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Rosalind Franklin Award

The Rosalind Franklin Award supports the promotion of women in STEMM, and is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to STEMM.  The award is a silver gilt medal and is accompanied by a grant of £30,000.

The recipient of the award is expected to spend a proportion of the grant on implementing a project to raise the profile of women in STEMM in their host institution and/or field of expertise in the UK.

There are no restrictions on the age of nominees, though it is anticipated that the award will be made to an individual in mid-career, with a maximum of 20 years post PhD or equivalent.

The call for nominations for the 2017 award is now open.  Please visit the Royal Society website for more information and to submit an application form by the deadline of 18:00 on 30 January 2017.

Athena Prize Diversity Award

The Royal Society has recently announced the establishment of a new national award to inspire innovation and leadership in diversity issues.

The Athena Prize will be awarded biennially to recognise individuals and team in the UK research community who have set up innovative projects that contribute towards the advancement of diversity in STEMM.

A £5,000 cash prize and medal will be presented to the winner during the Royal Society's annual diversity conference, which will take place on 31 October 2016.

The 2016 scheme is now closed.  Details of the 2017 scheme will be announced on the Royal Society website in early 2017.

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship scheme

The Royal Society awards five Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships each year to outstanding scientists at an early stage of their research career in the UK that require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as parenting or caring responsibilities or health issues.  Female candidates are particularly invited to apply.

Applicants must have completed their PhD but have less than 6 years postdoctoral experience. 

Entries are now closed for the 2016 competition.  Further information on the 2017 competition will be announced on the Royal Society website later in the year.

Rosalind Franklin Appathon

The Royal Society has launch a new national app competition to empower and recognise women as leaders in STEMM.
The competition has two different challenges:
Challenge 1: To develop new mobile phone apps to empower women in STEMM. The competition is open to both women and men. 
Challenge 2: To recognise leading women in STEMM who have pioneered new apps for research and societal good. 
The 2016 competition is now closed.  Details of the 2017 competitions will be advertised next year.