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Women scientists are leading ground-breaking researchers across the world. But despite their remarkable discoveries, women still represent just 33.3 % of researchers globally, and their work rarely gains the recognition it deserves. Less than 4 % of Nobel Prizes for science have ever been awarded to women. (UNESCO Science Report: towards 2030 (2021))

Women and girls represent almost half of the world’s population and, therefore, half of its potential. Engaging the perspectives from women and men alike, leads to more informed and creative solutions for social well-being and prosperity.

It is important for us to share and celebrate the achievements of these women, in the hope of raising aspirations and confidence for other women in the future.

The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it – Kalpana Chawla.

Kalpana Chawla, the first woman of Indian origin to go to space, finds a special place in our hearts and a role model for her determination, grit, courage and belief in passion and the desire to achieve one’s dreams. Not only did she achieve her dreams but she also led her life with the highest sense of values and purpose in every respect.

On the occasion of 60th Birth Anniversary of Kalpana Chawla, SIF constitutes the Kalpana Chawla Awards-2022 for the women achievers across UAE in the following categories:

  • Science & Technology
  • Entrepreneurs and Industry
  • Arts and Sports
  • Academics

Our awards showcase the remarkable accomplishments of women across UAE and will inspire future generations

Dr. Zulekha Daud,

Chairperson of Organizing committee,

Kalpana Chawla Awards 2022.


“Women need to be self-motivated as they are going to continue to face challenges in all personal and professional spaces. Any desire to change anything in their lives must be driven by their own commitment and courage. Find your dream and pursue it – Nothing must stop you as you are blessed with the capabilities that no human can take away. I have faced a lot of challenges personally and professionally. I always refer to a challenge as an ‘opportunity’. The moment of truth is when you take that important decision when you have to quit or go on. Experiences will help you make the right decisions. Experiences make women strong and enable the strength they need, to go on”

Call for Nomination for Awards

The Nomination Period is 17th March -17th April 2022.

  • Nominations must be submitted using the nomination form accessed here.
  • The main element of the nomination is the write-up about the nominees outstanding contributions and file size should be less than 3MB.
  • Nominee must be a resident of UAE and atleast 30 years of age while filing for nomination.
  • A nominee can apply only in one category.
  • Nominations may be prepared by the proposed nominee themselves (self-nomination) or by another person,organization or association.
  • In case of nomination from other individuals/organizations/ associations, Multiple nominations are allowed.
  • For any further information, please email to