In a resounding celebration of scientific excellence, the Royal Society has officially commenced the nomination process for the Royal Society Africa Prize 2024. This esteemed annual award, following the legacy of the Royal Society Pfizer Award, is dedicated to recognizing the exceptional contributions of early-career researchers who have made significant strides in the sciences.
Tailored specifically for researchers in the early stages of their careers, typically holding a PhD for 10-15 years, and based in Africa with affiliations to a centre of excellence, such as a university or research centre, the Royal Society Africa Prize aims to highlight outstanding achievements in scientific exploration.
The award package comprises a prestigious bronze medal, a grant of £15,000 towards the recipient's research project, and an additional £2,000 gift. Noteworthy is the inclusive nature of this prize, as nominees are not required to be Fellows of the Royal Society, fostering a diverse and open selection process.
The Royal Society encourages nominations for collaborative efforts, emphasizing the importance of collaborations, groups, or teams in the pursuit of scientific breakthroughs. The deadline for nominations is set for Friday, February 23, 2024. The Royal Society is eager to identify another exceptional individual whose work will significantly contribute to advancing science and research in Africa.
Professor Kelly Chibale, a distinguished leader in drug discovery for African endemic diseases, was the recipient of the 2023 Royal Society Africa Prize. His exemplary success serves as a testament to the transformative impact this award can have on an individual's research trajectory.
If you are aware of an early-career scientist specializing in physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences based in Africa who deserves recognition, you can nominate them for the Royal Society Africa Prize here. This presents a unique opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contributions of emerging scientists in Africa.
Article by Nyokabi Wanjiku