The Young Scientists Award Programme (GEBIP)
The Young Scientists Award Programme (GEBIP) - Atrium into Academy Membership An Investment into the Future of the Academy
Launched in 2001, this award programme is one of the first of its kind in the world. The objective of TÜBA-GEBIP is to foster young, outstanding scientists who are at the stage of establishing their own research programmes in Turkey after finishing their post-doctoral research activities. TÜBA supports these scientists for a period of three years and helps them set up their own research groups at a stage when they are in need for incentives. In this way TÜBA tries to contribute to develope a new generation of competent researchers from all disciplines, including social sciences and humanities, basic sciences and health sciences. The Turkish Academy of Sciences considers itself as a school to train young promising academicians.
The GEBIP programme aims to set up a kind of Young Academy of scientists under the age of 40. Aside from a grant provided for a period of three years, a member of the Academy is assigned as the mentor, and an environment of solidarity and interaction is created through joint meetings held with Academy members.
The GEBIP Programme is conducted by the GEBIP Main Committee and the GEBIP Field Committees set up by the Presidency of the Academy. Applications may be in person, by the President of the related university or the highest administrator of the related institution or by a Principal or Honorary member of the Academy.
The selection procedure among GEBIP candidates has very high standards. First, applicants prepare detailed dossiers including their international publications in refereed journals, books edited, ongoing research projects and proposed research programme, plus three letters of reference. Second, juries in four different scientific fields (field committees) evaluate and grade the applicants according to their dossiers and three referee reports. In the final stage, applicants who become GEBIP candidates according to their grade points are invited to an interview.
Every six months, GEBIP awardees are expected to submit a detailed report to their mentor about the progress of their scientific research and publications. The mentors convey their evaluations about the GEBIP awardees' scientific activities to the Academy Council at the end of every six months. Based on these evaluations, the Academy Council decides to continue, stop or end the payment of the award. The limit of the award period is three years.
When GEBIP awardees involve a Ph.D student in their research work, they receive an addendum to their award. All GEBIP awardees are seen as role-models who will potentially create Centers of Excellence in their environment. After their active period of support (three years) is over, they receive once a year some financial support to participate in a scientific meeting for five years.
Every year, a meeting is organised by TÜBA at a different University in Anatolia for active all the GEBIP awardees who are in their active period of support, and their mentors. The aim of these annual meetings is to introduce the GEBIP members and their mentors to each other and create a synergy in this young scientific community. During these meetings which last for three days, GEBIP awardees convene in four field groups with their mentors and make presentations about their scientific studies. These sessions are open to all other participants from the host University. The fields are:
- Social Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Medical Sciences
The GEBIP programme is considered as a source of prospective members to the Academy. After completing the GEBIP programme, the young scientists maintain their ties with the Academy as senior members of the GEBIP community. From among such senior GEBIP Members, the most outstanding ones may be elected to Associate Membership for a period up to nine years (15 senior GEBIP members have been elected to Associate Membership and two to Principal Membership). Thus, a process for a period of twelve years is envisioned for supporting the best young scholars of the country with continuous assessment of their scientific performance as possible candidates for Principal Membership of the Academy.
The number of scientists participating in GEBIP since 2001, reached 294 along with those selected in 2012 (n = 28). The rate of success in admission is approximately 17 %. Of this pool of distinguished young scientists, 176 conduct research in basic sciences, 60 in life sciences and 58 in social sciences.
YEARS FIELDS WOMEN MEN TOTAL
2001-2012 Life Sciences 24 36 60
2001-2012 Social Sciences 28 30 58
2001-2012 Basic Sciences 27 149 176
2001-2012 Cumulative Total 79 215 294
Years Applications to the Programme (n) Awardees (n)
2001-2012 1723 294
Cumulative Rate of Success: 17 %