The Elsevier Foundation, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) have established an award to recognize and spotlight talented early career women scientists living and working in developing countries. The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World is an awards programme to celebrate excellent women scientists from developing countries.
Launched by The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS and OWSD, the Awards reward and encourage women working and living in developing countries in the early stages of their scientific careers. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at a regional and international level and have often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence.
The award has an important impact on local research cultures. Previous winners say the awards have had a powerful effect, enhancing the visibility of their past work and creating new opportunities for the future. The awardees are powerful role models for young women who are contemplating whether to remain in an environment that is often hostile to their needs and experience.
The nominee must be a female scientist; have received her PhD within the previous 10 years; and have lived and worked in one of the eligible developing countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean during the three years immediately prior to the nomination: see list for Africa below (countries from other regions are listed on the official website).
The competition will be judged by a distinguished panel of international scientists, including members of TWAS, OWSD and ICTP, and chaired by OWSD. The assessment will be based on achievements in the field, with particular attention paid both to the nominees’ contribution to capacity-building in their region, as well as international impact.
Each winner receives a cash prize of USD 5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston in February 2017. Lasting 5 days, the event is packed with networking opportunities. The winners receive their award at a special networking ceremony, as well as invitations to mentoring and science communication workshops, a visit to a local laboratory, and a celebratory dinner organised by the Elsevier Foundation.
Method of Application
The Elsevier Foundation is calling for nominations of hardworking science-inclined women from Africa and other developing countries. Nominations are invited from senior academics, including OWSD members, TWAS Fellows, ICTP visiting scientists and staff, national science academies, national research councils and heads of departments/universities both in developing and developed countries.
Candidates should please note that self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations must be made on the nomination form and signed by the nominator; they must include the candidate’s curriculum vitae and full list of publications; and be accompanied by three reference letters.
Nominations will be accepted until 1 September 2017.