The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards (for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World)

The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards

The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards (for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World)

The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards (for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World)

Deadline: September 1, 2017


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


Partner Organizations: Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World


Eligible Nominees: Science- and technology-lagging countries


Field: Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Maths and Physics)


Age limit: None


The Elsevier Foundation, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and TWAS have established an award to recognize and spotlight talented early career women scientists living and working in developing countries.


Five women scientists from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean are celebrated each year for their research excellence, receiving a cash prize of USD5,000, a year’s free subscription to ScienceDirect and an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual edition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference which takes place in the USA in February.



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To qualify, nominees must be early-career scientists (within 10 years of graduating with a PhD degree) from the 81 eligible countries as defined by TWAS.


The 2018 edition will be in physical sciences (including chemistry, maths and physics). Nominations will be accepted until 1 September 2017.



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 following developing countries during the three years immediately prior to the nomination:

Latin America and the Caribbean: Belize, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname.


East and South-East Asia and the Pacific: Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kiribati, Korea DPR, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam.


Arab region: Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen.


Central and South Asia: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan.


Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Dem. Rep., Congo Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.



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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. Winners will be informed of their selection in November 2016.



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. 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.


Nomination Form



Enquiries and completed nomination forms should be sent to:

OWSD Secretariat
OWSD-Elsevier Awards
ICTP campus
Strada Costiera 11
4151 Trieste

Phone: +39 040 2240321  Fax: +39 040 2240689


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