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The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) calls for nominations for the 2024 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 2024 SAWISA is “Transition towards an Innovation Economy: The Role of Women Leaders in STEM”. The innovation economy is an inclusive concept encompassing various sectors, namely, creative and cultural endeavours, energy and environment , water and ocean management, caregiving and assistance, the social sector and public services, and the often-overlooked contributions of unrecognised work, among others. Thus, research in both the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), and the Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences (NES) can contribute to an innovation economy. An innovative economy is a key driver of economic growth, entrepreneurship, competitiveness and prosperity, and its emphasis is on innovation, creativity, and the development of new ideas, products, and services.

Awards will be made in the distinguished young woman and distinguished woman researchers’ categories in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences (NES) categories, as well as in any field aligned with the theme1.

1 Where warranted, winners may be considered for nomination for the National Orders, the highest honours bestowed by the President in recognition of an excellent service to the nation. The National Orders are awarded to South African citizens who have accomplished excellence and exceptional achievements in community service, business, economy, science, medicine and technological innovation, among others.

The SAWISA also incorporates awards to currently registered Master’s and PhD students, namely, the DSI Fellowships. The fellowships are not necessarily restricted to the theme.


The 2024 SAWISA will be presented on 15 August 2024nted on as part of the Department’s celebration of Women’s Month. The awards will be made in the following categories:

1.Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences
  • Transition towards an Innovation Economy.

2.Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences
  • Transition towards an Innovation Economy.

3.DSI Fellowships

  • Six Master’s students: two in Natural Sciences, one in Engineering Sciences, one in HSS, one in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and one in Astronomy.
  • Six PhD students: two in Natural Sciences, one in Engineering Sciences, one in HSS, one in IKS and one in Astronomy.

NOMINATION/ APPLICATION PROCESS

Nominations and applications must reach the Department of Science and Innovation by Friday, 07 June 2024. No late submissions will be accepted.
The application form and submission checklist for DSI Fellowships are available for download at this link: 2024 -SAWiSA – Application Form for Masters and Doctoral Students.docx
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The nomination form, CV template and submission checklist for researchers are available for download at this link: 2024 -SAWiSA – Nomination Form for Researchers.docx
The application or nomination forms should be accompanied by the documentation specified for each category. To meet the requirements, all the abovementioned forms and supporting documents must be completed, clearly indicating the category, and submitted electronically to SAWiSA@dst.gov.za.

PLEASE NOTE:
• Only shortlisted finalists will be contacted.
• Winners may be requested to participate in public awareness initiatives led by the DSI.
• All applicants /nominees are required to submit a short profile referred to in the application form.

For more information, contact Dr Maphuti Madiga at 079 510 9279 or at Maphuti.Madiga@dst.gov.za.