Application Deadline: Friday, 18th May 2018
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2018 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 2018 WISA is leveraging science, technology and innovation to enhance inclusive growth and development.
The 2018 WISA will be presented on 16 August 2018 as part of the Department’s celebration of Women’s Month.
The theme for the 2018 WISA is leveraging science, technology and innovation to enhance inclusive growth and development. This theme is adapted from the 2018 priority theme for the 6th BRICS science technology and innovation (STI) Ministerial meeting, which will be hosted by South Africa in July 2018.
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, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Astronomy. However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.
Awards will also be made to a category on Research and Innovation (R&I) leading to a demonstrable contribution in enhancing inclusive growth and development.
The awards will be made in the following categories:
- Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers
- Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers
- Awards for Research and Innovation
- DST Fellowships
- TATA Africa Scholarships for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
Value of each award
Winner: R80 000; first runner-up: R45 000; and second runner-up: R35 000.
Nominations and applications should reach the Department of Science and Technology by Friday, 18 May 2018 and should be submitted electronically (using the attached form) to WISAwards@dst.gov.za.
NOMINATION / APPLICATION PROCEDURE
- AWARDS FOR DISTINGUISHED WOMAN RESEARCHERS
These awards will be made to women scientists or researchers for their outstanding scientific contribution to advancing science and building the knowledge base in the theme of the awards. Awards will be made in each of the following fields:
1.1 Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences;
1.2 Humanities and Social Sciences; and
Nominations in the Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences fields are requested for established woman scientists or researchers with at least five years of postdoctoral experience, and who are actively involved in research.
Nominations in the Astronomy field are requested for established woman astronomers with at least eight years of experience, whose research has made a significant impact, and whose discoveries and technological innovations have led to demonstrable contribution in advancing the field of astronomy.
NB: Overall winners in the past ten years are not eligible to be nominated in the categories in which they won.
Who may make a nomination?
Any person who knows the nominee and her work well can make a nomination. The nominator should provide the motivation as required in the nomination form.
For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or email Thembinkosi.Magasela@dst.gov.za
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