Deadline: March 8, 2023

The Inspiring Women in Science awards celebrate and support the achievements of women in science, and all those who work to encourage girls and young women to engage with STEM subjects and stay in STEM careers around the world.

They invite applications in two award categories — Science Outreach and Scientific Achievement.

  • Science Outreach Category: The Nature Awards for Inspiring Women in Science – Science Outreach Category, is presented for initiatives that support girls or young women to engage with, enjoy and study STEM subjects OR to increase the retention of women in STEM careers. STEM includes natural sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.
  • Scientific Achievement Category: The Nature Awards for Inspiring Women in Science – Scientific Achievement Category, recognizes early-career women researchers. The successful applicant will have made an exceptional demonstrable contribution to scientific discovery and may have faced significant challenges, personal or professional.


The winners of the Nature Awards for Inspiring Women in Science, Science Outreach category will receive:

  • A prize of US$50,000
  • An invitation to the award ceremony in London, with accommodation and travel expenses paid by the organizer. In the event that it is not possible or advisable to hold such a ceremony, an alternative virtual presentation or acknowledgment will be arranged.
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  • An invitation to present their work or initiative to the scientists at The Estée Lauder Companies
  • Mentoring through The Estée Lauder Companies.


Science Outreach Category

They accept applications from organizations, departments, individuals (of any gender), or project teams.

They are looking for initiatives that have either:

  • encouraged  girls or young women to engage with and study natural sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine OR
  • increased retention of women in STEM careers, with a focus on providing tools to support women through their career progression in a STEM discipline.

Scientific Achievement Category

  • Applicants must self-identify as women. They use an inclusive definition of ‘woman’ and ‘women’. We welcome trans women, genderqueer, and non-binary people.
  • Applicants must hold a PhD degree or a medical degree, or other types of doctorate by dissertation. A PhD or doctorate by dissertation is a globally recognized postgraduate academic degree awarded by a university or higher education institution to a person who has submitted a thesis or dissertation, based on extensive and original research in their chosen field.
  • Applicants must be within 10 years of completing their PhD degree or medical degree, or other types of doctorate by dissertation:
    • Completion of their PhD (or medical degree) is defined as the date the PhD (or medical degree) or doctorate by dissertation was approved by the institutional panel following submission of their dissertation and/or oral examination. It is not the date of their graduation.
    • The abovementioned 10 years will be extended by any maternity leave(s) or other relevant leaves of absence. Thus, the 10 years do not need to be continuous. Details of these absences will need to be specified during the application process.
    • If applicants hold both a PhD and a medical degree, the graduation date of the most recently awarded will be used.
    • Applicants must hold a non-tenured position. This includes those who have non-permanent postdoctoral and/or non-permanent tenure-track positions (or equivalents such as proleptic lecturer positions). Those in a tenured position (or equivalents, such as a permanent lecturer position) are not eligible to apply.
    • They accept applications from those working in natural sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.  We also welcome applications that include an interdisciplinary component.

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