UNESCO Man and Biosphere Young Scientists Awards 1277 views

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The UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme is inviting young researchers carrying out research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity in line with UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, particularly those from developing countries, to apply for its 2020 MAB Young Scientists Awards. Priority is given to projects carried out in biosphere reserves. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take into account the priorities of the MAB Strategy and 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). Applicants should state how their research contributes to the research-related actions of the LAP and to the SDGs.

The MAB Young Scientists Award Scheme aims to:

  • encourage young scientists, in particular those from developing countries, to use MAB research, project sites and biosphere reserves in their research;
  • encourage young scientists who already use such sites to undertake comparative studies in other sites in or outside their own country;
  • promote and encourage the exchange of information and experience among a new generation of scientists;
  • strengthen communication of the LAP within the young scientists and strengthen its visibility;
  • involve young scientist in the implementation of the LAP; and
  • enhance awareness among young scientists of the role of research in the implementation of the SDGs – in particular when conducted in biosphere reserves.


Awards of up to US$5,000 will be given to winners in support of their research on ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity.


Applicants must be 35 years old or younger. Priority is given to applications from developing countries. Applicants from developed countries are eligible for Awards only in exceptional cases or if working in joint partnership with developing countries. 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.

Applications must contain concise information on past and existing research in areas concerned in order to present linkages and avoid duplications and financing of projects already carried-out.

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.


The application form is available online. Completed and endorsed forms (by the MAB National Committee in applicant’s home country) must be submitted to the MAB Secretariat by 13 December 2019.

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