South African Young Academy of Science

Opportunities for Young Scientists


TWAS Fellows Awards for women scientists

Deadline: 31 July 2019


The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries is inviting nominations for the following 2019 prizes devoted to Women scientists. (TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize– TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize– TWAS Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize). Please find below the main features of these prizes:


The 2019 TWAS-Abdool Karim Prize

Eligible candidates:


The 2019 TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize

Eligible candidates:

  • Women scientists from Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) countries who have been living and working there for a minimum of two years immediately prior to their nomination.
  • Nominations for the 2019 prize are invited in the field of Social Sciences.
  • Fellows of TWAS are not eligible;
  • For a list of STL countries, please visit:


The 2019 TWAS Samira Omar Innovation for Sustainability Prize

Eligible candidates:


Nominations for the above mentioned prizes can only be submitted electronically through the new on-line platform by clicking on the:


The deadline to submit complete nominations for each of the above-mentioned prizes is 31 July 2019.Contact email:

Call for Nominations: TWAS Young Affiliates 2019

Deadline: 31 July 2019

Every year the five The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Regional Partners each select up to five scientists to be Young Affiliates for a period of five years. During their tenure, Affiliates are invited to participate in TWAS general meetings and conferences as well as provide feedback to TWAS on how the Academy can respond to the needs of young scientists in developing countries. They are encouraged to provide information about TWAS programmes to their students and colleagues; are encouraged to seek out and nominate excellent scientists from developing countries, especially science-and technology-lagging countries, for TWAS awards and seek out excellent scientists from science-and technology-lagging countries and recommend their nomination for TWAS membership (via a full member of the Academy). The idea of the Young Affiliateship is to give opportunities to young scientists who currently do not have them because they are based in Africa or elsewhere in the developing world.

To be eligible, the nominated scientists must have PhD, be aged 40 or less on 1st January of the year in which they are selected, living and working in a developing country for at least the past three years and have an excellent track record of at least 10 international publications in peer reviewed journals.

Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, Members of National Academies and fellows, Members of Young Academies of Science in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region. Self-Nomination is also acceptable. The nomination of women is encouraged.

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Africa Science Desk call for pitches

Deadline: 5 August 2019

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is inviting journalists from Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa to submit pitches for the Africa Science Desk. Applications close at 5.00 PM EAT on 5 August 2019.

To apply, please log into The AAS Ishango portal here:

Please also email Davies Mbela at for more information.


TWAS-SAREP Regional Young Scientists’ Prize 2019 on Infectious Diseases

Deadline: 5 August 2019

The World Academy of Sciences Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Partner wishes to invite you to nominate suitable candidates for the TWAS-SAREP Regional Young Scientists’ Prize 2019 on Infectious Diseases.

TWAS-SAREP seeks to honour an outstanding young scientist/Investigator in health sciences who has made significant contribution to: the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable infectious diseases initiatives in developing countries. The ideal candidate would have contributed through research output that demonstrates impact on human health; advocacy for health equity; training and mentorship of investigators; excellent contributions through clinical or basic research in infectious diseases; recognised contributions to public health through scientific achievements, philanthropy and policy related engagements. Moreover, the ideal candidate must have been involved in community engagement and must have published in a reputable, high impact journal.

The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The deadline for nominations is 5 August 2019. The 2019 TWAS-SAREP Regional Young Scientists’ Prize is aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #3 “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages”. This goal strongly features in other SDGs and in the seven Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) 2024 priority areas.

The Award

The award comprises a certificate with a citation of the winner’s scientific achievement, as well as a cash prize of 2000 USD. The winner will be formally announced at the Science Forum South Africa 2019.

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Gendered Innovations: Case Studies from Africa

Call for Proposals

Closing date: 14 August 2019

The global development challenges we face are well known: poverty, lack of institutional capacity, environmental degradation, climate change and increasingly destructive natural disasters, health threats such as HIV/AIDS and malnutrition, and gender inequality. Policy and other decision-makers need to weigh difficult trade-offs at every step, and innovation is critical to countries’ ability to adapt to changing circumstances and contribute to the global knowledge bank.

Gender equality is not just a single goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 5), but cuts across several of the other SDGs as set out by the United Nations. Many advancements have been made towards gender equality in science, technology and innovation, in industries, private and government sector, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The value of case studies as a tangible means to demonstrate the complex linkages between gender, innovation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as was underscored at a recent Pretoria workshop by the impressive work of Prof Londa Schiebinger of Stanford University.

In an attempt to promote the importance of gendered innovation, this project aims to identify and showcase case studies from the African continent that demonstrate either the positive impacts of gendered innovation or the negative consequences when gender is not considered. Few case studies from Africa are used in gendered innovation discussions, and this project addresses this shortcoming.

The case studies will also aid in informing policymakers, academic planners, both male and female scientists, media and civil society on the importance of gender equality to advance science, technology and innovation for development, at national, regional and global levels. The case studies should highlight the impact of using a gender lens to bring about gender equality in society; and suggest ways of how national governments can improve their support to enhance their contribution to inclusive development.

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Call for nominations

The 70th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting 2020 – Interdisciplinary meeting

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is seeking candidates to participate in the 2020 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held from 28 June to 3 July 2020 in Lindau, Germany. The 70th Meeting of Nobel Laureates will be an interdisciplinary meeting. The meeting will be attended by Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, Physics and Physiology/Medicine and about 600 highly-talented young scientists from across the world.

Access the application form at:

Deadline for sending nominations is 28 September 2019

Call for nominations

The 7th Lindau Meeting of the laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is seeking candidates to participate in the 7th Lindau Meeting of the Laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel. This meeting is to be held from 25 to 29 August 2020 in Lindau, Germany. The meeting will be attended by 400 young economists (graduate/post-doc students and young professionals).

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Deadline for sending nominations is 15 November 2019.

MINDS 2018/2019 scholarship for leadership development

Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) 2018/2019 scholarship for leadership development. For Africans who wish to pursue post-graduate studies within Africa, outside of their own countries.