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2013 GWF Emerging Scholars Writing Award | @GWFWater

2013 GWF Emerging Scholars Writing Award | @GWFWater

Writing AwardThe annual GWF Emerging Scholars Award is an opportunity for early-career scholars and practitioners working in water-related fields to publish a short article presenting their research, projects, or opinions to a global audience.

The GWF is pleased to partner with the UN International Year of Water Cooperation 2013 in presenting this year’s theme: ‘Water Cooperation’. This broad theme encompasses many aspects of water governance, including transboundary governance, development, economic approaches to resolving water disputes, solving water security issues, among many others. Participants are not required to formally establish the link of the chosen topic to ‘Water Cooperation’ and a broad conception of the theme will be used in the judging process.


Water Cooperation


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First prize is US$500; second prize is US$300; and third prize is US$200.

The top 10 finalists will be offered the opportunity to publish on the Global Water Forum site and in the GWF Discussion Paper Series during December 2013. High-quality entries which are not selected as finalists may also be offered the opportunity to publish their articles at a later date.


18 November, 2013


  • The Award is run each year and entries of all of 2012 Award finalists can be found here.
  • Participants are required to:

# Submit an 800-1,000 word article relevant to the theme ‘Water Cooperation’.

# Be a PhD recipient or PhD candidate under 36 years of age on the date of submission.

  • The Emerging Scholars Award is judged by a panel of leading water researchers from the Australian National University including: Professor Quentin Grafton, Dr Jamie Pittock, and Dr Daniel Connell.
  • All announcements regarding the outcomes of the Award will be made on the organizers’ website. Due to the high volume of entries we apologise that we are unable to personally inform each entrant of the outcome of their submission.
  • Selected finalists will be required to provide: (i) proof that they were under 36 years of age on the date of submission (e.g. scan of driver’s license or passport), and (ii) proof of enrolment in or completion of a PhD program (e.g. link to institutional profile page).
  • The Global Water Forum Emerging Scholars Award is sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University. Partners in this initiative include: the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation, the Australian National University, and the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation 2013.
  • Eligible submissions to the Award will belong to one of the following three categories:

# Research pieces – a summary or overview of water-related academic research undertaken by the author. This may be research that has already been published elsewhere or unpublished research. Although summaries are permitted, all entries have to be original pieces of work.

# Project pieces – an overview of a field-based water project or projects that the author is or has been involved in, describing the challenges, successes, lessons, etc.

# Opinion pieces – insightful, evidence based comment on current or future water issues. This could involve issues that are already prominent in public discourse, or issues that the author believes should be prominent.

  • Articles should be submitted using one of the following templates: Microsoft Word or PDF. Word is the preferred format.
  • Articles should reference at least three verifiable sources in support of their arguments, at least one of which must be peer-reviewed.
  • Articles should be written in excellent quality English with no significant or repeated spelling or grammatical errors.
  • All articles should be original pieces of work, the entirety or excerpts of which should not have published elsewhere. The authors will be responsible for any copyright violations associated with their entries.
    • The judging criteria are:

# Originality of thought or approach to a subject/issue/problem.

# Written expression.

# Clarity and soundness of argument.

  • Put simply, we are looking for well-written, interesting articles that present innovative research, significant insights, or compelling arguments. Moreover, the articles have to be accessible to readers who do not work in the specific field and, more importantly, the general public; highly technical articles lacking clear explanations will not advance far in the judging process.
  • Past students, collaborators, and/or colleagues of Professor Grafton, Dr Pittock, and Dr Connell, as well as employees of United Nations Organisations will not be eligible for the financial prizes associated with the Award. They may, however, be eligible to be selected as one of the ten finalists or to have their articles published on the site at a later date.


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