By means of the annual Athena Prize, NWO would like to call attention to women who do excellent scientific research in the field of chemistry. It is important that they contribute on other levels as well, for example through their educational, administrative, communications and other activities that are relevant to society. This prize is meant for female researchers in chemistry, who obtained their PhD degree less than ten years ago. Researchers working in the chemical sciences are able to nominate one or more female researchers for the Athena Prize.
In the Netherlands, the higher the position in the chemical sciences, the lower the percentage of women holding those positions. To further increase the share of female researchers in chemistry it is important to bring female role models with an independent research line in the Netherlands into the limelight.
Who can apply
Nominees for the Athena Prize must be women
- who do scientific research in the field of chemistry;
- who are employed by (i.e. have a paid appointment at) a Dutch university or a research institute that is recognised by NWO or who work in the chemical industry;
- who will have had their PhD for no more than 10 years on 31 December 2018; and
- who have a demonstrably independent research line within their research group or research institute in the Netherlands.
The maximum term mentioned above can be extended if the individual has been on maternity or parental leave. A candidate may be nominated a maximum of two times. Candidates who have already been nominated twice before 2017 may be nominated for a third time.
What to apply for
The Athena Prize consists of the following elements:
- a cash amount of EUR 25,000, to be spent on research-related activities;
- a trophy;
- a personalised media package.
NWO will award no more than one Athena Prize each year. The award ceremony will take place during CHAINS, the chemistry conference organised by the NWO Domain Science. CHAINS 2018 will take place 3-5 December 2018 at the NH Hotel in Veldhoven in the Netherlands.
When to apply
The deadline for the submission of nominations is 14:00 hours CE(S)T on 27 September 2018. Nominations must be submitted to the e-mail address email@example.com.
The nominees will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
- Scientific excellence as demonstrated by the nominee's scientific track record. The nominee has a demonstrably independent research line within her research group or research institute in the Netherlands; and
- The nominee’s participation in other activities relevant to society (including educational, administrative or communications activities), as well as her membership in committees in relation to chemistry and/or women in science.
The admissible nominations received before the deadline will be evaluated by a jury. On the basis of those nominations, the jury will draw up a short list of candidates from which they will then choose one scientist to put forward to the NWO Domain Science board for the Athena Prize. The Domain Science board's decision to grant the prize will be based on the jury's recommendation in November 2018.
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