The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World invites applications for PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries for 2018/2019 academic year.

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.

Worth of Award
Fellowship support
Candidates can choose between two study schemes:

  • full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
  • sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country.
    The sandwich fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits at the host institute. The minimum duration of the first visit is 6 months. The total number of months spent at the host institute cannot exceed 20 months. The funding period cannot exceed 4 years.
    OWSD particularly encourages candidates to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment abroad, at the host institute.

The fellowship support is only provided while the student is on site, at the host institute.

  • 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


  • Candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after completion of the fellowship.
  • 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.

Eligible countries
Afghanistan, Angola
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,
Haiti, Honduras
Kenya, Kiribati
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

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

4. Eligible academic qualification
The minimum qualification is an MSc degree in one of the above-listed study fields.
5. 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 here.
  • 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.

How to Apply

  • Apply online with all supporting documents.
    • 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).

Deadline: applications close 01 June 2018

Click here for more details and to apply

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