2020 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists

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Application Deadline: August 29th 2019

The call for submission of applications is now opened for the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, a high-profile award that honors the scientific and career achievements of women from developing countries. Applications for the 2020 awards will be accepted until 29 August 2019 for early-career women who have made significant contributions in the fields of Engineering and Technology. Evidence of innovation will be considered favourably.

Eligibility

The applicant must be a female scientist who has received her PhD within the previous ten years. 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

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.

Prize

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.

Applications

Applications are invited from women scientists from the eligible developing countries and they must be made online.

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.

The 2020 Awards submission of applications will be open until 29 August 2019.

Selection

The competition will be judged by a distinguished panel of
international scientists, including members of TWAS, OWSD and ICTP, and
chaired by OWSD.

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).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards 2020

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