The National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) in collaboration with RUFORUM is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the national Outstanding Young Scientist (OYS) award.  RUFORUM OYS award is designed to recognize and celebrate extraordinary contributions of young scientists (<40 years). The award is sponsored by RUFORUM to recognize substantial achievement and encourage the important work of young scientists and increase public awareness of their accomplishments. The awards are be bestowed for a wide variety of achievements, directed to the practical applications of Agriculture, Science, Technology, Innovation or engineering.

RUFORUM OYS are conducted annually to recognize outstanding Young Scientists from the country hosting the Annual General Meeting which this year will be held from 25 to 27 October, 2017 at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Annual General Meeting is being co-organised by the Government of Malawi and RUFORUM member Universities in Malawi i.e. Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mzuzu University, and University of Malawi (UNIMA). 

To facilitate smooth selection process, deserving scientists are requested to complete a form accessible from the NCST website and submit to the heads of their respective institutes (Vice Chancellor, Principal, Centre Directors) as advised by the Institute/University. The Institute/University shall constitute panel of judges and nominate best candidates to be considered at national level.  The following allocations will apply; LUANAR, MZUNI and MUST shall each submit five (5); UNIMA-CHANCO, UNIMA-COM, UNIMA-Polytechnic and UNIMA-KCN shall each submit three (3) nominations; and the following institutions DARS, ARET, FISHERIES RESEARCH, TEA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, ARET, and FRIM and such other institutes shall have three (3) nominations each. 


To be eligible for the award the scientist must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be Malawian nationals
  • Male or female young researchers no older than 40 years of age on 28th October 2017;
  • Have been instrumental in implementing a novel approach to solve problems

Overall, the ideal candidate must, through a combination of technical excellence, vision and leadership, have overcome obstacles to implement a novel solution that impacts people in a positive way.

How to apply

Applicants should complete and submit application forms to their institutional heads by Friday 29th September 2017, providing documentation suitable to demonstrate the depth, breadth, and impact of the work for which the nominator suggests recognition is appropriate, including reports, publications, project profiles, patents or etc. The application should be supported by letters from referees submitted on letterhead and include a description of the work for which the applicant’s name is being submitted; identification of any awards or recognition received for that work; an explanation of the nature and quality of the applicant’s work and its impact upon scientific research, the applicant’s field, and/or the broader world; and the referee’s relationship to the applicant. Download RUFORUM NCST OYS APPLICATION FORM Here

NOTE: The deadline for receiving nominations (from institutes/universities) is Wednesday 4th October, 2017. All late submissions will not be processed


The National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) will set up a scientific jury to assess and recommend the winners.


Two winners will be awarded USD1000 each and a certificate

For further enquiries, please contact us through the following address:

The Director General

National Commission for Science and Technology

Lingadzi House, City Centre

Private Bag B303

Lilongwe 3

Attention: Chief and Head of Technology Transfer (Mr. S.O. Mandala)


Tel: 01 771 550

Fax: 01 772431