By means of the Athena Prize, NWO would like to call attention to women who do excellent scientific research in the field of chemistry and are an inspiration to others. It is important that they contribute to educational, administrative, communications and/or other activities that are relevant to society. This prize is meant for female researchers, who obtained their PhD degree less than ten years ago. Researchers 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. Women are under-represented in the ranks of assistant, associate and full professors, for example. To 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;
- who will have had their PhD for no more than 10 years on 31 December 2019; 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.
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 2019 will take place 10-11 December 2019 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 1 October 2019. 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, and
- personal achievements in areas such as education, mentoring, management and policy, industry, outreach, international collaborations and/or other socially relevant activities.
The nominee has a demonstrably independent research line within her research group or research institute in the Netherlands and is an inspiration to others.
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 2019.
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