APN Proposal Development Training Workshop

Deadline: 23rd December 2017


Viet Nam, 28 February-2 March 2018

APN’s Annual Proposal Development Training Workshop (PDTW) will be held on 28 February-2 March 2018 in Viet Nam. The training workshop is designed to enhance the capacity of young scientists and practitioners in Southeast Asia to develop competitive research proposals for funding. Another main focus of the workshop is to provide a platform to strengthen the network among Southeast Asia researchers as well as identify collaborators for regional research activities.

Considering the limited financial support and the ultimate number of participants 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 23rd December 2017, 23:59:59 (JST).

Main Theme

The workshop theme will focus on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Resilience to Climate Change in Vulnerable Areas”.


The training workshop will be conducted over three days (28 February–2 March 2018) 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. 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. In the last part, all groups will practice the review process by reviewing other groups’ proposals. Participants will receive a certificate after completion of the three-day training programme.


The PDTW is open to young scientists from Southeast Asia and working in the area(s) related to the main theme 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 Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Viet Nam, and Thailand.

Young scientists/practitioners who wish to attend the workshop on a self-funded basis may apply and should be working in an area related to the main theme and with a focus on Southeast 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 will be important to your career and what are the expected impacts?; (b) What are your research interests?; (c) Why are you motivated to undertake 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 your research career; (c) Commitment and consent as 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.
  1. Young/early-career scientists/practitioners under 40 years of age can apply for the PDTW (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 theme 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 with 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 Southeast 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, APN will financially support 15 young/early-career scientists/practitioners.
  2. From each sub-regional member country (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Viet Nam, and Thailand), a maximum 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 23rd December 2017, 23:59:59 (JST). However, as applications will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis, early application is recommended.

Additional notes
  1. During the workshop, breakfast and lunch will be served for all participants.
  2. Those who have previously participated in earlier PDTWs are not eligible to apply.

For queries, please contact the APN secretariat via email to: Dr. Linda Stevenson (lastevenson@apn-gcr.org) with a carbon copy to Ms. Dinh Huong Long (hdinh@apn-gcr.org)
More information on PDTWs: http://www.apn-gcr.org/programmes-and-activities/pdtw/

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