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

Call for Applications

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.

Please note that the OWSD PhD Fellowships applications are collected through an online system only, hosted by TWAS online forms.


Please find here below all the information you need to prepare your application. Please read it carefully and make sure you prepare all the documents you will have to upload when the application system is online.

The official language for the application is English.


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:

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

Fellowship support

Candidates can choose between two study schemes:

  • a full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the
  • a 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

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.

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Domestic Agribusiness Scholarships in 2021

If you are passionate about economic, political, environmental, and social issues affecting global food systems, consider a postgraduate degree in Global Food and Agricultural Business at the University of Adelaide.

For all intakes in 2021, University of Adelaide alumni have the opportunity to receive a 50% discount on their tuition*, while other domestic applicants can receive a 20% discount*. This is the best possible time to upgrade your qualifications or make the shift into the growing and vital sector of agribusiness.

The Centre for Global Food and Resources (CGFAR) is establishing a Scholarship for Australian Full-fee paying students commencing the following programs in 2021:

*To see if you meet the eligibility criteria and to see the scholarship rules, refer to Scholarship terms and conditions.

This is a great opportunity for you to develop the conceptual and practical skills necessary for agribusiness management in an increasingly complex global food and agricultural marketplace. Whether you are interested in the public or private sector, the program opens up a broad range of possible career paths. This includes agribusiness enterprises large and small, government departments, research centres, international funding agencies, agricultural consultancy services, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

  • Training much needed future leaders in Global Food and Agriculture
  • Accessible price point, particularly through a time of uncertainty
  • Flexible learning modes utilised to better suit students’ needs
  • Supporting life-long employability

To find out more go to the program page or contact

PHD POSITION – Pest and disease modelling in grain cropping systems

Understanding pest and disease dynamics within farming systems and the ability to relate incidence and seasonal conditions to grain yield loss is a clear and present challenge for the agricultural science community. Currently, management of many pests, diseases and weeds in crops relies on an estimated economic damage threshold. The threshold is used to help identify when a pest population should be reduced to prevent yield loss.

However, this approach does not consider the environment, the timing of pest control in relation to crop development, the pest lifecycle or the economic cost to future crops. Further, in many farming systems, the decision to control a pest or disease outbreak is required before the economic threshold is reached, in which case identifying and forecasting drivers for epidemics can support and improve the outcomes of pest and disease control decisions.

In contrast to traditional reactive approaches, this project will develop a proactive forecasting approach, providing end-users with the ability to plan and holistically manage pest populations well before any economic damage thresholds are attained.


The successful applicant will be awarded with a Commonwealth RTP scholarship valued at approximately $27,500 AUD/year (tax-free) for 3.5 years.


  • The candidate must have an Honours Class 1 or equivalent and an IELTS score of 6.5 or greater.
  • The candidate will be required to relocate to Brisbane, Australia, for the duration of the PhD.

Questions may be directed to:

Dr Matthew Harrison
Senior Scientist
Tasmanian Institute for Agriculture,
University of Tasmania

Additional information on the project can be found here.