The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Graduate Researchers Award is a prestigious international award designed to recognize and support outstanding graduate students whose master’s and doctoral studies rely on GBIF-mediated data. The award aims to foster innovation in the use and mobilization of biodiversity data shared through the GBIF network.
To be eligible for the GBIF Graduate Researchers Award, applicants must:
- Be a graduate student (master’s or doctoral candidate) enrolled in a full-time program at a recognized university or research institution.
- Be conducting research that utilizes GBIF-mediated biodiversity data as a primary component.
- Demonstrate a strong academic record with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or equivalent.
- Possess a keen interest in contributing to the advancement of biodiversity informatics and/or the conservation of biological diversity.
- Exhibit exceptional research potential and a commitment to making a positive impact in their chosen field.
- Demonstrate proficiency in English, both written and spoken.
The GBIF Graduate Researchers Award provides comprehensive support to selected scholars, including:
- A financial award of €5,000 to support research activities and travel expenses.
- Recognition and promotion of the scholar’s research accomplishments through GBIF’s communication channels.
- Opportunities to participate in GBIF conferences, workshops, and training programs.
- Mentorship from experienced GBIF scientists and experts.
The application deadline for the GBIF Graduate Researchers Award is typically in May each year. Interested applicants can submit their applications online through the GBIF scholarships portal. The application process involves submitting the following documents:
- Completed online application form.
- Academic transcripts translated into English (if applicable).
- Two letters of recommendation from academic or research supervisors.
- Research proposal outlining the applicant’s intended research project.
- Curriculum vitae highlighting the applicant’s academic achievements, research interests, and relevant skills.
- English language proficiency certificate (if applicable).
Applications are rigorously reviewed by a selection committee based on the following criteria:
- Originality and innovation of the research project.
- Use and strategic importance of GBIF-mediated data in the research project.
- Measurable effectiveness and impact of the research in advancing biodiversity informatics and/or the conservation of biological diversity.
- Academic record and research potential of the applicant.
- Clarity and coherence of the research proposal and application materials.
Notification of Results
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications within a few months of the application deadline. Selected scholars will receive an official acceptance letter and invitation to join the GBIF research community.
Benefits of GBIF Graduate Researchers Award
The GBIF Graduate Researchers Award offers numerous benefits to selected scholars, including:
- Financial support to cover research expenses and travel opportunities.
- Recognition and international exposure for their research contributions.
- Networking opportunities with leading experts in biodiversity informatics and conservation.
- Mentorship and guidance from experienced scientists and researchers.
- Enhanced career prospects and potential for future collaborations.
The GBIF Graduate Researchers Award is an exceptional opportunity for outstanding graduate students to showcase their research, contribute to the advancement of biodiversity knowledge, and prepare for successful careers in biodiversity informatics and conservation. With its comprehensive support, international recognition, and collaborative opportunities, the GBIF network provides an ideal environment for scholars to excel and achieve their full potential.