Since 2012 the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World recognize the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge. The program represents a longstanding partnership between the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and the Elsevier Foundation.

Applications for the 2023 awards are now open.
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About the awards

“These scientists are performing groundbreaking international-level science, often in circumstances where the deck has been stacked against them, They deserve to be honored and celebrated for their dedication not only to their research but to creating a better world for people to live in.” OWSD President Prof. Jennifer Thomson

Women scientists in developing countries often experience isolation, lack of role models and visibility. For the past ten years, the Elsevier Foundation has collaborated with the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)  to address these issues through an awards and recognition program for talented early career women scientists from Africa, the Arab region, Asia and the Pacific region, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Each winner receives a cash prize of USD 5,000 and is sponsored to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), held each year in February. The winners are presented with their awards at a special AAAS networking ceremony, and have the opportunity to attend workshops and sessions, meet experts in their fields, visit local laboratories and institutions, and attend a celebratory networking dinner organized by the Elsevier Foundation.

In 2021, the awards were re-focused to align more closely with the United Nations SDGs. The awards’ annual focus was shifted from specific scientific disciplines to broader SDG topics and research areas. The 2022-2026 awards cycle is focused on: 2022: Climate action and the environment (SDG13, 14, 15) 2023: Food Security, agricultural productivity and sustainable food production (SDG2), 2024: Water, sanitation and hygiene (SDG6), 2025: Inclusive Health (SDG3), 2026: Sustainable, affordable and reliable energy (SDG7).

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Meet the 2022 winners - Climate Action

  • Myriam Mujawamariya of the University of Rwanda; in Biological Systems and Organisms.
  • Abeer Ahmed Qaed Ahmed of Al-Saeed University, Yemen; in Biological Systems and Organisms.
  • Gawsia Wahidunnessa Chowdhury of the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh; in Biological Systems and Organisms.
  • Heyddy Calderon of the Instituto de Geología y Geofísica, Nicaragua; in Engineering Sciences
  • Ashani Ssavinda Ranathunga of University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka; in Engineering Sciences.
  • Flor de Mayo Gonzalez Miranda of San Carlos University, Guatemala; in Engineering Sciences.