On behalf of all SA-YSSP partners, the SA-YSSP Steering Committee extends their cordial congratulations to all four award winners!
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa have jointly established awards to recognize the highest standards of achievement among the young scientists participating in the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP).
The SA-YSSP was an annual three-month collaborative research-training and capacity-building program hosted at the University of the Free State, South Africa, in 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15. Each participant worked on a research project that was aligned with his/her doctoral research, and was designed and developed together with a team of 2-3 senior scientists from South Africa and IIASA. The SA-YSSP has contributed to the establishment, growth, and enhancement of high-level strategic research networks internationally, whilst at the same time developing capacity in systems analysis at the PhD, postdoctoral, and supervisory levels through research conducted in the areas of the South African Department of Science and Technology’s grand challenges. The SA-YSSP targeted advanced doctoral candidates from South Africa, Southern Africa, and IIASA member countries to ensure a rich international mix of participants. Since its inception, the SA-YSSP has developed applied systems analysis skills among over 80 doctoral students from 30 countries including 35 young scholars from South Africa.
As part of the program, systems analysis scholarships are granted to young scientists whose research achievements and reports are considered superior in terms of the quality and originality of their research, the effectiveness of their approach, and the broader relevance of their findings. These scholarships enable the selected young scientists to advance and deepen their research through another intensive collaborative research period, this time at IIASA. For the SA-YSSP 2014-15 awards, eight young scientists were nominated by their supervisors. To evaluate these nominations, 38 external reviews were secured – the SA-YSSP Steering Committee gratefully acknowledges all reviewers, whose assessments were of great value in the selection process. Finally, based on all received reports, nominations, and reviews, three scholarships were selected by the SA-YSSP Steering Committee.
Last edited: 18 December 2015
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