Awards aim to highlight the contributions of women scientists in developing countries who have conducted significant research in critical areas for sustainable development.
The opportunity to recognize outstanding work by young female scientists in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene is underway with the opening of the call for applications for the OWSD – Elsevier Foundation 2024 Awards. With a submission deadline set for 8 October 2023, aspirants have the chance to apply for a cash prize of USD 5,000 and a fully funded trip to attend a relevant international conference.
The OWSD – Elsevier Foundation Awards are intended for women scientists in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). However, it is important to note that applications from professionals in social sciences, humanities, arts, or other fields are not eligible for this recognition.
To be eligible, candidates must have obtained a PhD degree in a scientific discipline within the last 10 years, and their research should be related to critical areas such as water, sanitation, and hygiene. Furthermore, researchers should demonstrate how their contributions align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, which focuses on clean water and sanitation access.
Applicants should have lived and worked in one of the countries identified as Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLC) for at least 5 years out of the last 15. These countries include, in Latin America and the Caribbean region: Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Paraguay. This residency does not need to be consecutive and can be intermittent, as long as it fulfils the mentioned requirements.
The application process is exclusively online through the official website, and the language of the application is English. Applicants should also provide evidence of residence and work in one of the countries identified as Science and Technology Lagging Countries for at least 5 years out of the last 15.
Selected candidates will be evaluated by a panel of experts in relevant fields who are familiar with the challenges faced by women scientists in developing countries. Evaluation criteria will include scientific achievements, leadership skills, innovation, and participation in capacity-building activities.
Do not miss the opportunity to showcase your research in critical areas for global development. For more details and application forms, visit the official OWSD website listed below and join the generation of young female scientists who are driving significant changes in the developing world.