OWSD: PhD Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries

Deadline: 19 June 2017

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is currently inviting applications for its PhD Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) with an aim 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.


  • To improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for young and talented women graduates from STLCs.
  • To increase the scientific productivity and creativity of women scientists in STLCs.
  • To empower a new generation of talented women to assume a leadership role in science and technology.
  • To encourage women scientists to contribute to the sustainable development of their home countries.
  • To enable women scientist from the South to collaborate and network on a regional and international level.


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

Eligible Scientific Fields

  • 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

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cong,  Côte d’Ivoire, Dem Rep. Congo, Djibouti, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua , Niger, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip), Paraguay, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka,  Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit Fellowships for Women.

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