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TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Award 2024 for Female Scientists from Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) Countries (USD4,000 Prize)

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Applications are currently open for the 2024 TWAS-Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Award. This yearly accolade, named in honor of TWAS Fellow Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi recognizes women scientists hailing from Scientifically and Technologically Lagging (STL) nations.. It includes a cash prize of USD4,000 generously provided by Professor Al-Kharafi and will focus on various fields of science. In 2024, the award will be presented for accomplishments in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Engineering Sciences.

TWAS is seeking nominations for the 2024 Award from all its members, as well as science academies, national research councils, universities, and scientific institutions in both developing and developed countries.


  • Nominations for the 2024 award are sought in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or Engineering Sciences.
  • Nominees must be female scientists who are nationals of an ST-lagging country and have been residing and working there for at least two years immediately before their nomination (i.e., from 1/2/2022).

Nomination Requirements:

A nomination will be deemed complete only if it includes all of the following information/material:

  • Contact details of the nominator;
  • Contact details of the nominee (self-nominations and nominations from jury members are not accepted), along with general information about the nominee, including the country where she has resided and worked in the past two years;
  • Nominee’s authorization (i.e., the candidate) for the processing of personal data for nomination purposes is compliant with Article 13 of the Italian Legislative Decree 196/2003. This authorization must be submitted exclusively through the online platform. The privacy authorization form can be downloaded from the “nominee’s personal data” section, completed, signed by the candidate, and then uploaded to the online platform.
  • Recommended citation (15–20 words) highlighting the nominee’s scientific accomplishments in Social Sciences (economics, politics, sociology).
  • Supporting statement concerning the nominee’s contribution in either Agricultural Sciences or Biology. These statements should offer detailed explanations of the candidate’s work and its significance in the relevant scientific context. Clear references to the scientific impact of the nominee’s work are essential. Vague supporting statements will not be considered and will have a negative impact on the evaluation.
  • A clear and comprehensive account of any time spent abroad by the nominee in the past two years.
  • Details of the nominee’s PhD, including subject area, year, and awarding institution.
  • Concise information on the nominee’s membership in academies and societies.
  • Succinct details of awards and honors received.
  • List of the 10 most significant publications presented in an internationally acceptable format.
  • The nominee’s brief curriculum vitae (CV) and her complete list of publications should also be uploaded separately onto the online platform.
  • The nominee’s h-index in Google Scholar and the corresponding number of citations associated with it.

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Application Deadline: May 10, 2024

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