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Dear friends of OWSD,

We would like to inform you that the nomination period has now opened for the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Scientists

These Awards reward and encourage women working and living in developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at a regional and international level and have often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence.

Each year a total of five Awards are given to women scientists who are within ten years of receiving their PhD. One woman is awarded for each of the four OWSD regions (plus an additional winner from any of the four regions): Africa; the Arab region; Asia and Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; (see complete list of countries here).

Eligible subject areas for the Awards rotate by year. The eligible fields for 2019 are the biological sciences: agriculture, biology and medicine

Each winner receives a cash prize of USD 5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the U.S., which is packed with networking opportunities. The winners receive their award at a special networking ceremony, as well as opportunities to attend workshops and sessions at the AAAS meeting, visits to local laboratories or institutions, and a celebratory dinner organized by the Elsevier Foundation. 

The award has an important impact on local research cultures. Previous winners say the awards have had a powerful effect, enhancing the visibility of their past work and creating new opportunities for the future. The awardees are powerful role models for young women who are contemplating whether to remain in science.

To submit a nomination, simply visit: and click on the ‘Submit nomination’ button. You may save and and resume your application at any time by clicking on the ‘Resume nomination’ button. 

The deadline for nominations for this Award is 23 September 2018.

You can read about the previous awardees here. A pamphlet about the Awards is also attached. 

Kind regards,

OWSD Secretariat