Associate Professor Musaya: It is possible as long as one works hard and focuses on reaching the goal
MLW’s Associate Director Janelisa Musaya recently won two awards under Wellcome Trust and Organization for Women in Science.
Here is the chat we had with her:
1. Tell us more about the awards that you have won.
Prof Russell Stothard from LSTM and I have won the Wellcome Investigators Award. Our title is “Hybridisation in urogenital schistosomiasis (HUGS): A 2-year longitudinal population study highlighting the transmission, epidemiological impact, and associated host morbidity of Schistosoma haematobium-hybrids in Malawi.” The Wellcome Investigator Award is important because it is a milestone for our young Neglected Tropical Diseases Group at MLW. This will help us grow as a research group under MLW.
I have also won the Organization of Women in Science in Developing World Early Career Fellowship (2020 OWSD Early Career (EC) Fellowship Programme). The title is “Mapping Trypanosomiasis cases in endemic Malawi sites (MapTryps)”.
2. What can you tell others who aspire to get this award?
It is possible as long as one works hard and focuses on reaching the goal. For the 2020 OWSD Early Career (EC) Fellowship Programme, it has been awarded to 21 people and it will be valid up to 2021.
The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000 offered to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs). The OWSD Early Career fellows are supported to establish environments at their institutions where they can maintain an international standard of research and attract scholars from all over the world to collaborate.
The Wellcome Investigator Awards enable independent researchers with a compelling research vision to tackle the most important questions in science. It is awarded to researchers who have a strong track record relative to your career stage of leading innovative and creative programmes of research, making important contributions to research, eg publications, patents, and impacts on policy securing research grant funding.
Congratulations, Associate Professor Musaya!