Past Program: New Scholars

elsevier_foundation_winners_chemistry_2014Since 2006, our New Scholars grant program has contributed to the advancement of early to mid-career female scholars, helping them balance family responsibilities with demanding careers in science, health and technology. With more than 10 years, 50 grants, and ca $2.5 million investment, we have provided grants for family friendly policies, career skills, dual career issues, recognition awards, benchmarking studies, and boosting professional visibility through childcare grants.

In 2016, after a decade of programming, we have created a new program, Diversity in STM. Using a partnership model, Diversity in STM fosters the inclusion and advancement of both women and young people from underserved communities in science. Read more about our new programs.

Past program - NS News

It’s no secret that women pursuing careers in science face various challenges, and those related to having children can be particularly pronounced for female postdocs. To help address some of these issues, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has released the Elsevier Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook. And while the guidebook is primarily intended for women, much of the information—including chapters about career planning and building good mentoring relationships—is relevant for all… [Read more]

Research4Life’s HINARI program awarded Medical Library Association medal It’s 2003, and a 7-month pregnant woman is living in the bus terminal in Lusaka, Zambia. She cannot afford medical care, but she needs it: she’s HIV positive. When the Sisters of a local orphanage find her, they take her to Dr. Tim Meade, a doctor specializing in HIV care in pregnant women and children. Dr. Meade delivered the baby… [Read more]

Eliizabeth Pollitzer PhD

Gender Summit Asia-Pacific will explore why diversity is essential to science and society Scientists and journalists were shocked last week by Nobel Laureate Sir Tim Hunt’s comments at the World Conference of Science Journalists that women should stay out of labs because “they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry.” These comments have cost the English biochemist his position at University College London… [Read more]

GS Africa 2015

Gender is now a criterion for grant funding in the new EU Framework Programme: Horizon 2020 Society today faces many challenges that require imaginative and sustainable solutions, so it is timely to bring women to the heart of research and innovation. An EU initiative and Gender Summit take a new approach to accomplishing this longtime goal. For the first time in the history of European research programs, gender… [Read more]

Cambridge University summit

Cambridge University summit highlights challenges in chasing the still-elusive goals of equal representation and equal pay The theme of gender inequality seems to evoke a certain sense of resistance from both men and women, who argue against “radical feminism” and suggest that women nowadays are empowered to follow whatever career path they choose and succeed on their merits. The battle, in other words, has been won. Indeed, as… [Read more]

San Jose, California, February 10, 2015 Four physicists and a mathematician have been named winners of the 2015 Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, in recognition of research that has strong potential social and economic benefits. The winning scholars are from Nigeria, Sudan and Vietnam and are being honored for their accomplishments in nanoparticle physics, computational mathematics, atmospheric and medical physics. They are… [Read more]

As the year draws to a close, the Elsevier Foundation announces the grant recipients for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries and New Scholars programs. The grants are part of an annual award program that is nearing a decade. This year, we have committed about $600,000 to 10 institutions around the world, along with 11 ongoing multi-year grants. In addition, we earmark another $200,000 to match Elsevier colleagues’ donations to nonprofit organizations and charities… [Read more]

puerto rico

Puerto Rico is rapidly developing an excellent research-driven economy, focusing mainly on bio-technologies and the rich island’s environment. During the last AAAs Carribean Division meeting, a key point of the discussion was the growing trend toward advancement and discovery, but also the need for support and academic-industry partnerships.  “Today, with a faltering local economy and an awareness of global trends, leaders in the island’s academic, business, and policy… [Read more]


How to improve the leadership balance of women in science is a much debated area. Of the world’s researchers, just 30 percent are women, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. And even though a growing number of women attend university, many quit at the highest levels that are needed for a research career. One of the organizations that is actively involved in this debate — and finding solutions —… [Read more]

In August, Elizabeth Pain of Science Careers covered critical role that childcare plays in boosting professional visibility for both female and male scientists. Dealing with children while attending conferences is a problem that many scientists—women and men—must negotiate as they balance careers with parenthood. Some professional societies, funders, and institutions are trying to step up, working hard to find solutions to the conference-childcare problem. So far, the institutional solutions… [Read more]