Call for Applications: The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards 2022

Applications for the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World are currently ongoing.

The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists reward and encourage women 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.

The awards seek applications from women researchers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)- and how they intersect with the aforementioned SDGs. The eligible scientific fields are as follows:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
  • Biological Systems and Organisms
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medical and Health Sciences (including Neurosciences)
  • Physics
  • Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology

During the AAAS meeting, awardees will be able to attend workshops and sessions at the AAAS meeting, visit local laboratories and institutions, and attend a celebratory dinner organized by the Elsevier Foundation. This meeting will serve as an avenue for awardees to establish contacts and build networks with colleagues from different parts of the world.


The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards include

  • a cash prize of USD 5,000,
  • registration and attendance of the conference,
  • return airfare,
  • hotel accommodation and,
  • visa costs.


  • The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards are offered to women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • She must be a PhD holder in any of the above listed field.
  • Applicant must have lived and worked for at least 5 of the last 15 years in one of the 66 scientifically and technologically lagging countries (STLCs).

Application Process
To apply for the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards , applicants are to provide the following documents:

  • Official documentation proving 5 years’ residency in an eligible STLC.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Evidence on how their research contributes to advancing the SDG13 (Climate Action), SDG14 (Life Below Water) and/or SDG15 (Life on Land).
  • Short biography of approximately 350 words describing their journey to become an outstanding scientist.
  • PhD certificate.
  • Full list of publications (if not included in the CV).
  • At least 2 reference letters are needed (reference letters must be prepared on official letterhead and should be written and signed by senior scientists familiar with their research).
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To apply to the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards 2022, click here

Application Deadline: October 28, 2021.

For more information and application, visit the official site.

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