TWAS-CAS Young Scientists Award for Frontier Science

TWAS is inviting nominations for the 2021 Award from all its members as well as science academies, national research councils, universities and scientific institutions in developing and developed countries.

This annual award, established in the year 2020, recognizes scientific achievements by young scientists living and working in a developing country. CAS President and former TWAS President Bai Chunli played a central role in creating the award, currently funded for five years.

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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 honor achievements in earth science, mathematics and artificial intelligence, and life sciences. The second edition of the award will recognize achievements in astronomy and cosmology. The recipients receive prize money sponsored by Lenovo, a global leader in consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology that is the largest PC company in the world.


The award is worth USD10,000.


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.
  • From the field of astronomy and cosmology.
  • Not be a Fellow of TWAS.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process


  • The nominations can only be submitted electronically through the on-line platform by clicking on the apply now button.
  • To resume working on saved nominations please follow the official link.
  • The deadline for receiving nominations is 12 May 2021, however we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the deadline but submit the nomination as early as you can to enable us to process it as quickly as possible.

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 honors 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.


  •  While filling in the form, pay attention to the requirements for each field (e.g. maximum number of characters, file type, date format, etc.)
  • Run a ‘check’ using the button of the form menu to verify that mandatory fields have been filled in and the data you entered are accepted. This also saves your form. Every time you run a check, you are taken to the last section of the form named “Submit”. Use the form menu to navigate to the previous sections.
  • After you run a check, fields with NOT ACCEPTED OR MISSING DATA will be highlighted in RED.

*Please note that once you have duly modified the content of one or more fields, the red highlight will not disappear until you run again a check.

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Application Deadline: May 11, 2021

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