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2017 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women for mid-career female professionals ($25,000 Prize)

Application Deadline: June 23, 2017

Notification of Finalists: August 2017

Estimated Notification of Winner: October 2017

Estimated Date of Awards Ceremony: November 2017

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), aim to strengthen ASEAN science and technology capacity and gender equality and improvement through an annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women (“Prize”).

The 2017 Prize will provide promising, ASEAN-based, early- to mid-career female professionals utilizing applied science with recognition awards from ASEAN and the United States government for their academic and professional achievements. The 2017 Prize will emphasize the role of female professionals working in applied science who use their work to better society in safe and sustainable ways and act as role models for other women working in and pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

This year, the Prize theme will focus on rapid urbanization across the ASEAN region. The Prize administrators will look to award those working in biotechnology, microelectronics and information technology, or material science and technology to address:

● Rapid urbanization with a focus on health such as disease spread and mutation,counterfeit medication, or health care access

● Rapid urbanization with a focus on improving transportation and infrastructure

● Rapid urbanization with a focus on workplace safety and retention (health, machinery safety, pollution in the formal sector)

Eligibility

  • Any female citizen and resident of an ASEAN member state is eligible to apply for the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. ASEAN member states include: Brunei Darussalam,Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and VietNam.
  • Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree. Additionally, candidates should be 40 years of age or younger at the time of submission and their area of expertise should fall under this year’s theme of rapid urbanization (please see below for complete details).

Prize Theme:

The 2017 Prize will look to award female professionals working in applied science who are striving to improve the safety, sustainability, and security of cities in the face of rapid urbanization and helping to improve resilience in the face of stressors and shocks. The 2017 Prize will focus on ASEAN-identified science and technology priority areas:

● Biotechnology

● Microelectronics and information technology

● Material science and technology

Applicants should use their field of focus to address:

● Rapid urbanization with a focus on health such as disease spread and mutation,counterfeit medication, or health care access

● Rapid urbanization with a focus on improving transportation and infrastructure

● Rapid urbanization with a focus on workplace safety and retention (health, machinery safety, pollution in the formal sector)

Funding:

  • The total amount of prize funding available for winners will be $25,000, and will be provided by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • The prize administrators anticipate awarding $20,000 to the first place winner and $5,000 to the runner up. Separate provisions will be made for travel and lodging expenses as well as meal provisions for the winners to attend an awards ceremony at an ASEAN ministerial meeting in Myanmar.
  • The winners will receive official award disbursements shortly after the awards ceremony.

Application Requirements:

 

  • In order to be considered for the Prize, applicants should submit a completed application form online at: https://scienceprizeforwomen.formstack.com/forms/2017scienceprize.
  • If you are having trouble with your form, please contact scienceprizeforwomen@gmail.com.
  • Forms must be complicated in their entirety. Along with a completed application, candidates should submit their curriculum vitae (CV) to the application platform. Candidates must also have two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

    ● A letter of support submitted by a mentee or other women who have been impacted by the applicant

    ● A letter of recommendation submitted by an academic or professional contact

  • Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the referee to scienceprizeforwomen@gmail.com with the candidate’s name in the subject line. Letters must be received by 11:59 PM GMT +7 on June 23, 2017. Applications will not be considered without any of these three components.

Submission Deadline

Applications may be submitted any time before 11:59 pm GMT +7 on June 23, 2017 using: https://scienceprizeforwomen.formstack.com/forms/2017scienceprize

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

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