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2018 SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN IN SCIENCE AWARDS

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

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. 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 2018 WISA will be presented on 16 August 2018 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month.  The awards will be made in the following categories:

AWARD CATEGORIES

Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers

  • Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Astronomy

Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers

  • Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Astronomy

Awards for Research and Innovation

  • Distinguished Woman Researcher
  • Distinguished Young Woman Researcher

DST Fellowships

  • Five current master's students: 2 in natural and engineering sciences, 1 in human and social sciences (HSS), 1 in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) and 1 in Astronomy.
  • Five current doctoral students: 2 in natural and engineering sciences, 1 in HSS, 1 in IKS and 1 in Astronomy.

TATA Africa Scholarships for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

  • Three master's students in disciplines where the participation of women is low.
  • Three doctoral students in disciplines where the participation of women is low.

NOTE:

  1. Winners may be requested to participate in public awareness initiatives led by the DST.
  2. All applicants /nominees are required to submit a short profile.
  3. Shortlisted finalists will be required to submit three high-resolution photographs to be used for publicity.

NOMINATIONS/ APPLICATIONS

Nominations and applications on the attached form should reach the Department of Science and Technology by Friday, 18 May 2018.  No late submissions will be accepted.

Nominations and applications should clearly indicate the category and should be accompanied by the documentation specified for each category.

To ensure that you have met all the requirements, please complete and submit the attached checklist.

Nominations and applications clearly indicating the category, should be submitted electronically (using the attached form) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

NB: Please note that further correspondence will be only entered into with shortlisted finalists.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel: +27 12 843 6338

 

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