S&T Awards

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

Launched in 2010, the Award recognizes and brings into the spotlight talented early career women scientists living and working in developing countries. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at regional and international level and often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence. 5 awards are given per year and scientific disciplines are introduced on a 3-year cycle. The women scientists must have lived and worked in developing countries during the 3 years immediately prior to the nomination and should be at relatively early stages in their careers (within 10 yrs of obtaining PhD degree). The awardees receive a cash prize of US $ 5000, a year?s free subscription to Science Direct and an all-expenses-paid trip to the annual edition of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Conference, usually held in the USA in February. One woman is awarded for each of 5 regions in the developing world: Latin America and the Caribbean; East and South-East Asia and the Pacific; the Arab region; Central and South Asia; and Sub-Saharan Africa. The award has an important impact on local research cultures, with the awardees being powerful role models for young women who are contemplating whether to remain in an environment that is often hostile to their needs and experience.

Target Group: Faculty and Scientists

Funding Organization: Elsevier Foundation; The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS); Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

Area: All Science Disciplines

International:(Country/ Brain Gain): International