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The UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme is inviting young scientists engaged in biosphere reserves work, particularly those from developing countries, to apply for its 2018 MAB Young Scientists Awards. Annually, the MAB Young Scientists Awards provides 10 young researchers with awards to support their research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity.

The target is young researchers carrying out interdisciplinary research in line with UNESCO’s MAB Programme, and priority is given to projects carried out in biosphere reserves. The objectives are to encourage young scientists, especially those from developing countries, to use MAB research, project sites and biosphere reserves in their research; and for those who already use such sites, to encourage them to undertake comparative studies in other sites in or outside their own country; and to facilitate the exchange of information and experience among a new generation of scientists.

MAB Young Scientists Award applicants are strongly encouraged to take into account the priorities of the Lima Action Plan for UNESCO’s MAB Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (LAP), which contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Awards of up to US$5,000 each will be given.


Priority is given to applications from developing countries. Applicants from developed countries are eligible for Awards only in exceptional cases. Applicants have to be no more than 35 years old, and applications must be endorsed by the MAB National Committee of the home country. Priority is given to interdisciplinary projects carried out in biosphere reserves designated under the Man and the Biosphere Programme or potential biosphere reserves and which contribute to the implementation of the LAP and the SDGs. In this regard, applicants have to identify in their applications if and how their research contributes to the research-related actions of the LAP and to the SDGs.

The research project should be completed within 2 years. For the countries in which a MAB National Committee does not exist or is not fully operational, the National Commission for UNESCO will ensure the selection of candidates according to the above criteria. Applicants from developed countries are eligible for Awards only in exceptional cases or if working in joint partnership with developing countries.


The application form is available online. Completed and endorsed forms must be submitted to the MAB Secretariat by 15 December 2017.

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