2016 OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowship for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and least Developed Countries

12:18 PM 2016

The Fellowship is offered to women scientists to pursue postgraduate research in a field of the natural sciences.

This fellowship programme is for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a doctorate degree at a centre of excellence in the South outside their own country.
With funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), OWSD has instituted a fellowship programme for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a PhD, at centres of excellence in the South (developing countries), outside their own 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.


Travel to and from the host institute;
A monthly allowance to cover accommodation and meals while in the host country;
Study fees (including tuition and registration fees);
Visa expenses;
A yearly medical insurance contribution;
A lump sum allowance to attend international conferences during the period of the fellowship;
On a competitive basis, attending of scientific communication and proposal writing workshop; and
On a competitive basis, attending the Fifth OWSD General Assembly and International Conference scheduled for 2016.


Open to qualified women science graduates from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (see list below).
If applicants are over 40 years of age, they should include a brief explanation of why their research career has been delayed.
The minimum qualification is an MSc degree (or equivalent), or an outstanding BSc honours degreein the natural sciences, engineering or information technology disciplines (see list below).

Host institutions must be located in a developing country. This must be a different country from the applicant’s home country.

Applicants must provide a preliminary acceptance letter from at least one host institute. The letter must be prepared based on the sample on page 10 and be signed by the head of department, potential host supervisor or postgraduate studies coordinator.
The application will be evaluated more favorably if the preliminary acceptance letter is supported by aletter of commitment from the prospective host supervisor, describing why the host institute is appropriate for the subject of study and confirming the supervisor’s interest in working with the student.

Students from eligible countries already enrolled on a PhD programme in their home country can apply for the sandwich option. This gives them access to expertise and resources that might not be available at the home institute.

Applicants already on site in the host country will not be considered eligible since this implies that they have already secured sufficient funding for their studies.
The applicant must be willing to return to her own country after completion of the fellowship.

Accompanying persons are not eligible for support.
Deadline: May 31, 2016


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