November 11, 2013

GWF Emerging Scholars Award for Scholars and Practitioners in Water-related Fields and Research Worldwide

GWF Emerging Scholars Award

Course(s) Offered: Water-related fields
Course Level: Research, projects, opinions
Provider: Global Water Forum
Country to Study in: All countries

Scholarship Description
The annual GWF Emerging Scholars Award is an opportunity for early-career scholars and practitioners working in water-related fields to publish a short article presenting their research, projects, or opinions to a global audience.

The top three articles, as judged by a panel of leading water experts, will be awarded a monetary prize. The ten finalists will be given the opportunity to publish their work on the official site.

Applications are currently open for the 2013 Award and will close at midnight (GMT) on 18 November 2013. Details regarding submissions can be found below on this page. The Award is run each year and entries of all of 2012 Award finalists can be found on the official website (via link provided below).

The annual GWF Emerging Scholars Award is an opportunity for early-career scholars and practitioners working in water-related fields to publish a short article presenting their research, projects, or opinions to a global audience.


Eligibility
Participants are required to:
  • Submit an 800-1,000 word article relevant to the theme ‘Water Cooperation’.
  • Be a PhD recipient or PhD candidate under 36 years of age on the date of submission.
Judging criteria:
Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Originality of thought or approach to a subject/issue/problem.
  • Written expression.
  • Clarity and soundness of argument.
Put simply, we are looking for well-written, interesting articles that present innovative research, significant insights, or compelling arguments. Moreover, the articles have to be accessible to readers who do not work in the specific field and, more importantly, the general public; highly technical articles lacking clear explanations will not advance far in the judging process.

Past students, collaborators, and/or colleagues of Professor Grafton, Dr Pittock, and Dr Connell, as well as employees of United Nations Organisations will not be eligible for the financial prizes associated with the Award. They may, however, be eligible to be selected as one of the ten finalists or to have their articles published on the site at a later date.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries worldwide

Participating Institutions
The UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

Partners include:
UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation),
ANU (the Australian National University), and
The United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation 2013.

Fields of study
The GWF is pleased to partner with the UN International Year of Water Cooperation 2013 in presenting this year’s theme: ‘Water Cooperation’.

This broad theme encompasses many aspects of water governance, including transboundary governance, development, economic approaches to resolving water disputes, solving water security issues, among many others.

Participants are not required to formally establish the link of the chosen topic to ‘Water Cooperation’ and a broad conception of the theme will be used in the judging process.

Number of awards
The best ten (10) will be selected

Scholarship benefits
The top 10 finalists will be offered the opportunity to publish on the Global Water Forum site and in the GWF Discussion Paper Series during December 2013. High-quality entries which are not selected as finalists may also be offered the opportunity to publish their articles at a later date.

First prize is US$500; second prize is US$300; and third prize is US$200.

Method of Application
The Emerging Scholars Award is judged by a panel of leading water researchers from the Australian National University including: Professor Quentin Grafton, Dr Jamie Pittock, and Dr Daniel Connell.

Articles should be submitted using one of the following templates: Microsoft Word or PDF. Word is the preferred format.

All submissions should be made to the Contact below.

Selected finalists will be required to provide: (i) proof that they were under 36 years of age on the date of submission (e.g. scan of driver’s license or passport), and (ii) proof of enrolment in or completion of a PhD program (e.g. link to institutional profile page).

Submissions:
Eligible submissions to the Award will belong to one of the following three categories:
  • Research pieces – a summary or overview of water-related academic research undertaken by the author. This may be research that has already been published elsewhere or unpublished research. Although summaries are permitted, all entries have to be original pieces of work.
  • Project pieces – an overview of a field-based water project or projects that the author is or has been involved in, describing the challenges, successes, lessons, etc.
  • Opinion pieces – insightful, evidence based comment on current or future water issues. This could involve issues that are already prominent in public discourse, or issues that the author believes should be prominent.
DEADLINES:
Applications will close at midnight (GMT) on 18 November 2013.

PLEASE NOTE:
The Global Water Forum was established in 2010 as an initiative of the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance in order to make water related knowledge and resources freely available. The contributions provide evidence-based, accessible, and freely available articles looking at local, regional, and global water challenges.

The Global Water Forum Emerging Scholars Award is sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University. Partners in this initiative include: the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation, the Australian National University, and the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation 2013.

The Global Water Forum, UNESCO, and the Australian National University take no responsibility for the contents of Emerging Scholar Award entries which are published on the Global Water Forum. Whilst the Global Water Forum endeavours to ensure that all published articles are original content, the authors are responsible for the contents of articles and any copyright violations or legal consequences arising from the contents. Please see the Global Water Forum’s general terms and conditions on the official website (via link provided below).

Contact
Please direct all enquiries and submissions to: emergingscholars@globalwaterforum.org.

Application Deadline: 18 November 2013
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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