OWSDSA   Logo High Res Final
ASSAf logo    
• ORGANISATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD •
• SOUTH AFRICA  NATIONAL CHAPTER •
FacebookTwitterLinkedinRSS Feed



The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2019 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA).  The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women.  The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

The theme for the 2019 SAWiSA is making the fourth industrial revolution work for women. The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) has been defined as technological development that blurs the lines between the physical, digital, and biological systems. It integrates cyber-physical systems and the internet of things, big data and cloud computing, robotics, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing. Compared to previous industrial revolutions, this one is evolving at an exponential rate with potential significant impacts on society and human dynamics. The Humanities and Social Sciences are as critical as the Natural and Engineering Sciences in the 4IR discourse. It is important that the power and potential of all of humanity is unleashed to benefit from the 4IR. Women, who account for more than half of the population of the world have a major role to play.  

Awards in the distinguished woman and distinguished young woman researcher categories will be made for research in the Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Research and Innovation (R&I). Awards on the latter (R&I) will be made in the areas aligned to the 4IR. The DST-Albertina Sisulu Fellowships and TATA Scholarships will be awarded to currently registered master’s and PhD students.

The 2019 SAWiSA will be presented on 15 August 2019 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month.  The awards will be made in the following categories:

AWARD CATEGORIES

  1. Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers
  • Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  1. Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers
  • Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

 

  1. Awards for Research and Innovation
  • Distinguished Woman Researcher
  • Distinguished Young Woman Researcher

 

  1. DST-Albertina Sisulu Fellowships
  • Six master's students: 2 in Natural Sciences, 1 in Engineering Sciences, 1 in Human and Social Sciences (HSS), 1 in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and 1 in Astronomy.
  • Six doctoral students: 2 in Natural Sciences, 1 in Engineering Sciences, 1 in HSS, 1 in (IKS) and 1 in Astronomy.

 

  1. TATA Africa Scholarships for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Three master's students in disciplines where the participation of women is low.
  • Three doctoral students in disciplines where the participation of women is low.

 

NOTE:

  1. 1. Winners may be requested to participate in public awareness initiatives led by the DST.
  2. 2. All applicants /nominees are required to submit a short profile.

3     Shortlisted finalists will be required to submit three high-resolution photographs to be used for publicity.


NOMINATIONS/ APPLICATIONS

Nominations and applications on the attached form should reach the Department of Science and Technology by Friday, 31 May 2019.  No late submissions will be accepted.

The call document has nomination forms for researchers as annexure A, and the application forms for students as annexure B. The application or nomination should be accompanied by the documentation specified for each category.

To meet all the requirements, the attached checklist must be completed and submitted.

Nominations and applications clearly indicating the category, should be submitted electronically (using the attached form) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

NB: Please note that further correspondence will be only entered into with shortlisted finalists.

For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.