10.07.2013 - UNESCO Office in Apia

UNESCO Apia Office echoes calls for applications for the 2014 Man and Biosphere (MAB) Young Scientist Awards

UNESCO’s Pacific Sub-regional Office in Apia invites young scientists to apply for research funding under the auspices of the Pacific Man and Biosphere program (PacMAB). This funding is available to promote young scientists from Pacific member countries to undertake research involving existing and potential biospheres in the Pacific region. Under the Pacific network of biospheres (PacMAB) there are currently three existing Biosphere Reserves in the region and several more sites are under consideration for nomination.

The funding also aims to encourage young scientists who already use such sites to undertake comparative studies in other sites in or outside their own country and to assist in the exchange of information and experience among a new generation of scientists.

Awards will be provided based on the following criteria:

-         Applicants must not be older than 40 years of age

-         Priority will be given to research undertaken in designated or proposed Man and Biosphere sites 

-         Applicants should be from the Pacific region (exceptional cases apply)

-         Research should last no more than two years

Funding of up to US$5,000 is available to each successful applicant; applications must be submitted no later than 31 October 2013.

For more details and to apply, please go to MAB website:



or contact Dr. Denis Chang Seng  (d.chang-seng@unesco.org) or Ms. Perelini Hamuferi (p.hamuferi@unesco.org) at the UNESCO Office in Apia.

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