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 the South.
The 2018 Call for Applications is open.
The programme is administered with funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is offered in partnership with host institutes throughout the developing world.
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.
The specific aims of the fellowship programme are:
Candidates can choose between two study schemes:
The fellowship support is only provided while the student is on site, at the host institute.
The OWSD fellowship covers:
The OWSD fellowship does not cover:
1. Candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after completion of the fellowship.
2. Eligible countries
The list of eligible countries is also available here.
Bangladesh Benin Bhutan Bolivia Burkina Faso Burundi
Cambodia Cameroon Central African Rep. Chad Comoros Congo Côte d’Ivoire
Dem Rep. Congo Djibouti
El Salvador Eritrea Ethiopia Equatorial Guinea Gambia Ghana Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau
Lao People’s Dem Rep. Lesotho Liberia
Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mongolia Mozambique Myanmar
Nepal Nicaragua Niger
Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip) Paraguay Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe Senegal 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
4. Eligible academic qualification
The minimum qualification is an MSc degree in one of the above listed study fields.
5. Eligible host institutes
Required documents for application
We strongly encourage eligible applicants to start gathering all requested documentation as soon as possible; sometimes it takes weeks to receive all relevant letters.
1. PhD research proposal outline
2. Degree certificates and transcripts
Candidates must submit copies of:
3. Curriculum Vitae
Candidates must submit their complete CV (including a list of publications, if available).
4. Preliminary acceptance letter
Candidates must submit a preliminary acceptance letter from at least one host institute.
5. Letter of commitment
Candidates must submit a letter of commitment from the prospective host supervisor confirming that the host institute has the resources (e.g. bench fees, laboratory equipment) required to undertake the project.
6. Reference letters
Candidates must submit two reference letters from senior scientists familiar with their work.
Candidates must submit a scanned copy of the passport page, which contains personal details (photo, document number etc.).
Candidates applying for a SANDWICH study scheme must, in addition, submit also the following documents:
8. Registration and No objection certificate
9. Supporting statement from home supervisor
Sandwich candidates must submit a supporting statement, prepared and signed by the home supervisor on letter-headed paper. The supervisor should:
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).
The fellowships are highly competitive and selection is based on scientific competence and merit. The candidate’s project proposal is given particular attention.
The applications will be reviewed by a panel of eminent scientists, appointed and chaired by OWSD.
The Selection Committee’s decision is final and without appeal. It cannot be contested or subject to explanation or justification.
Only selected applicants will be notified.
If selected for an OWSD fellowship, kindly note that OWSD must be informed by the awardee of additional/supplementary grants, funds and bursaries that have been awarded in connection with her PhD research programme, specifying the donor, amount, duration and purpose of the grant (which costs are meant to be covered). Any breach of this rule could lead OWSD to cancel the fellowship. If the awardee is recipient of a significant grant, OWSD may decide to reduce the fellowship support accordingly.