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Call for Applications is opened for 2021 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards

July 15, 2020

The 2021 Awards will be given in the physical sciences: chemistry, mathematics, and physics.

OWSD invites applications for the 2021 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards.

These awards reward and encourage women working and living in eligible developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers, having often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment and must have received their PhD in the last ten years.

The award has an important impact on local research cultures. Previous winners say the awards have had a powerful effect, enhancing the visibility of their past work and creating new opportunities for the future. The awardees are also powerful role models for girls and young women on their countries. You can read more about past awardees here.

In the past years, each winner received a cash prize of USD 5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the U.S.A., where the Awards Ceremony took place. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 annual meeting of the AAAS will be held entirely online. OWSD and the Elsevier Foundation are currently evaluating other international scientific events and the trip will be confirmed in the coming months according to how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

A total of five Awards will be given to women who are within ten years of receiving their PhD and have lived at least 5 of the last 15 years in one of the 66 science and technology lagging countries. There will be one prize awarded for each of the four regions of the developing world plus an additional “floating” award for a particularly deserving candidate from any of these regions. Winners will be informed of their selection by 31 December 2020.

The Awards for Physical Sciences are offered in the fields of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Any combination of these fields (i.e. interdisciplinary) is acceptable. You can see a list of eligible disciplines here.

The full Call for Applications is available here. 

The deadline for applications for this Award is 30 September, 2020.

For questions, please contact the OWSD Secretariat at

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