OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women from Developing Countries, 2017

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Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is offering fellowships for women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC). The fellowships are awarded to pursue postgraduate studies leading to a doctorate degree in all branches of the natural sciences at a centre of excellence (renowned research institutions/universities) in the South (developing countries) outside applicant’s home country.

The general purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries.

The specific aims of the scheme are to improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for young and talented women graduates from Sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs, to increase the scientific productivity and creativity of women scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs and to empower a new generation of talented women to assume a leadership role in science and technology and their application to sustainable development.

Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing postgraduate studies leading to a doctorate degree at a centre of excellence (renowned research institutions/universities) in the South (developing countries) outside applicant’s home country.

Study Subject(s): Applications are accepted from female scientists in all branches of the natural sciences. 

  • 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
  • Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology

Scholarship Award:

The OWSD fellowship covers:

  • A monthly allowance to cover basic living expenses such as accommodation and meals while in the host country
  • A special allowance to attend international conferences during the period of the fellowship
  • A return ticket from the home country to the host institute for the agreed research period
  • Visa expenses
  • Annual medical insurance contribution
  • The opportunity to attend regional science communications workshops, on a competitive basis
  • Study fees (including tuition and registration fees) in agreement with the chosen host institute which is also expected to contribute

The OWSD fellowship does not cover:

  • Bench fees and consumables
  • Support for language training, either before or during the fellowship programme
  • Costs for personal computer or software purchase
  • Support for family members
  • Additional return tickets to the home country for personal reasons

Scholarship can be taken  in South (developing countries), outside their own country

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after completion of the fellowship.
  • The minimum qualification is an MSc degree in one of the above listed study fields.
  • Eligible host institutes
    • Host institutes must be located in a developing country in the South (not the candidate’s home country).
    • A list of recommended institutes is available.
    • Other institutes, not included in the link above, will also be considered if they demonstrate appropriate resources and expertise.
    • Candidates should identify a host institute outside their home country. They can identify a further two host institutes if desired.
    • Candidates who are already on site in the host country will not usually be considered eligible.

Nationality: Fellowship is awarded to women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries.

List of Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo Dem. Rep., Congo Rep., Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kenya, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Niger, Réunion, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uganda, Western Sahara, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 How to Apply: They strongly encourage eligible applicants to start gathering all requested documentation as soon as possible; sometimes it takes weeks to receive all relevant letters.

  • PhD research proposal outline
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Preliminary acceptance letter
  • Letter of commitment
  • Reference letters
  • Passport
  • Registration and No objection certificate
  • Supporting statement from home supervisor

The online application system will only accept applications complete in all parts, including the required documents. All documents must be uploaded through the online application system. Do not email any document to OWSD unless requested. The OWSD Secretariat reserves the right to judge an application ineligible if the answers and/or documentation do not correspond to the specific question asked (e.g. blank documents, false certificates, outdated reference letters).

Application Form

Application Deadline: Deadline for submission of applications is June 19, 2017.

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