ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women 2017 (up to $25,000 prize)

ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women 2017 (up to $25,000 prize)

Deadline: June 23, 2017

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), aim to strengthen ASEAN science and technology capacity and gender equality and improvement through an annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. The 2017 Prize will provide promising, ASEAN-based, early- to mid-career female professionals utilizing applied science with recognition awards from ASEAN and the United States government for their academic and professional achievements.

The 2017 Prize will emphasize the role of female professionals working in applied science who use their work to better society in safe and sustainable ways and act as role models for other women working in and pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This year, the Prize theme will focus on rapid urbanization across the ASEAN region. Applicants should have a background in biotechnology, microelectronic and information technology, or material science and technology.

Thematic Focus

This year, the Prize theme will focus on rapid urbanization across the ASEAN region. The Prize administrators will look to award those working in biotechnology, microelectronics and information technology, or material science and technology to address:

  • Rapid urbanization with a focus on health such as disease spread and mutation, counterfeit medication, or health care access;
  • Rapid urbanization with a focus on improving transportation and infrastructure;
  • Rapid urbanization with a focus on workplace safety and retention (health, machinery safety, pollution in the formal sector).


  • The total amount of prize funding available for winners will be $25,000, and will be provided by Underwriters Laboratories (UL):
    • The prize administrators anticipate awarding $20,000 to the first place winner and $5,000 to the runner up;
    • Separate provisions will be made for travel and lodging expenses as well as meal provisions for the winners to attend an awards ceremony at an ASEAN ministerial meeting in Myanmar.;
    • The winners will receive official award disbursements shortly after the awards ceremony.


  • Any female citizen and resident of an ASEAN member state is eligible to apply for the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. ASEAN member states include: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
  • Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree;
  • Additionally, candidates should be 40 years of age or younger at the time of submission and their area of expertise should fall under this year’s theme of rapid urbanization

Application Process

  • A completed application, an uploaded CV, and two letters of recommendation must be submitted no later than June 23, 2017 by 11:59 GMT +7 for consideration.

For queries and more info, please email: [email protected]

For more information, visit ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women.