OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists 999 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is offering PhD Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) for 2019. The fellowships enable the women scientists to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute in the South. These training fellowships for up to 4 years are for young female students to pursue postgraduate studies leading to a PhD at a host institution in a developing country other than their own home countries. The funds for the fellowship are provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Specifically, these fellowships aim to:

  • Improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for young and talented women graduates from STLCs
  • Increase the scientific productivity and creativity of women scientists in STLCs
  • Empower a new generation of talented women to assume a leadership role in science and technology
  • Encourage women scientists to contribute to the sustainable development of their home countries, and
  • Enable women scientists from the South to collaborate and network on a regional and international level.

Fellows can select 1 of 2 schemes:

  1. Full-time fellowship for postgraduate research at another institute in a developing country in the South that is outside the fellow’s home country, for up to 4 years; or
  2. A sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country. The sandwich fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits at the host institute. The minimum duration of the first visit is 6 months. The total number of months spent at the host institute cannot exceed 20 months and the funding period cannot exceed 4 years. OWSD particularly encourages candidates to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment abroad, at the host institute.


The OWSD fellowship provides for a monthly allowance to cover basic living expenses such as accommodation and meals in the host country and a special allowance to attend international conferences during the fellowship. It also covers a return ticket from the home country to the host institute, visa expenses, annual medical insurance and study fees (including tuition and registration fees). Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend regional science communications workshops.

The fellowship support is only provided while the student is on site, at the host institute.

The OWSD fellowship does not cover bench fees and consumables; support for language training, either before or during the fellowship programme; support for shipment of research samples; costs for personal computer or software purchase; support for family members; or additional return tickets to the home country for personal reasons.


Applicants must be from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) (see Official Website for eligible countries).

They must have at least a MSc degree in 1 of the following eligible fields of study: Agricultural Sciences; Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences; Biological Systems and Organisms; Chemical Sciences; Computing and Information Technology; Engineering Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Medical and Health Sciences; Neurosciences; Physics; and Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology.

The host institute where the applicant wishes to pursue her doctorate degree must be in a developing country other than her own and she must undertake to return to her own country after completion of the fellowship. The Official Website provides a list of recommended institutes, but other institutes will also be considered if they demonstrate appropriate resources and expertise.

Candidates who are already on site in the host country will not usually be considered eligible.

Applicants must not have an active research grant or fellowship with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) or have already submitted an application for a TWAS programme within the same given year. Only 1 application per year is possible across all TWAS and OWSD programmes. Applicants will not be eligible to visit another institution in that year under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes.

An exception is made for the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation awards. In addition, the head of an institution who invites an external scholar to share his/her expertise under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes may still apply for another programme.


Applications are to be done online by 30 May 2019.

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