The 2014 Elsevier Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists

Deadline: September 15, 2013

Nominations are now invited for the 2014 Elsevier Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the developing world. The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS and OWSD launched the awards in 2012 to celebrate the achievements of women scientists in the early stages of their careers, with the aim of creating role models for other women to follow, a step that is critical for retaining top talent and building a stronger research culture in developing countries.

About the Awards

The awards recognize the research excellence of women scientists working and living in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The five awards will be awarded, one each to a female scientist from one of the five regions of the world.

The five region-specific annual Awards will rotate between the life sciences, chemical sciences and physical, mathematical and engineering sciences. In 2014, the five Awards will be given in the chemical sciences.

Awards and Benefits

  • The five winning scientists of the 2014 edition will be celebrated for their research excellence
  • Each will receive a cash prize of USD5,000
  • In addition, they will get a one year complimentary access to ScienceDirect
  • All-expenses-paid attendance at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in February 2014 in Chicago, IL, USA, where the awards ceremony will take place.
  • The winners will also be invited to attend international events pertaining to OWSD and TWAS.


  • Candidates must be female early-career scientists (within ten years of earning their PhD degree).
  • Candidates must have lived and worked for at least three years in one of the countries listed in the nomination form.

Nominations are invited from:

  • OWSD members
  • TWAS members
  • National science academies
  • National research councils
  • Senior academics (heads of departments, heads of universities) both in developing and developed countries.

Please Note:

  • Self-nominations, or nominations by selection committee members, are not accepted.
  • Nominations need to be made on the nomination form and be signed by the nominator; they must include the candidate’s curriculum vitae and full list of publications; and be accompanied by three reference letters.
  • Nominations must reach the OWSD Secretariat by the deadline – 15 September 2013.

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