ASEAN – U.S. Science Prize for Women 2018 ($25,000 in Awards)

ASEAN – U.S. Science Prize for Women 2018 ($25,000 in Awards)

Deadline: May 6, 2018

The 2018 ASEAN – U.S. Science Prize for Women is now open for applications. The ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women seeks to identify and recognize ASEAN-based, early to mid-career women who are using applied sciences to solve these challenges through precision agriculture. Are you a young female scientist focusing on precision agriculture in the ASEAN region? Apply for the 2018 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women!

As Southeast Asia’s population continues to grow rapidly, so does the demand on the region’s food system and farmers. Experts believe that by 2050, an estimated 40 percent more food will be needed to feed the region. These pressures are amplified by other challenges to ASEAN’s food security such as resource scarcity and extreme weather phenomena. Farmers are in need of new tools and technologies to create improved, efficient, low-cost and sustainable agricultural practices.

The Prize aims to:

  • Recognize and support promising, early-career women scientists pursuing scientific careers in the ASEAN region
  • Encourage intra-ASEAN and ASEAN-U.S. collaboration around precision agriculture
  • Help to inspire young women in the ASEAN region to pursue STEM careers

Through their work, these women scientists help support the agricultural industry in the ASEAN region and smallholder farmers. Ideal applicants will have a demonstrated past of using science, technology and information to subvert labor-intensive agricultural practices to increase farming and harvesting efficiency, manage human error, cut costs, and account for stressors and shocks.

The Prize is awarded by the United States Government in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).


  • Up to ten semi-finalists, one from each ASEAN member-state, will be identified and promoted.
  • The top two finalists will be invited (travel and lodging provided) to compete in a head-to-head pitch competition during an ASEAN Ministerial event in the Philippines this October 2018.
  • The pitch competition will determine the overall winner of the prize, who will receive $20,000, and an honorable mention, who will receive $5,000.


Applicants should demonstrate an excellence in science with an emphasis on precision agriculture; dedication to strengthening regional and national science capacities, networks, and collaborations; and experience and willingness to mentor, inspire, and support other women in STEM.

They are seeking:

  • Female citizens and residents of an ASEAN member state
  • D. degree graduates or equivalent degree
  • Scientists under 40 years of age
  • Applicants whose research focuses on precision agriculture

Evaluation Criteria

  • Scientific Excellence
  • Mentoring, inspiring, and supporting women and up-and-coming female members of the
    STEM community
  • Global Citizen


Forms must be complicated in their entirety. Candidates must submit the following:

  • A completed application
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)​
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. ​The prize administrators recommend:
    • A letter of recommendation submitted by an academic or professional contact
    • A letter of support submitted by a mentee or other women who have been impacted by
      the applicant
    • Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the referee to [email protected] with the candidate’s name in the subject line. Letters must be received by 11:59 PM GMT +7 on May 6, 2018.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit ASEAN – U.S. Science Prize for Women.