Frequently asked questions
Q: Who can I contact for more information?
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.
Inspiring Science Award: firstname.lastname@example.org
Innovating Science Award: email@example.com
Q: When can I apply?
Applications open on 5th March 2019 and close on 6th May 2019 (23:59 BST).
Q: When will I know if I have been shortlisted?
All shortlisted applicants will be contacted by September 2019.
Q. Will I receive updates on my application?
Unfortunately we cannot provide individual feedback on applications.
Q. Can I enter both the Innovating Science Award and the Inspiring Science Award?
The Innovating Science Award and the Inspiring Science Award are two separate entities, so you can apply for both.
Q: How will you ensure all subjects are represented?
We will work to ensure the judging panel has representatives from a broad range of STEM subjects. STEM includes natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine.
Q: Do I need to be nominated?
No. This year we require applicants for both awards to self-apply.
Inspiring Science Award
Q: Who is eligible for the Inspiring Science Award?
Applicants should be female or self-identify as female. We use an inclusive definition of ‘woman’ and ‘female’ and we welcome trans women, genderqueer individuals, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.
Applicants should hold an MD and/or PhD degree, or other types of doctorate by dissertation. A PhD or doctorate by dissertation is a globally recognized postgraduate academic degree awarded by a university or higher education institution to a applicant who has submitted a thesis or dissertation, based on extensive and original research in their chosen field.
Applicants should be within 10 years of completing their MD or PhD.
Completion of a PhD (or MD) is defined as the date the PhD (or MD) or doctorate by dissertation was approved by the university panel following submission of the dissertation and/or oral examination is considered the date the MD/PhD was received, whether or not this coincides with graduation.
The abovementioned 10 years will be extended by any maternity leave(s) or other relevant leaves of absence. Therefore the 10 years does not need to be continuous. Details of these leaves will need to be specified during the application process.
If applicants hold both a PhD and an MD degree, the graduation date of the latest received will be used.
Applicants should hold a non-tenured position. This includes those who have non-permanent postdoctoral and/or non-permanent tenure-track positions (or equivalents such as proleptic lecturer positions). Those in a tenured position (or equivalents, such as a permanent lecturer position) are not eligible to apply.
We accept applications from those working in natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine.
Q: I have obtained my PhD in XXXX; am I eligible for the Inspiring Science Award?
Everyone who has obtained their PhD or MD within 10 years from the year the award will be granted (at 31st December 2019) is eligible to be nominated, provided that all other eligibility criteria are met. In practise, this means everyone who has obtained their PhD after 31st December 2009. This period will be extended in case of maternity leaves or other leaves of absences taken during the 10-year period, with the duration of the leave taken.
Innovating Science Award
Q: Who is eligible for the Innovating Science Award?
We accept applications from individuals and groups. If applying as a group, please select a spokesperson who will be listed as the named winner and receive an invitation to the award ceremony. Additionally, a contact person can be selected to manage any administration-related queries for the application.
We are looking for an individual or a group who has made an exceptional contribution to the promotion and engagement of girls and young women in natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, engineering or medicine, and exhibits the potential for developing and encouraging more girls and young women to study these subjects. The focus is on engaging more primary- and high-school girls, rather than on career progression for those already engaged in science. The applicants will have demonstrated the ability to go beyond the ‘norm’ and worked hard to encourage, support or promote the interest of girls and/or young women in science.
Please note the grassroots initiative can be a day-job or an additional project (if it is an additional project, the amount that can be achieved alongside a full-time job will be taken into consideration).