Funding Opportunities | OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World 2020

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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 favorably.

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.
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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.
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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