DEADLINE: 29 August, 2019
Applications are open for the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards 2020 for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards is a high-profile award that honors the scientific and career achievements of women from developing countries.
The 2020 awards will be given to early-career women who have made significant contributions in the fields of Engineering and Technology. Launched in 2010 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.
- Cash prize of USD 5,000.
- All-expenses-paid trip to attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, which will take place on 13-16 February 2020 in Seattle.
The 5 awards will be distributed as follows: one for each of the four regions of the developing world, plus an additional ¨floating” award for an outstanding candidate from any of these regions.
- The applicant must be a female scientist who has received her PhD within the previous ten years;
- In addition, the applicant must have lived and worked in one of the following science and technology lagging countries for at least 5 of the last 15 years:
- Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Dem. Rep. Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
- Arab Region: Djibouti, Palestine (West Bank & Gaza Strip), Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen.
- Asia and the Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
- Latin America and the Caribbean: Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay.
The eligible subject fields for the 2020 awards include:
- Civil engineering
- Electrical engineering, electronic engineering
- Telecommunications/information engineering / Software engineering
- Computer science
- Mechanical engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Materials engineering
- Medical engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Environmental biotechnology
- Industrial biotechnology
- Nano technology
Applications will be judged in terms of:
- Scientific merit (eg. quality of publications)
- International and regional impact (eg. invitations to present or chair at meetings; organization or participation on workshops; collaborations with scientists from other countries; national or regional awards received)
- Capacity building – local, national and regional (eg. evidence of running MSc or PhD training programmes; developing and providing resources for students and young researchers; mentoring activities).
- Evidence of innovation will be considered favourably.
Applications must include:
- Candidate’s curriculum vitae
- Full list of publications
- At least one (preferably two) reference letter(s)
- Endorsement statement from a senior academic scientist (e.g. OWSD members, TWAS Fellows, visiting scientists and staff of The International Centre for Theoretical Physics – ICTP, national science academies, national research councils and heads of departments/universities, both in developing and developed countries). Please note that the endorser cannot also be a referee.
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