March 23, 2023

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards 2022:The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) in collaboration with Elsevier Foundation is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2022 application cycle.

The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation was launched in 2013 to reward and encourage women scientists working and living in developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers, having often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence.

OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards 2022 | Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women Scientists in the Developing Countries, applicants are to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be a woman who has received her PhD in a scientific discipline within the previous ten years and is currently undertaking scientific research in one of the eligible fields.
  • Applicants can be citizens of any country, provided that they fulfil the above residence requirement.
  • Preferences will be given to those candidates not currently (or within the last three years) in receipt of TWAS or OWSD awards, fellowships or grants.
  • Eligible fields include: Agricultural sciences; Astronomy; Space and Earth Sciences; Biological Systems and Organisms; Chemical Sciences; Computing and Information Technology; Engineering Sciences; Medical and Health Sciences (including Neurosciences); Physics; Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology.
  • Applicants must have lived and worked in one of the science and technology lagging countries for at least 5 of the last 15 years below:

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.

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Arab Region: Djibouti, Palestine (West Bank & Gaza Strip), Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen.

Asia and the Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

Latin America and the Caribbean: Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay.

Note: Applicants can be citizens of any country, provided that they fulfill the above residence requirement. Also, the 5 years of residence in the eligible country do not have to be consecutive.

Award Benefits

  • Cash Prize of USD 5,000
  • All-expenses-paid trip to attend the Awards Ceremony that will be held in the framework of an international scientific event in 2021. The trip and the event will be confirmed in the coming months according to how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Applications for the 2021 awards are invited from women scientists who have made significant contributions in the area of ‘Climate action and the environment’ whose research is linked to Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 13, 14 and 15, and who have lived and worked for at least 5 years in an eligible STLC. Applications must be made online, in English, and must include:

  • Official documentation proving 5 years’ residency in an eligible science and technology lagging countries.

The following documents can be submitted as proof of residence as long as the name of the applicant (as written in the online form) appears clearly: statement from the local police office or municipality, population registry office, rental agreement, utilities bills, employment contract. This list is not exhaustive and alternative documents can be considered. Please write to if you are not sure about the eligibility of your documents.

  • Short biography of approximately 350 words describing your journey to become an outstanding scientist (for ease, we recommend that you prepare this beforehand and copy-paste into the text box)
  • PhD certificate
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Full list of publications (if not included in the CV)
  • At least 2 reference letters (reference letters must be prepared on official letterhead and should be written and signed by senior scientists familiar with your research).
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Application guidelines and a sample application form can be found here. Ensure to apply before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: 28th October, 2021

Interested applicants should Visit the Official Website for more Details