APN’s Annual Proposal Development Training Workshop (PDTW) 2018

APN’s Annual Proposal Development Training Workshop (PDTW) 2018

Deadline: December 23, 2017

Are you a young researcher working in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Viet Nam, and Thailand and interest in developing regional proposals? Then apply for this! 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.

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 (February 28 – March 2, 2018) and will comprise three main parts that are:

  • Icebreaking session and/or field visit;
  • Interactive lecture-based activity; and
  • Hands-on training exercises.


  • 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.
  • From each sub-regional member country (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand), a maximum of two young/early-career scientists/practitioners will be selected as recipients of APN financial support.
  • Sponsorship for successful applicants will cover the cost of economy class air tickets, accommodation and local transportation.
  • 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.
  • There is no registration fee to participate in this workshop.


  • Open to young/early-career scientists/practitioners from Southeast Asia under 40 years of age;
  • You should be working in areas of, or have academic experience related to, the main theme of the workshop;
  • You must be one of the following:
    • An undergraduate degree holder with five years of related working experience;
    • A postgraduate working towards a PhD or Master’s degree;
    • A Master’s degree holder with two years of related work experience;
    • A PhD degree holder;
    • A postdoctoral student.
  • You must currently be affiliated to an academic or national/regional research institution;
  • You must have a good working knowledge of the English language;
  • A letter of recommendation from your supervisor and a motivation essay are required to be attached to the Application Form.
  • Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis;
  • 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.


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

  • Complete and submit the online application form here
  • 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?
  • Submit your resume/CV (maximum 2 pages).
  • 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.

For applicants who request full or partial funding support, the deadline is December 2017, 23:59:59 (JST). However, as applications will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis, early application is recommended.

For more information, visit APN’s Annual Proposal Development Training Workshop.