June 17, 2015

African Union/World Academy of Sciences Young Scientists National Awards for Young Africans

AU-TWAS Young Scientists National Awards

Course(s) Offered: Sciences, Technology
Course Level: Graduate (masters, phd, postdoc, etc)
Provider: AU, TWAS
Country to Study in: Several African countries

Scholarship Description
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the African Union (AU) and national ministries of science and technology are entering into partnership with national science academies, scientific research councils and high-level research organizations in Africa to institute ‘AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Awards’.

The awards are designed to recognize scientific excellence in their countries.

The African Union (AU) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) offer support for African countries to institute awards for young African scientists. This programme is for science academies, research councils or high-level research organizations in developing countries.

For African countries, this programme replaces the TWAS Prizes for Young Scientists in Developing Countries award scheme.

AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Awards

Eligibility
Candidates eligible for the prizes should:
  • be no older than forty years of age at the time of winning the prize;
  • hold at least a Master’s degree;
  • have a good record of research publications in internationally recognized journals;
  • be living and working in the country of the awarding organization for at least the previous three years.
Nominations of women scientists are particularly encouraged.

Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries.

Eligible Africans should be living and working in the following counties:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Zimbabwe.

Participating Institutions
To date, TWAS and the AU have signed agreements with ministries of science and technology and participating organizations in 14 countries.

The participating organizations are:
  • Benin: Centre Beninois de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique (CBRST)
  • Burkina Faso: Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique et Tecnologique (CNRST)
  • Cameroon: Cameroon Academy of Sciences
  • Egypt: Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT)
  • Ghana: Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Guinea: Organisation Scientifique National de Stimulation de la Recherche en Guinee
  • Kenya: Directorate of Research Management and Development (DRMD), Kenya
  • Lesotho: Department of Science and Technology
  • Malawi: National Commission for Science and Technology
  • Nigeria: Nigerian Academy of Sciences
  • Senegal: National Academy of Science and Technology (ANSTS)
  • South Africa: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
  • Sudan: Sudan Institute for Natural Sciences (SIFNS)
  • Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences
Fields of study
In each participating country, prizes will be awarded each year in the categories of:
  • ‘Life and earth sciences‘, and
  • ‘Basic sciences, technology and innovation‘.
Number of awards
Two prizes will be awarded per country each year

Sponsorship duration
This is a ONE-TIME prize money

Scholarship benefits
In each participating country, two USD5,000-prizes will be awarded each year in the categories described above.

The prize is presented by a high-ranking public figure (e.g., head of state/government, minister of science and technology) at a special ceremony held each year on 9 September: Africa Union Day.

Method of Application
African organizations intending to award AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Awards in their respective countries are required to sign an agreement of collaboration with TWAS, the AU and their national ministry of science and technology that outlines the rules and regulations governing the scheme. The scheme is then managed by the participating organization while TWAS and the AU provide the prize money.

A committee of eminent scientists in the country — including TWAS members, where applicable — should be formed for selecting the prize winners. Names of committee members should be sent to TWAS for information.

The awarding organizations should send a complete profile of the selected nominees to TWAS, providing details on their achievements together with curriculum vitae and list of publications. Approval of TWAS and the AU is required before announcing the names of the winners.

The prize should be presented to the awardees by a high-ranking public figure (e.g., head of state/government, minister of science and technology) at a special ceremony held each year on 9 September: Africa Union Day.

DEADLINES:
The closing date for nominations is 25 June 2015: Africa Scientific Renaissance Day

PLEASE NOTE:
This programme is for science academies, research councils or high-level research organizations in developing countries.

Nominations of women scientists are particularly encouraged.

For information about joining the scheme, please contact:

AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Awards
ICTP Campus
Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste
Italy
Fax: +39 040 2240 7387
E-mail: prizes@twas.org

Application Deadline: 25 June 2015
Open to International Students: No(ONLY Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarships for African Students

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