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
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.