Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World
In recognition of young women scientists from scientifically lagging developing countries who have made significant contributions to science.
Read the guidelines, criteria and nomination form
About the Awards
Since 2012 the Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World recognize the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge. The program represents a longstanding partnership between the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and the Elsevier Foundation.
Succeeding in the competitive world of science is challenging under the best of circumstances. But women scientists in countries with scarce resources and competing cultural expectations face significant additional obstacles as they strive to excel at careers in science. This awards program takes those factors into account by recognizing the research excellence of early-career women scientists from 81 developing countries. The program builds on the Elsevier Foundation-OWSD Awards for Young Women Scientists from the Developing World, which granted awards in 2010 and 2011.
Prizes are awarded annually on a rotating basis among the disciplines of life sciences, chemistry and physics/mathematics. Each of the five winners will present their papers at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is attended by leading scientists, engineers, educators and policymakers from around the world.
Each year a total of five winners are selected, one from each of the following regions: Latin America and the Caribbean; East and South-East Asia and the Pacific; Arab region; Central and South Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa.
For the coming years, the awards are assigned in the following fields:
- 2016: Biological Sciences (agriculture, biology and medicine)
- 2017: Engineering Sciences (engineering, innovation and technology)
- 2018: Physical Sciences (chemistry, maths and physics) – nominations open!
Learn more about past years winners
- Nominations open for 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World (20 Jun 2017)
- What it means to be a woman in science in the developing world (15 Mar 2017)
- Women engineers to receive awards for innovative research in developing countries (16 Feb 2017)
- Translating life into science – 5 women tell their stories (10 Mar 2016)
- 5 biologists to receive Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women in Science (10 Feb 2016)
- 5 women scientists tell their stories of hard-earned success (23 Feb 2015)
- Here are the winners of the Women in Science Elsevier Foundation Awards – meet them at #AAASmtg (10 Feb 2015)
- Video: Elsevier Foundation honors women in chemistry — seeks nominations for physics and math (22 Sep 2014)
- Call for nominations: Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women Scientists in the Developing World (15 May 2014)
- Women chemists from developing countries honored for research of natural medicinal compounds (18 Feb 2014)
- Video: scientists honored by Elsevier Foundation for pioneering work in life sciences (1 May 2013)
- Call for award nominations for early-career women scientists in developing countries (10 Apr 2013)
- Awards recognize women scientists in developing countries (19 Feb 2013)
- Awards to honor women scientists from 5 low-resource regions (26 Sep 2012)