Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Young Researchers Awards 2024

Deadline: 24th of June, 2024

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Young Researchers Awards for 2024 are now accepting applications.On behalf of its network of national Participants, the GBIF Secretariat is pleased to seek applications for the 2024 Graduate Researchers Award. The purpose of this yearly program is to support and honor graduate students who use GBIF-mediated data for their master’s and doctorate studies in biodiversity informatics for their creative research and discoveries.

Two early-career researchers—ideally a master’s and a PhD candidate—who obtain official nominations from the heads of delegation or node managers of GBIF Participant countries will be awarded a pair of €5,000 awards as part of the 2024 program in recognition of their efforts.


Candidates must provide a support letter verifying their affiliation with a university graduate programme to be eligible for the award. In addition, candidates must be either

a) citizens of a country participating in GBIF
b) students at an institution located in a GBIF participant country

Nominations can come from the GBIF delegation or node of either the candidate’s country of citizenship or the country of the candidate’s host institution

Award Nomination:

Candidates should prepare their proposal and nomination packets to include:

  1. Research summary (200 words)
  2. Project description (maximum 5 pages, 12-point Arial) that describes
    a. How the research advances biodiversity informatics and/or the conservation of biological diversity.
    b. The role of data accessed through GBIF in addressing these questions. Research proposals must clearly demonstrate how the study incorporates data mobilized through GBIF. Students with questions about GBIF-enabled data should work with academic advisors, their GBIF national node, the GBIF Secretariat or members of the Science Committee to increase their understanding.
    c. The research scope, plan, methodologies, relevant literature citations and timetable.
    d. If relevant, a description or an excerpt from a data management plan that outlines how data related to the research is published or will be prepared for publication through the GBIF network to
  3. Curriculum vitae of the student applicant including full contact information at the home institution.
  4. Supporting documents
    a. An official letter from the student’s faculty mentor/supervisor certifying that the applicant is a student in good standing in the graduate programme of the university.
    b. At least one, and no more than three, letters of support from established researchers active in a field that encompasses and incorporates biodiversity informatics (e.g., genetics, species composition and traits, biogeography, ecology, systematics, et al.)

Submission process and deadlines:

  • Students seeking nomination must apply to the Head of Delegation or node manager of a GBIF Voting or Associate Participant country. National participants are responsible for establishing their own deadlines and processes for receiving and processing student applications. As a result, graduate students who seek nomination should consult the websites of their national GBIF Participants or contact the Head of Delegation or node manager directly.
  • Student proposals are first reviewed and prioritized at the national level. GBIF national nodes are encouraged to work closely with the academic communities and higher education institutions in their countries and to reach out to relevant university programmes and research groups.
  • National Heads of Delegation and/or node managers may submit a maximum of two nominees per country to the GBIF Secretariat to by the deadline for submissions: 24 June 2024. Heads of Delegations in cooperation with node managers will ensure that submissions are complete and include all the elements listed below. Submissions of incomplete proposals will not be considered.

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