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GBIF Graduate Researchers Award

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The GBIF Graduate Researchers Award 2023 application period is currently open. The GBIF Secretariat is pleased to extend an invitation to submit nominations for the 2023 Award on behalf of the National Participant Network. With the help of GBIF data, graduate students whose master’s and doctoral studies are based on biodiversity informatics conduct unique research and discoveries every year.

  • Host: GBIF
  • Award Value: €5,000
  • Eligible Nationality: International
  • Application Deadline: June 19, 2023.
  • Study Level: Master’s/PhD
GBIF Graduate Researchers Award
GBIF Graduate Researchers Award

GBIF Graduate Researchers Award Description

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility, or GBIF for short, is a global network and research infrastructure supported by governments throughout the world with the goal of granting open access to information about all forms of life on Earth to anyone, anywhere.

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With official nominations from heads of delegation or managers of communication nodes from GBIF participating countries, the 2023 program will award two awards totaling €5,000 to recognize the work of two early-career academics, ideally a master’s candidate and a PhD student.

Eligibility Criteria for the GBIF Graduate Researchers Award

  • To be qualified for the grant, applicants must submit a letter of support confirming their enrollment in a graduate-level academic program.
  • Candidates must be one of the following:
    (a) citizens of a GBIF member nation OR
    (b) kids in a school in a nation that participates in the GBIF
  • The GBIF delegation, the applicant’s home country’s node, or the applicant’s host institution’s nation may all make nominations.

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GBIF Graduate Researchers Award
GBIF Graduate Researchers Award

Selection Standards

The Graduate Scholar Awards winners will be chosen by the GBIF Scientific Committee once it has reviewed the nominations.

The following criteria will be used to choose the winners:

  1. Uniqueness and innovation
  2. The application and strategic significance of data with GBIF access
  3. promote biodiversity informatics and/or biodiversity conservation with measurably effective and significant effects.

In succeeding years, unaccepted proposals may be revised and resubmitted for consideration.


Candidates must create their nomination package, which must contain the following:

  • A brief synopsis of the study (200 words)
  • A five-page maximum, Arial 12-point project description describing:
  1. The relevance of the study and the subject or questions it addresses.
  2. The function of the data made available by GBIF in addressing these queries. Research submissions must explicitly state how they will use GBIF-mobilized data in their studies. To gain a better understanding of the GBIF-mobilized data, students should consult their academic advisors, the GBIF National Node, the GBIF Secretariat, or members of the Scientific Committee.
  3. Scope, methodology, citations to pertinent literature, and timing of the research.
  4. A summary of, or an excerpt from, a data management plan that explains how research-related data is released through GBIF or will be ready for it on, as appropriate.
  • Curriculum vitae of the student candidate, along with their home institution’s contact details.
  • Supplementary Documents:
  1. A formal letter from the student’s mentor or supervisor attesting that the applicant is an enrolled graduate student at the university in good standing.
  2. A minimum of one and a maximum of three letters of recommendation from recognized scientists working in a subject that incorporates and embraces biodiversity informatics (such as genetics, species composition and traits, biogeography, ecology, systematics, etc.).

The Head of Delegation or Head of the Communication Node of a GBIF participating country, whether voting or associate (see full list), should be contacted by students who seek to secure a nomination. The deadlines and procedures for accepting and processing student applications are determined by the national participants. Young students should thus check the websites of their country’s GBIF participants or get in touch with the Head of Delegation or Node Leader directly if they desire to be nominated.

For application procedures and further requirements, visit the scholarship host’s official page. (Link provided below).


GBIF Graduate Researchers Award
GBIF Graduate Researchers Award

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the GBIF Graduate Research Award Program?

An annual program called the Graduate Researchers Award (formerly known as the Young Researchers Award) aims to encourage creative study and discovery in the field of biodiversity informatics. Two graduate students receive awards from the GRA, often a PhD candidate and a Master's candidate.

How do you accept a grant for research?

Please say "thank you." Give credit where credit is due, explain your feelings over the honor, and explain how it ties to the giving organization or your neighborhood. As you once more say "thank you" and leave the stage, carry yourself with dignity and respect.

What distinguishes a research grant from a research award?

A grant is a legally binding agreement for future work that includes payments made in advance of the work, according to the NIH and NSF of the United States of America. An award is the money itself.

What advantages do research grants offer?

It takes time, but applying for a research grant is worthwhile. In addition to giving one the chance to plan a strong study, it also enables one to comprehend the administrative side of carrying out research.


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