South African Young Academy of Science

Opportunities for Young Scientists


Annual Young Scientist Conference 2017

Call for Abstracts – Annual Young Scientist Conference, 19 July 2017
Deadline – 9 May, 2017

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), the World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World – South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 19 July 2017

Theme: Young Scientists’ Role in Science Advice

The Call – Access here
Application Form 2017 – Access Form here

* The deadline for the receipt of Abstracts is 9 May, 2017

Nominations OPEN for 2017 SAYAS Members

Nominations open – 8 March, 2017
Deadline – 20 June, 2017

The South African Young Academy of Science seeks to elect the country’s leading emerging researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities. In addition to their demonstrated research excellence, candidates should also be able to show an ongoing commitment to improving South African science through engagement in community development, capacity building and mentoring activities.

SAYAS Call for New Member Nominations Letter 2017 – Access Letter here
SAYAS New Member Nomination Form 2017 – Access Form here
SAYAS – Background Information

* The deadline for 2017 nominations is 20 June, 2017

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program

Nominations open – 1 March, 2017
Nominations close – 23 May, 2017

A program for early career research leaders in the natural, biomedical and social sciences and the humanities: the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars.

Global Scholars receive $100,000 CDN in undesignated research support. These funds are intended to support a Scholar’s capacity to conduct research. Possible uses include, but are not limited to: teaching release, student support, and research assistant salaries.

CIFAR invites outstanding early career investigators to join one of our interdisciplinary research programs that address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides emerging research leaders worldwide an opportunity to accelerate their career through networking, research support, skill development and opportunities for impact.

Access more information and apply here

Nominations Open for 2017 TWAS Young Affiliates

Nominations open – 8 March, 2017
Nomination close – 15 May, 2017

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the 2017 TWAS Young Affiliates. The honour is given to researchers from developing nations who have at least 10 international publications. The nominees should show potential for a high-impact career. During their five-year tenure, Young Affiliates build networks with other affiliates and with elected TWAS Fellows. They also attend international conferences such as the TWAS General Meeting where they make contributions and are exposed to mentoring as well as collaboration opportunities. The five selected TWAS Young Affiliates will also be part of and work closely with the TWAS Young Affiliates Network (TYAN) which was established in 2016 during the 27th TWAS General Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. TYAN is anticipated to bring fresh energy to the Academy by creating links among early career scientists and promoting international collaboration.

Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, Members of National Academies and fellows, Members of National Young Academies of Science, Research Institutions, Research Councils, Universities, Government entities and other such bodies that have or know this talent in sub-Saharan Africa. Self-Nomination is also acceptable. Nominations of women and young scientists from Science Lagging countries is highly encouraged.

Nominees must be aged 40 or less and living and working in a developing country. Contact the Secretariat at to access nomination forms.

2017 South African Women in Science Awards

Nominations close – 26 May 2017

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2017 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA).  The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women.  The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

The theme for the 2017 WISA is Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, which is the 2017 priority theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).

Awards in the distinguished woman and distinguished young woman researcher categories will be made for research that responds to the theme in the fields of Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences.  However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.

For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or

Access more information and nomination forms here


International Conference of Women in Science to be held in Cairo, Egypt on 21-23 March 2017

Participation is invited to the next forthcoming conference for Women in Science (Women in science without borders). The conference is organised by Egyptian Young Academy of Science (EYAS) under patronage of Egyptian Senior Academy and the National Council of Women. The conference is open for women and men scientists to increase collaboration between both men and women scientists in favour of development and for the sake of the scientific community.

The Theme of the conference is around STEM including medicine. The conference will display latest findings and cutting edge research.

If interested in participating, please send a one page short biography or CV with your photo in addition to a 250 words abstract on any title related to the theme of the conference to Dr. Amal Amin, the Conference coordinator at:

Ass. Prof. Dr. Amal Amin Ibrahim

Member of Advisory and steering committee of Egyptian Young Academy of Science (EYAS), Young Affiliate of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Co-founder and Alumni for Global Young Academy (GYA), Coordinator of Arab Materials Science and Nanotechnology Network, President of Egyptian Society of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (ESAMNT) Nanostructured polymers -Center of Excellence -National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt