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Awards Objectives

An annual award is established to encourage young scientists and engineers to take on research in science, technology and innovation. The ASEAN-ROK Award for Excellence in Science, Technology and innovation recognizes the academic and professional achievements of promising, early-career scientists and engineers of ASEAN nationality. The Award is open to professionals pursuing careers in any field of natural sciences or engineering. Especially the Next ASEAN Innovator distinction reaches out to scientists and engineers of ASEAN nationality who aim to establish joint research partnerships with the scientific community in the Republic of Korea.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to participate in the award in pursuance of the Next ASEAN Innovator distinction, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Citizen of an ASEAN member state*; and
  • A professional with less than 5 years of working experience after earning a Ph.D.**;
  • Has no record in the past two years of receiving an award organized or supported by ASEAN, in the field of science and engineering
  • ASEAN member states include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam (in alphabetical order)
  • Major field of a Ph.D. degree or a doctoral program should be in natural sciences (including physics, mathematical sciences, chemistry, nanoscience, biological science, medical science, etc.) or engineering (including mechanical, aerospace, electronics, environmental engineering and computer science, etc.)

The winner will receive USD 12,000 by the Minister of Ministry of Science, Technology and ICT (MSIT) of ROK. The award money will be wire transferred to the winner within a month after the award ceremony. MSIT will also sponsor the travel expenses, lodging expenses as well as meal provisions for the winners to attend the one-week ASEAN-ROK STI Training Programme and the awarding ceremony. The winner will be invited to attend the by-nomination annual one-week ASEAN-ROK STI Training Programme held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, to present and share his/her work. During the closing ceremony of the Programme, the Minister of MSIT will present the winners of the ASEAN-ROK Award for Excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation with their Award. The award ceremony is expected to be attended by distinguished guests from the respective embassies of ASEAN Member States in Korea and invited stakeholders.

Application Procedures

In order to be considered for the award under the Next ASEAN Innovator distinction, applicants should submit the following online to STEPI with copy to ASEAN Secretariat, :
1) Application form

  • Supporting documents within the application form: (note: include only achievements over the last 5 years)
  • Applicant’s key research paper (preferably a published research paper)
  • Appendix 1 – List of journal articles
  • Appendix 2 – List of patents
  • Appendix 3 – List of conference presentations
  • Appendix 4 – List of fellowships, honors and awards

2) A Personal Statement
3) Recommendation Letter by a professor or advisor or research collaborator who had worked with the applicant before on the applicant’s research area. (A recommender cannot provide a letter for more than one applicant for consideration of the award.) Required documents, completed in every respect, must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM
GMT+9 on 31 July 2021 for an application to be considered for Next ASEAN Innovator distinction of
the award.