Win up to $10,000 in the TWAS-CAS young scientists award for Frontier Science 2021 (Not more than 45 years)


Nominate or get nominated as a young scientist in the TWAS-CAS young Scientists award for frontier Science 2021, and stand a chance to win up to $10,000 along with recognition of achievements in Astronomy and cosmology.

Application Deadline: May 12, 2021.

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  • The recipients receive USD10,000 sponsored by Lenovo, global leader in consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology that is the largest PC company in the world.
  • The subject rotates among various fields of science. The 2020 award recognized achievements in the physical sciences, including physics and chemistry. In future years it will honour achievements in earth science, mathematics and artificial intelligence, and life sciences


  • Eligible candidates are young scientists (not older than 45 years of age)
  • National of a developing country, who have been living and working in a developing country for a minimum of two years immediately prior to their nomination.
  • In 2021 the award will recognize achievements in astronomy and cosmology.
  • Self nominations and nominations from jury members will not be considered. Fellows of TWAS are not eligible.
  • The same nominee cannot be nominated for more than one ‘Fellows of TWAS Awards’ in a given year. The secretariat retains the right to bring to the attention of the relevant nominators that the nomination may be suitable for another award, and the final decision whether or not to shift the nomination will be taken by the nominators themselves.

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Application Instructions

How to nominate

A nomination is considered complete only if includes all of the following information/material:

Nominator contact details;

Nominee contact details (self nominations are not accepted) and general information on the nominee, including the country where he/she has been working and living in the past 2 years;

Authorization from the nominee (i.e. the candidate) to process his/her personal data for the purposes of his/her nomination, in conformity to Art. 13 of the Italian Legislative Decree 196/2003. This authorization can only be submitted through the online platform. The privacy authorization form is available for download in the section ‘nominee’s personal data’. The form must be filled in and signed by the candidate and then uploaded onto the on-line platform;

Suggested citation (15-20 words highlighting the nominee’s scientific achievements in astronomy and/or cosmology);

Supporting statement regarding the nominee’s contribution in astronomy and/or cosmology. Supporting statements should explain in detail the work performed by the candidate and its significance in the relevant scientific context. Clear reference should be made to the scientific impact of the nominee’s work. Vague supporting statements will not be considered and will negatively affect the evaluation;

Clear and detailed account of any time spent abroad by the nominee in the past two years;

PhD: information on subject area, year and awarding institution;

Brief information on membership in academies and societies;

Brief information on awards and honours received;

List of 10 most significant publications listed in an internationally acceptable format;

The nominee’s brief CV and her/his complete list of publications are also to be uploaded, separately, onto the online platform.

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About the TWAS-CAS young scientists award for Frontier Science

TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate. They shared a belief that developing nations, by building strength in science and engineering, could build the knowledge and skill to address such challenges as hunger, disease and poverty. From the start, the Academy had essential support from Italian scientists and political leaders.

The Third World Academy of Sciences, as it was originally known, was inaugurated officially in 1985 during a ceremony attended by United Nations Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar. Initially, TWAS had 42 elected fellows, nine of them Nobel laureates. The name was changed twice: in 2004, to “The Academy of Sciences for the developing world” and, in 2012, to the current one, “The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries”. Today, TWAS has 1,296 elected fellows — some of the world’s most accomplished scientists and engineers — representing more than 100 countries; 11 of them are Nobel laureates. About 84 per cent come from developing nations, and the rest are scientists from the developed world whose work has had a significant impact in the South. TWAS fellows are the foundation for all of the Academy’s work.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Deadline for application is May 12, 2021.

Selection of the winner is made on scientific merit. A pre-screening of the nominees will be done at TWAS. The nomination dossiers of the qualified candidates will then be submitted to jury members for their evaluation. Based on this evaluation the winner will be selected.

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

TWAS is the hub for a global network of scientists and organizations working to advance science in the developing world

Relationships are central to TWAS’s work. Over the past three decades, the Academy has worked in close collaboration with scientists and scientific organizations, governments, educational institutions and funding organizations to build science and sustainable growth in the developing world.

Past Winners

Previous winner of the TWAS-CAS Young Scientists Award for Frontier Science​:

2020: Physical Sciences (including physics and chemistry): Parameswaran Ajith, India, for his pioneering contributions to the development of phenomenological models of gravitational-wave signals from coalescing binary black holes.:

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