ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women 2017

Deadline: June 23, 2017
Open to: female citizens and residents of an ASEAN member state
Benefits: USD 20,000 to the first place winner and USD 5,000 to the runner up


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), aim to strengthen ASEAN science and technology capacity and gender equality and improvement through an annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. The 2017 Prize will provide promising, ASEAN-based, early- to mid-career female professionals utilizing applied science with recognition awards from ASEAN and the United States government for their academic and professional achievements.

The 2017 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women will emphasize the role of female professionals working in applied science who use their work to better society in safe and sustainable ways and act as role models for other women working in and pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This year, the Prize theme will focus on rapid urbanization across the ASEAN region.

The prize administrators will look to award those working specifically to address rapid urbanization with a lens towards:

  • Health, such as disease spread and mutation, counterfeit medication, or healthcare access;
  • Transportation and infrastructure improvements;
  • Workforce development and retention focusing on safety in the workplace (health, machinery safety, pollution).


  • Any female citizen and resident of an ASEAN member state is eligible to apply for the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women. ASEAN member states include: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
  • Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree;
  • Background in biotechnology, microelectronics and information technology, and material science and technology;
  • Additionally, candidates should be 40 years of age or younger at the time of submission and their area of expertise should fall under this year’s theme of rapid urbanization.


  • The total amount of prize funding available for winners will be USD 25,000, and will be provided by Underwriters Laboratories (UL);
  • The prize administrators anticipate awarding USD 20,000 to the first place winner and USD 5,000 to the runner up;
  • Separate provisions will be made for travel and lodging expenses as well as meal provisions for the winners to attend an awards ceremony at an ASEAN ministerial meeting in Myanmar;
  • The winners will receive official award disbursements shortly after the awards ceremony.

 How to apply?

  • Applicants should submit a completed application form and their curriculum vitae online;
  • If you are having trouble with your form, please contact;
  • A mentee or other women who have been impacted by the applicant should submit letter of support to;
  • The referee should include the candidate’s name in the subject line;
  • An academic or professional contact should submit a letter of recommendation to with the candidate’s name in the subject line;
  • Applications will not be considered without any of these three components.

The deadline for applications is June 23, 2017.

For more information please visit the official website.

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