Honouring scientific achievement
Recognizing excellence in scientific research in the developing world
The TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize
TWAS and Lenovo have instituted the TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize to be awarded to outstanding scientists in the developing world. The first edition will honour researchers in the field of physics and astronomy. Nominations should reach TWAS by 10 June 2013.
Each year the Academy awards eight prizes of USD15,000 each to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least ten years. The Prizes are given in the following fields of science: agricultural sciences, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics, medical sciences and physics. Deadline for receiving nominations for the TWAS 2013 Prizes: 28 February 2013. Previous winners: Recipients of TWAS Awards/Prizes
TWAS-Celso Furtado Prize in Social Sciences
With funding from the Brazilian government for four years, the prize will recognize social scientists who have been living and working in a developing country for at least ten years.
The annual prize carries a USD15,000 cash award.
Deadline for receiving nominations: 28 February 2013.
TWAS Prizes to Young Scientists in Developing Countries
The Academy invites national science academies, scientific research councils, ministries of science and technology and high-level research organizations in the South (except Africa; see next item) to institute a scheme of TWAS prizes for young scientists in their countries. Important: The programme is directed at organizations, not individual scientists. Deadline: none.
AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Awards
The African Union and TWAS offer support to African countries to institute prizes to honour young African scientists. Important: The programme is directed at organizations, not individual scientists. Deadline: 30 June each year: Africa Scientific Renaissance day. Recipients of AU-TWAS Awards.
TWAS Medal Lectures
Every year, the Academy honours three TWAS Members for their achievements in their fields of research. The recipients lecture on a main aspect of their work, and are presented with a plaque.
The Abdus Salam Medal for Science and Technology
The medal was instituted to honour the Academy's founder and first president, Professor Abdus Salam. It is awarded to highly distinguished personalities who have served the cause of science in the developing world.
The C.N.R. Rao Prize for Scientific Research
The prize, named after TWAS Founding Fellow and former president, CNR Rao, carries a cash award of USD5,000. It is designed to honour distinguished scientists from the developing world, especially scientists from the world's scientifically and technologically lagging countries, who have made significant contributions to global science.
Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry
The annual award, sponsored by TWAS Fellow Atta-ur-Rahman, will be given to a young chemist in a scientifically lagging country. The Prize carries a cash award of USD5,000. The first recipient of the award was announced at the 23rd General Meeting of TWAS which took place in Tianjin, China in 2012.
The Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in Developing Countries
Five regional prizes of USD5,000 each are awarded each year to young women scientists living and working in science- and technology-lagging countries and within 10 years of obtaining their PhD. Winners are invited to the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
TWAS-Regional Offices Prizes
Each of the Academy's five regional offices awards each year one prize of USD3,000. The prizes rotate each year among the following three areas: (a) popularization of science, (b) development of scientific educational material, and (c) building scientific institutions.
The TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists (2009-2011)
The Prize recognized young scientists in Africa whose research in computer science promises to have a positive impact in the developing world. Each year, three winners were selected from different countries on the continent. Each recipient received a EUR 7,000 cash award contributed by Microsoft.
The BioVision-Lilly Award in conjunction with TWAS (2011 only)
The Prize will recognize young scientists from developing countries who have a track record of excellent research in infectious diseases, with an emphasis on tuberculosis preferred, and whose research promises to have a positive impact in the developing world. In 2011, three winners will be selected. Deadline: 15 January 2011.
The Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize (2008-2012)
TWAS and illycaffè, in collaboration with the Municipality of Trieste and the Fondazione Internazionale per il progresso e la libertà delle scienze, awarded the Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize.