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Call for Participation of Young Scientists/Practitioners

APN’s Annual Proposal Development Training Workshop (PDTW) will be held from 5 to 7 November 2015 in Mongolia. The training workshop is designed to enhance the capacity of young scientists and practitioners in the Temperate East Asia region to develop competitive project proposals for funding.

Considering limited financial resources and the numbers that can be accommodated for an effective workshop (about 20-25), participants will be selected on a “first come, first served” basis. For this reason, those interested are encouraged to submit their application before 15 August 2015.

Main Topic

The main topic of the present workshop will be: Land Use and Climate Change.The workshop will focus on the following priority research topics taken from the APN’s Fourth Strategic Plan:

  1. Assessment and enhancement of land use sustainability
  2. Nature, extent, causes and impacts of land use and land cover change
  3. Global environment change and land use planning
  4. Urban land use change

Structure of the Workshop

The training workshop will be conducted over three days (5–7 November 2015) and will comprise three main parts that are: (1) Field visit (2) Interactive lectures; and (3) Hands-on training exercises (see Part A). The field visit on the first day will provide a networking opportunity for young scientists in the region to get to know each other. The second part aims to provide an overview of APN’s calls for proposals for funded activities, its review process, together with guidelines on project proposal writing. In the third part, pre-determined break-out groups comprising four to five young scientists each will develop proposals with support from assigned mentors.

Participants will receive a certificate after completion of the three-day training programme.

Eligibility and Procedures

  • Young/early-career scientists/practitioners from, living and working in the APN member countries of China, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea or Russian Federation that are 40 years of age or under can apply for the PDTW (research students/research assistants and post-docs are encouraged).
  • He/she should be working in areas of, or have academic experience related to, the main topic of the workshop.
  • He/she must be one of the following:
    • An undergraduate degree holder with five years of related working experience;
    • A postgraduate working towards a PhD or Master’s;
    • A Master’s degree holder with two years of related working experience;
    • A PhD degree holder;
    • A postdoctoral student.
  • He/she must currently be affiliated to an academic or national/regional research institution.
  • He/she must have a good working knowledge of the English language.
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s affiliated institution and a motivation essay are required to be attached to the Application Form.
  • Participants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Those who intend to apply on a self-funded basis can be within or outside the sub-region, but their intended work must focus on the Temperate East Asia Region and the applicant must be from one of APN’s member/approved countries.
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