A Prize of $5,000 to Female Scientists and the Opportunity to Travel to the US 2020

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The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is offering the Elsevier Foundation Awards for early-career women scientists in the developing world for 2020. Applications will be accepted by women who have made significant contributions in the fields of Engineering, Innovation, and Technology. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  1. 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.
  2. Please note that an applicant, at the time of application, must not have an active research grant or fellowship with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) or have already submitted an application for a TWAS program within the same given year. 
  3. Only one application per year is possible across all TWAS and OWSD programs. 
  4. Applicants will not be eligible to visit another institution in that year under the TWAS Visiting Professor programs. An exception is made only for the head of an institution who invites an external scholar to share his/her expertise under the TWAS Visiting Professor programs; she may still apply for another program.
  5. 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

Selection Criteria: 

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:

  1. Scientific merit (e.g. quality of publications).
  2. International and regional impact (e.g. invitations to present or chair at meetings; organization or participation on workshops; collaborations with scientists from other countries; national or regional awards received).
  3. Capacity building – local, national and regional (eg. evidence of running MSc or Ph.D. training programs; developing and providing resources for students and young researchers; mentoring activities).


  1. A cash prize of $5,000.
  2. An 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, USA.
  3. 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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Djibouti, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Yemen
Country of residence
Djibouti, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Yemen
Science, Engineering

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Young Professionals
Full funding
Opportunity Coverage
Travel costs, Accommodation, Participation fees, Other
Opportunity will take place in
United States
Required Documents
CV, Recommendation Letter, others

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
Science, Engineering
Educational Level
Required Languages
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The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental body based at... More details