TWAS─Abdool Karim Prize
The World Academy of Sciences
Deadline:  12th May

Biological Sciences
Angola,Benin,Burkina Faso,Burundi,Central African Republic,Chad,Comoros,Congo,Djibouti,Equatorial Guinea,Eritrea,Ethiopia,Gambia,Guinea,Guinea-Bissau,Kenya,Lesotho,Liberia,Madagascar,Malawi,Mali,Mauritania,Mozambique,Niger,Rwanda,Sao Tome and Principe,Senegal,Sierra Leone,Somalia,South Sudan,Sudan,Tanzania,Togo
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Scholarship Overview

TWAS─Abdool Karim Prize, 2021 is offered for Research Fellow/ Scientist degree in the field of Biological Sciences. You can apply to this scholarship here. The deadline for the sending your application is 12 May 2021. This scholarship is provided by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the value of this scholarship is Partial Funding, USD 5,000 . This scholarship is open for: Open to female applicants from Low Income African countries.

  • Degree: Research Fellow/ Scientist
  • Provided by: The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
  • Deadline: 12 May 2021
  • Scholarship value: Partial Funding, USD 5,000

The World Academy of Sciences is offering TWAS─Abdool Karim Prize, 2021 to women scientists for their achievements in the field of Biological Sciences. This award, named after TWAS Fellow Quarraisha Abdool Karim, carries a cash award of USD5,000 generously provided by Professor Abdool Karim. It is designed to honor women scientists in Low Income African countries for their achievements in Biological Sciences.

Value of TWAS─Abdool Karim Prize, 2021:

Successful applicants of the TWAS─Abdool Karim Prize, 2021 will receive a cash award of USD5,000 which is provided by Professor Abdool Karim.


  • The award of TWAS─Abdool Karim Prize, 2021 recognizes women scientists for their achievements in Biological Sciences.
  • Eligible nominees are female scientists national of a Low-Income African country who have been living and working there for at least two years immediately prior to their nomination. (i.e. from 12/2/2019).
  • Fellows of TWAS are not eligible.

A pre-screening of the candidates will be done at TWAS, the nomination dossiers of the qualified candidates will then be submitted to jury members for their evaluation. Based on this evaluation Prof. Quarraisha Abdool Karim will select the winner for TWAS─Abdool Karim Prize, 2021.

How To Apply

The 2021 nominations can only be submitted electronically through the on-line platform by clicking on the “NEW NOMINATION” button at the bottom of this page.

To resume working on saved nominations, click on the "RESUME" button at the bottom of this page.

The deadline for receiving nominations is 12 May 2021, however we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the deadline but submit the nomination as early as you can to enable us to process it as quickly as possible.


A nomination is considered complete only if includes all of the following information/material:

  • Nominator contact details;
  • Nominee contact details (self nominations are not accepted) and general information on the nominee, including the country where she has been working and living in the past 2 years;
  • Authorization from the nominee (i.e. the candidate) to process her personal data for the purposes of her nomination, in conformity to Art. 13 of the Italian Legislative Decree 196/2003. This authorization can only be submitted through the online platform. The privacy authorization form is available for download in the section ‘nominee’s personal data’. The form must be filled in and signed by the candidate and then uploaded onto the on-line platform;
  • Suggested citation (15-20 words highlighting the nominee's scientific achievements in Biological Sciences);
  • Supporting statement regarding the nominee’s contribution in Biological Sciences. Supporting statements should explain in detail the work performed by the candidate and its significance in the relevant scientific context. Clear reference should be made to the scientific impact of the nominee's work. Vague supporting statements will not be considered and will negatively affect the evaluation;
  • Clear and detailed account of any time spent abroad by the nominee in the past two years;
  • PhD: information on subject area, year and awarding institution;
  • Brief information on membership in academies and societies;
  • Brief information on awards and honours received;
  • List of 10 most significant publications listed in an internationally acceptable format;
  • The nominee's brief CV and her complete list of publications are also to be uploaded, separately, onto the online platform.
  • The nominee's h-index in Google Scholar and the associated number of citations.


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