ERPA – Frequently Asked Questions

Entries for the 2015 Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA) are right around the corner. Though many people know the award is available, they are not sure whether or not it would be a good fit for them. A number of questions have been posed by candidates and potential candidates, and this FAQ page is designed to help answer many of those questions, so that as you work through the application, you do so with confidence in your entry.

Am I Eligible?

This award is open to water and river professionals all over the world. The criteria are pretty straightforward:

  1. You must be relatively new to the profession or study (10 years or less experience). There is no age limit!
  2. You must be able to show leadership and positive results in a river-related area, and you need to have worked on the project within the past year.
  3. You need to be available to attend the 18th International RiverSymposium in Brisbane, Australia. It will be held September 21st-24th, additional details and the program are available on the RiverSymposium website.

How Difficult is the Application Process?

The short answer is it’s short & easy. You need to provide some basic information, and your entry form is limited to fours in length, including any photos, data charts, and tables. It’s not a long application at all! Sometimes, getting everything into four pages can be more of a challenge than anything else!

What is I Need Some Financial Assistance with Getting to or Attending the RiverSymposium?

Financial assistance for travel, accommodation, and conference-related costs may be available. All requests are addressed on a case-by-case basis. To date, every finalist selected has been able to attend, present, and participate in the RiverSymposium.

If I Win, Are there Restrictions About How I Use the Prize Money?

The prize money is for you to do with what you would like. No strings attached! This is one of the only awards out there where you do not need to apply the funds to any project or organisation. It is completely up to you!

Is there an Application Form in MS Word Available?

Yes, and if you would like a copy, please send us an e-mail and we’ll get it to you very quickly!

Other Questions?

Send us an e-mail or leave a comment below!

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