The World Academy of Sciences provides nine awards to individual scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least 10 years. The cycle of the TWAS Awards is now every two years.
The TWAS Awards (previously called 'TWAS Prizes') are awarded to individual scientists from developing countries in recognition of an outstanding contribution to scientific knowledge in nine fields of sciences and/or to the application of science and technology to sustainable development. To abide by the decision of the TWAS Council taken in November 2018, the cycle of the TWAS Awards will beevery two years. Additionally, during the TWAS Council meeting held in Hangzhou, China, on 11 November 2019, the request by UNESCO to change the term 'prize' to 'award' for all existing and new TWAS distinctions other than medals was approved, and therefore this award scheme is now called 'TWAS Awards'.
TWAS provides nine awards of USD 10,000 each (a reduced amount was decided by the TWAS Council in December 2018, and then revised during the Council meeting held in Hangzhou, China, on 11 November 2019) in the following fields: agricultural sciences; biology; chemistry; earth, astronomy and space sciences; engineering sciences; mathematics; medical sciences; physics and social sciences*.
Each award is accompanied by a plaque.
Awards are usually presented on a special occasion, often coinciding with the General Meeting of TWAS.
Candidates for a TWAS Award must be scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least ten years immediately prior to their nomination. They must meet at least one of the following qualifications:
Scientific research achievement of outstanding significance for the development of scientific thought.
Outstanding contribution to the application of science and technology to sustainable development.
The outstanding contribution may be defined in relation to existing opportunities and realistic possibilities available to the candidate. This applies particularly to candidates from scientifically disadvantaged countries.
Members of TWAS are not eligible for TWAS Awards.
Self-nominations and nominations from jury members will not be considered.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE TO RECEIVE NOMINATIONS IS 31 MARCH 2022. HOWEVER WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DEADLINE BUT SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.
TWAS is inviting nominations from all its members as well as science academies, national research councils, universities and scientific institutions in developing and developed countries.
Nominations must be made on the on-line nomination form and clearly state the contribution the candidate has made to the development of the particular field of science for which the award would be given.
Nominations of women scientists and scientists from scientifically lagging countries are particularly encouraged.
The re-nomination of a previously declined candidate shall be accepted only if it bears substantially new elements for judgment.