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Become a NexGen Mekong Scientist

As a NexGen participant you are encouraged to apply for collaborative partnership opportunities that align with your skillset and interests. Collaborative partnerships will vary widely in structure with opportunities varying from domestic field work (e.g., within the Mekong region) to international travel and lab work lasting anywhere from 1-6 months. Opportunities will be solicited via yearly and on a rolling basis when applicable. Requests for applications will also be announced yearly for conference attendance and the annual Mekong Research Symposium (when travel and health and safety guidelines permit). All applications will be reviewed and ranked by a review panel, with final decisions made by the program manager. If selected as a NexGen participant you will become a part of NexGen cohort of that year and expected to participate and contribute to the mission of NexGen as outlined below.  


Interested participants must: 

  • Be early career scientists/professionals (defined as an individual who is currently enrolled in graduate school for a Master’s or PhD degree, a current post-doc, or one who received a graduate degree within the last 5 years) 

  • Be from one of the Mekong region countries 

  • Display leadership qualities   

  • Have relevant background experience i.e. current enrollment in STEM graduate program (including social sciences)  

  • Demonstrate interest in science-policy interface 

  • Have a proficient understanding of English  


While application materials for specific opportunities may vary, at a minimum, candidates must submit the following materials to be considered in the NexGen program: 

  • Resume or CV 

  • Cover Letter expressing interest, background, and goals for participation 

  • Proof of graduate degree enrollment or having finished within 5 years time 


Once selected for participation in the NexGen cohort, each participant will be expected to: 

  • Satisfy the expectations defined in their fellowship/internship, attendance in regional or international events, or conference attendance 

  • Participate in monthly virtual meetings with the other NexGen scientists 

  • Write one guest blog post for the NexGen website  

  • Submit a final report summarizing the activities completed, impact, and lessons learned 

  • Consider serving as a review panelist or join the board of advisors in future years  

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