£3,000 Falling Walls 2023 Women Breakthrough Scholarship Award for Scientists

Written by David on May 22, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    $3000 - $5000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Kochstraße 6/7 10969 Berlin Phone: +49 30 60 988 39 70 Fax: +49 30 60 988 39 79 Mail: [email protected]

The Women Breakthrough Award is presented annually to three female scientists who are engaged with issues of gender equity and equality in the scientific community while simultaneously conducting visionary research. The award was established jointly by the Falling Walls Female Science Talents programme and the Elsevier Foundation.

They are looking for women in the scientific community who are working on a research project in one of the domains that is connected to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The award is called the Women Breakthrough Award. They are looking for extraordinary individuals who are pioneering interdisciplinary research in their respective fields and contributing to gender equality and diversity in the scientific community and academic institutions.


About the Scholarship Provider:

The Falling Walls Foundation is an institution in Berlin that operates on a not-for-profit basis and is committed to providing financial assistance to scientific and academic endeavours. 2009 marked the beginning of its operations, which was exactly 20 years after the Berlin Wall came down. The question “Which are the next walls to fall?” is at the core of it. This question arises as a consequence of advances made in areas such as science, technology, the economy, and sociology.

The organisation provides financial assistance to scientific organisations all over the world so that they can run a Falling Walls Lab each year. This international event encourages inter-disciplinary linkages between ambitious academics, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals who are recognised for their outstanding work. Participants are given three minutes to present their work, whether it be research, a business model, or an initiative, before a large audience consisting of people from science and industry. A distinguished jury will then select the proposal that they believe to be the most original and likely to succeed.


The Falling Walls Lab is an exciting and stimulating environment for up-and-coming creative minds, providing them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the next great thing in the world of innovation. Nearly one hundred international labs are hosted every year with more than one thousand presenters, and one hundred of those presenters make it to the final in Berlin. Rhys Pirie, an Australian researcher, was recognised as the 2019 Young Innovator of the Year and won first place at the Falling Walls Lab Finale, which took place in Berlin in 2019. 

The Falling Walls event, on the other hand, is not limited to only taking place in our Lecture Hall. During the breaks, you will have the opportunity to find further inspiration in the form of chance encounters over coffee or in the Braindate Lounge, which is a place where you can delve into the full breadth and depth of ideas that have been compiled by our community. Since its beginnings, the conference has evolved into a one-of-a-kind worldwide forum uniting research, business, and society via a common dedication to the development of innovative solutions to problems that cut beyond national boundaries and professional specialisations. Each year, twenty of the world’s most forward-thinking scientists and boldest visionaries walk to our platform to exhibit their scientific accomplishments. These scientists come from the widest conceivable spectrum of disciplinary backgrounds.


SeNSS is one of only 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships in the United Kingdom that is sponsored by the ESRC, and they will be offering a handful of fully-funded ESRC doctoral studentships beginning in September 2023. SeNSS is one of the only 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships in the United Kingdom that is sponsored by the ESRC.


Scholarship Sponsor(s): Falling Walls

Scholarship Country: Germany

Scholarship Worth:  £3,000

Study Level: Masters

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • Category Innovation will cost you three thousand Euros.
  • In an original manner, the researcher tackles in her study a particular gender-related problem that arises in the scientific community.
  • 3,000 Euros are allotted for the Gender Mainstreaming category.
  • In accordance with a criterion that is comparable to those developed by either the European Research Council or the German Research Foundation, the researcher ensures that the gender equality of individuals who participate in the design process of her research project.
  • 3,000 Euros are allotted for the category of Empowerment.
  • Through the conduct of her study or the conception of her research topic, the researcher gives women and other underrepresented persons in her immediate environment more agency.
  • Other Benefits:
  • Receive a travel scholarship to Berlin from the 7th to the 10th of November 2023 in order to take part in the Falling Walls Science Summit 2023;
  • You will benefit from an enhanced reach and visibility on a global basis for both yourself and your study;
  • Gain access to one-of-a-kind opportunities to network with influential people from around the world in the fields of science, politics, business, and the media;
  • Join the motivating community of Female Science Talents and have access to the channels only for members of that group;
  • Become a leader who motivates others to see gender equality as a priority in the scientific community;
  • Engage in in-depth conversation with other members of the Falling Walls community, such as those from Falling Walls Venture, Falling Walls Engage, Falling Walls Lab, and Falling Walls partners.


The Gustafsson & Skrondal Visiting Scholarship is administered by the University of Oslo’s Centre for Educational Measurement (CEMO). As part of the visiting scholar program, CEMO and the University of Oslo host a number of young researchers from Norway and elsewhere each year.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • Educational and scholarly organisations of research
  • Companies that have their own research facilities
  • Nominees must be selected from among the following: scientific foundations Falling Walls partner organisations World-renowned scientists in their respective fields
  • Researchers who are at the final stage of their project from any field, including the arts, at university and non-university research institutions all over the world — PhD (late stage), Postdoctoral Researchers, and Junior Professors, or researchers at a level comparable to these positions;
  • Women from science and industry who are conducting research on one topic related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals; The research project must be running and active at the time that the proposal is made. A research project is not regarded to be underway if it is still in the funding or ideation phase. The nominee must be at least 18 years old when the application is submitted.
  • We encourage submissions from female researchers working anywhere in the world, provided that they meet the following criteria:
  • Tackle a particular issue that is connected to gender; Incorporate gender equality into the design of their study; Enable and Empower People in Their Environment Through Their study or the Design of Their Research.
  • And carry out a research project that is closely related to one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The Procedure for Selection and the Schedule
  • The deadline for submission of nominations is May 31, 2023.
  • The session of the jury to determine the three winners of the Women Breakthrough Award will take place on August 1, 2023.
  • Put This Date Aside
  • On November 7th, there will be a live award ceremony held in Berlin.
  • The Falling Walls Science Summit 2023 will take place in Berlin from November 6-9, 2023.* *The structure of the event, as well as its schedule, may be adjusted in response to various external influences.



The Falling Walls 2023 Women Breakthrough Award for Scientists  is open to all International Students


If a student enrolls in one of the degree programs offered by SOAS University of London, they may be eligible to receive a fee waiver award in the amount of £5,000. This award is available to students who are interested in receiving a degree from SOAS University of London.


Application Procedure

  • Are you interested, and do you qualify? To submit your application, please visit the Falling Walls website at 99egjf417el.typeform.com.
  • STEP 1: Simply select it from the menu up top.
  • STEP 2: Complete your nomination, self-nomination, or nominee submission by filling out the appropriate fields.
  • STEP 3: The nominees will receive an email containing additional information on the procedure for the competition.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Falling Walls 2023 Women Breakthrough Award for Scientists is May 31, 2023.

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