March 4, 2011

The TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists in Africa (2009-2011)

The TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists

Course(s) Offered: Computer science
Course Level: Holding a PhD or Masters Degree
Provider: Microsoft
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
This program has been discontinued!
Microsoft Research, in partnership with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), has established the TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists.

This award is to recognize young scientists working and living in Africa whose research in computer science has had, or could have, a positive impact in the developing world.

The Prize recognized young scientists in Africa whose research in computer science promises to have a positive impact in the developing world. Each year, three winners were selected from different countries on the continent. Each recipient received a Euro 7,000 cash award generously contributed by Microsoft.

Eligibility
To be eligible:
  • Nominees can be any nationality, but must have been resident and working in Africa for at least the two years immediately prior to their nomination. Example: For the 31 July 2011 nomination deadline, nominees should have been resident in Africa since at least 1 August 2009.
  • Nominees must have received their most recent degree (Master's or Ph.D.) within the previous ten years.
  • Employees of TWAS, AAS and Microsoft Research as well as employees of other industry research laboratories and anyone involved in the administration of this award, are not eligible.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country of the world (BUT resident and working in Africa for at least two years before nomination)

Participating Institutions
National science academies, previous winners, senior academics (heads of departments, heads of universities), members of TWAS and AAS, academics invited by Microsoft, etc.

Fields of study
Computer science

Number of awards
Each year three (3) winners are selected from three different African countries.

Sponsorship duration
This is a onetime financial aid award

Scholarship benefits
Each winner receives EUR 7,000, of which EUR 2,000 may be spent at the recipient's discretion and EUR 5,000 shall be earmarked for further research. Each prize also carries a certificate bearing a citation highlighting the major contributions for which the prize is awarded.

The prizes are presented to the recipients at a special ceremony held each year in Nairobi, Kenya, organized by TWAS and AAS.

Method of Application
Nominations are invited from national science academies, previous winners, senior academics (heads of departments, heads of universities), members of TWAS and AAS, academics invited by Microsoft, etc.

Nominations of women scientists are particularly encouraged.

Self-nomination or nomination by selection committee members is not accepted.

Selection Process:
The selection process will be administered by TWAS in collaboration with AAS. The assessment will be based on past achievements in the field, rather than future plans, with the exception that where two candidates are deemed to be equal, the strength of proposed research programmes may be considered to select a winner.

Click on the link below to download the nomination form and infosheet:
Nomination form and infosheet(Word file)

DEADLINES:
The Deadline Date for submission of nominations is 31 July 2011.

PLEASE NOTE:
Contact? Inquiries should be addressed to:
TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists
ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11
I-34151 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39 040 2240-387
Fax: +39 040 2240-689
E-mail: prizes@twas.org

Application Deadline: 31 July 2011
Open to International students: Yes

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