Applications for the 2022 TWAS-Elsevier Project Grants for Gender Equity and Climate Action have commenced for interested and qualified researchers.
The grant worth up to $25000 hopes to support women involved in concrete science-based projects, with the aim of sustainably improving, through the promotion of women’s well-being, the livelihood of their entire community.
The World Academy of Sciences is a merit-based science academy established for developing countries, uniting 1,000 scientists in some 70 countries. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in developing countries.
The Elsevier Foundation-TWAS Project Grants for Gender Equity and Climate Action is a new programme aiming to support women involved in concrete science-based projects, with the aim of sustainably improving, through the promotion of women’s well-being, the livelihood of their entire community. The grants will enable application and/or delivery of science knowledge, promoting tangible change related to climate action (SDG 13).
- Submission of an action-based project with a direct impact on the community of a scientifically and technologically lagging country, with a primary focus on climate action (SDG 13) and secondary focus on gender equality (SDG 5);
- Principal applicant and project leader: a woman scientist, holding a PhD, living and working in a scientifically and technologically lagging country, employed at a university or research institute;
- Up to four (4) additional secondary applicants, also women, who are either scientists or technical experts in a field relevant to the project, from any developing country.
Scholarship Duration and Reward
The programme will award three (3) grants to Collaborative Teams composed of 2–5 members. These members will be either scientists or technical experts, or a mixture of both: the mix of competencies is meant to ensure that the project is backed by strong expertise.
The team leaders from the three (3) awarded groups will be invited to an initial training workshop. In case travel restrictions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic allow it, the training will be held face to face in Europe: the programme will cover the costs for flights, accommodation and food. This cost does not need to be included in your application’s project budget.
The project grant is designed to be flexible and modular, with a total value in the USD 24,000- 25,000 range. It will allow for a variety of expenses within a three-year timescale, as long as these are clearly justified by the work tasks.
- There is no age limitation for this programme.
To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;
- A full budget in USD covering the whole duration of the project in Excel to be attached to the application form.
- Necessary documentation to prove eligibility for the programme needs to be uploaded as an attachment to the application form:
- Passport or National Identity Document (of Principal Applicant and all co-applicants)
- PhD Certificate (for Principal Applicant only)
- Proof of employment at the university or research institution (for Principal Applicant only)
- A partnership declaration signed by all team members
If a candidate is not able to provide such information, she will lose her eligibility to the programme.
Method of Application
The selection committee will look for evidence of significant impact on climate action and gender equity. They will look for evidence of the project’s likelihood of success in supporting women involved in concrete science-based projects. You must clearly demonstrate how you aim to improve, through the promotion of women’s well-being, the livelihood of their entire community with specific reference to climate change.
The selection committee will look for applications with evidence of support, use, and/or delivery of science knowledge at community level, promoting tangible change related to climate action. They will look for women scientists able to lead impactful projects in climate action that takes them outside the lab, and that support the capacity-building of other women and women scientists.
Your application will be assessed primarily based on the quality and feasibility of your project proposal, the evidence of your proposed impact on gender and climate change, and the nature of your collaborations with others. It will also be assessed based on evidence of your scientific merit.
Evidence of prior community work, outreach, civic engagement, or local leadership is not required, yet would be an added advantage.
Candidates who are selected for this programme should expect to be notified of the outcome of their application by the end of 2022.
Women working in particularly challenging circumstances are particularly invited to apply. Click the button below to commence your application.