South African Young Academy of Science

Opportunities for Young Scientists


British Academy’s 2018 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding
Nominations for the British Academy’s 2018 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding are now open. 

Deadline – midnight on 28 February 2018

The Prize, which is worth £25,000, is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to global cultural understanding that illuminates the interconnections and divisions that shape cultural identity worldwide. The Prize was founded and is generously sponsored by the international relations scholar Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan. It was first awarded in 2013, but this is the first year that nominations are invited by open call.  Nominations close at midnight on 28 February 2018.

Further information can be found at or email with the subject line Query: Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize 2018. 

Postdoctoral Fellowships on Mobility and Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban

Deadline -1 March 2018

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is seeking post-doctoral fellows to join a five year research programme entitled ‘Mobility and Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban.’ This initiative is a scholarly response to unprecedented levels of urbanisation and mobility driven by conflict, ambition, and respatialising economies. It is intended to develop African-based contributions to theories of human mobility and transforming modes of social engagement, authority, representation, and expression. Applications are due midnight, 1 March 2018. All queries and application materials must be emailed to

Nominations sought _’TWAS Prizes’ and TWAS-Siwei Cheng Prize in Economic Sciences

Deadline -15 March 2018

TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries is inviting nominations for the 2019 TWAS Prizes and the 2019 TWAS-Siwei Cheng Prize in Economic Sciences.

The 2019 TWAS Prizes will be awarded to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least ten years immediately prior to their nomination, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to knowledge in the following eight fields of science: Agricultural Sciences; Biology; Chemistry; Earth, Astronomy and Space Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Mathematics; Medical Sciences, Physics and Social Sciences (excluding Economic Sciences). The 2019 TWAS-Siwei Cheng Prize in Economic Sciences will be awarded to an individual scientist for outstanding contribution in both understanding and addressing economic sciences.

In either case nominations can only be submitted electronically. Further details on eligibility criteria and submission procedure are available online at:

Deadline to submit nominations: 15 March 2018

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2nd Women in Science Without Borders Conference Indaba, 21-23 March, 2018

Call for Abstracts

The 2nd Women in Science Without Borders Conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa

During this WISWB conference, besides technical presentations, there will also be a focus explicitly on the role women play in influencing positive outcomes within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ecosystem as, amongst others, thought leaders and mentors, researchers, educators and policy makers.

The Call for Abstracts is open and closes on 13 October 2017 (Friday). Access link: where instructions/guidelines related to the submission process are already available. Contact the Conference organisers if you want to attend as a participant. Access conference website here


PEER Women in Science Mentorship

Deadline -16 March, 2018

The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) programme is inviting applications from interested groups made up of one senior-level female mentor and 2-4 junior-level female mentees from selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa, with the application deadline being March 16, 2018. The programme will support a one-year mentorship experience, including professional training for both the mentors and mentees, with potential follow-up in the form of seed grants for the mentees following the year-long programme.

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TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme

Deadline -31 March 2018

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD not earlier than 2013 and are from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany.

Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award. The deadline for submission is 31 March 2018.

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New NIDA Funding: Improving Implementation of Seek, Test, Treat and Retain Strategies among People Who Inject Drugs in LMICs

Deadline -13 April

Foreign institutions are eligible to apply. This FOA supports developing and testing implementation approaches that scale-up evidence based interventions in low to middle income countries among PWID where they form an important component of the national HIV epidemic, including countries where PWID are a relatively emergent population for HIV cases.

Applications close on 13 April. More information is available at

Nominations sought _TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize in Engineering Sciences

Deadline -16 April 2018

TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries is inviting nominations for the 2018 TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize. The Prize, sponsored by Lenovo, has been established to give international recognition and visibility to outstanding scientific achievements made by scientists living and working in the developing countries. In 2018 the prize will be given for outstanding achievements in Engineering Sciences. The Prize carries a monetary award of USD100,000 provided by Lenovo, as well as a medal and a certificate highlighting the recipient’s major contributions. The prize will be presented at a special ceremony arranged by TWAS.

The deadline for receiving nominations is 16 April 2018.  Download the nomination form and get further details on eligibility criteria and submission procedure on this link:

For additional information, please contact:

Call for applications for the IMU Simons African Fellowship Programme

Deadline -1 June 2018

The programme supports research sabbaticals for mathematicians from African countries employed in Africa to travel to an internationally known mathematical centre of excellence/ university worldwide for collaborative research. Applications close on 1 June.