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Nature Awards for Inspiring Women in Science

Nature Awards for Inspiring Women in Science

Deadline: 8 May 2023

Open to: requirements depend on the category of application

Benefits: prize of US$50,000


The Nature Awards for Inspiring Women in Science, in partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies, 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.

The scope of the awards reflects two award categories, that describe the work they recognise – 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. These initiatives can be run by an individual or academic, educational, charitable, governmental or corporate entity. In the case of corporate entities, the initiatives should form part of a corporate social responsibility programme and not be part of core commercial operations.

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 applicant will also exhibit the potential for developing and leading an independent research group. Keen on applicants that have made efforts to inspire the next generation of scientists through outreach or support the retention of women in science careers.


Science Outreach Category

Applications are accepted from organizations, departments, individuals (of any gender) or project teams. Please nominate one spokesperson who will be the point of contact and represent the winning entry at the award ceremony.

Looking for initiatives that have either:

Entries will have shown exceptional vision, insight and/or imagination and demonstrated that they encourage, support or promote the interest of girls and/or women in STEM. We also welcome applications that include an interdisciplinary component.

Scientific Achievement Category


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

The shortlisted applicants will:


For more information, visit the official website.