APN Proposal Development Training Workshop for Young Scientists in South Asia

14.12 - 16.12.2016  
Paro, Bhutan
Contact person:
Linda Anne Stevenson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Workshop report: 
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APN's Proposal Development Training Workshop for Young Scientists in South Asia will be held in Paro, Bhutan, from 14-16 December 2016. This is a PAGES-supported workshop.


The workshop will be held at Tashi Namgay Resort, Damsebu, Paro, Bhutan:


The training workshop is designed to enhance the capacity of young scientists and practitioners in the South Asia region to develop competitive research proposals for funding. Another main focus of the workshop is to provide a platform to strengthen ties among South Asian researchers as well as identify collaborators for regional research activities.

APN has implemented a special grant scheme called “Collaborative Research for Young Scientists” for young scientists that provides opportunities to engage in and lead regional collaborative research in global change sustainability. Therefore, the primary target audience for the workshop is those researchers interested to conduct and/or already engaged in a regional research activity.

Considering limited financial resources and the numbers that can be accommodated for an effective workshop (about 18-20), participants will be selected on a "first come, first served" basis. For this reason, we encourage those interested to submit their application as soon as possible and before 31st October 2016.

Access the APN article about the workshop here.


The workshop will focus on the following priority research topics that will also be expected to develop collaboration between Paleoclimate science and modern climate studies in South Asia.

1. Paleoclimatology
2. Observed Climate Change and Variability
3. Regional Climate Modeling
4. Climate Applications


The training workshop will be conducted over three days (14–16 December 2016) and will comprise three main parts that are: (1) Icebreaking session and/or field visit; (2) Interactive lecture-based activity; and (3) Hands-on training exercises. The icebreaking session and/or field visit on the first day will provide a networking opportunity for young scientists in the region to get to know each other and their area of expertise. The second part aims to provide an overview of APN’s calls for proposals for funded activities, its review process, together with guidelines on project proposal writing. In the third part, pre-determined break-out groups comprising four to five young scientists will develop proposals with support from assigned mentors.

Participants will receive a certificate after completion of the three-day training program.

Day 1:
Introduction Session

- Group identification
- Game Session and/or field visit
- Research opportunities for young scientists
- APN Proposals process
Proposal Development
- Group discussion on identifying policy-relevant research topics
Break-out Group Exercise on Proposal Development - I

Day 2:
Group Exercise on Proposal Development - II
- Introduce timeline development and budgeting
Group Presentation Session - III
- Presenting research ideas
- Q&A session

Day 3:
Proposal Review Process
- Introduction on review criteria
- Exercise on proposal review and grading
Break-out Group Exercise on Proposal Review - IV
Project Implementation & Management
Communicating Research Outcomes
Closing Ceremony and Certificate Awards


The PDTW is open to young scientists from the South Asia region and working in the area(s) related to the main topics of the workshop. For this reason, applicants requiring funding support will ONLY be accepted from those young scientists/practitioners who are from, living and working in APN member countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Young scientists/practitioners who wish to submit applications on a self-funded basis may do so and should be working in an area related to the topic(s) and with a focus on South Asia, although he/she may be from any APN member or approved country.


To apply to participate in the PDTW, follow these steps:

1. Complete and submit the online application form for the PDTW through the APN website (
2. Submit a short motivation essay (300-400 words). The best essay will address the following questions in a narrative style:
    a. Why do you think this training workshop is important to your career and what are the expected impacts?
    b. What is your research interest(s)?
    c. Why you are motivated to do regional-based research?
3. Submit your resume/CV (maximum 2 pages).
4. Submit a letter of recommendation from your supervisor indicating:
    a. Endorsement to attend the workshop
    b. How the training workshop will benefit the proponent’s research career
    c. Commitment and consent as the supervisor of the trainee to encourage the trainee to submit regional-based proposals (to APN or other funding bodies) and/or become engaged in regional-based research.

Eligibility and procedures

1. Young/early-career scientists/practitioners 40 years of age or under can apply for the PDTW (research students/research assistants and post-docs are encouraged).
2. He/she should be working in areas of, or have academic experience related to, the main topic of the workshop.
3. He/she must be one of the following:
    a. An undergraduate degree holder with five years of related working experience;
    b. A postgraduate working towards a PhD or Master’s degree;
    c. A Master’s degree holder with two years of related work experience;
    d. A PhD degree holder;
    e. A postdoctoral student.
4. He/she must currently be affiliated to an academic or national/regional research institution.
5. He/she must have a good working knowledge of the English language.
6. A letter of recommendation from your supervisor and a motivation essay are required to be attached to the Application Form.
7. Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis.
8. Those who intend to apply on a self-funded basis can be within or outside the sub-region, but their intended work must focus on the South Asia Region and the applicant must be from one of APN’s member/approved countries.


1. A maximum of 25 young/early-career scientists and practitioners will be selected for the training workshop. Based on the financial resources available, the APN will financially support 15 young/early-career scientists/practitioners.
2. From each sub-regional member country (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), a minimum of two young/early-career scientists/practitioners will be selected as recipients of APN financial support.
3. Sponsorship for successful applicants will cover the cost of economy class air tickets, accommodation and local transportation.
4. Five self-funded participants will be selected based on their expertise and motivation to join the workshop. Self-funded participants are expected to arrange and pay for their travel, meal costs and accommodation.
5. There is no registration fee to participate in this workshop.


For applicants who request full or partial funding support, the deadline is 31 October 2016. However, as applications will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis, early application is recommended.

Further information

During the workshop, breakfast and lunch will be served for all participants.
Those who have previously participated in earlier PDTW training Workshops are not eligible to apply.

For additional queries, please contact the APN secretariat via email to: Dr. Linda Stevenson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a carbon copy to Ms. Taniya Koswatta This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information on PDTWs:


Post-workshop material

A story about the workshop was published on page 3 (pdf) of the Bhutan Today newspaper on 15 December 2016.

A blog article, titled "Communicating Research on Global Change: How to engage policy-makers?" was written by Nalaka Gunawardene on 18 December 2016.