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OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women from Developing Countries, 2020

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World  (OWSD) is pleased to announce the OWSD PhD Fellowships for the academic session 2020-21.

The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from science- and technology-lagging countries (STLCs) to undertake PhD research in the natural, engineering and information technology sciences at a host institute in another developing country in the Global South.

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The general purpose of the fellowship programme 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.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: Applications will open on February 3, 2020.
  • 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: 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 can be taken in South (developing countries), outside their own country

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible countries: The list of eligible countries is also available here.
  • Entrance Requirements: Candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after the completion of the fellowship.
  • Host institutes must be located in a developing country in the South
  • A list of recommended institutes is available here.
  • Candidates should identify a host institute outside their home country.
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Application Procedure:

  • 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 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 in agreement with the chosen host institute which is also expected to contribute.

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