OWSD PhD Fellowships for Women from Developing Countries , and applications are submitted till 30 June 2017. Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is offering fellowships for women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC). The fellowships are awarded to pursue postgraduate studies leading to doctorate degree in all branches of the natural sciences at a centre of excellence (renowned research institutions/universities) in the South (developing countries) outside applicant’s home country. Each fellowship will be offered for up to three years. Full details:
School(Institutions/ Country): | South (developing countries)
Level: PhD Degree
Field(s): Applications are accepted from female scientists in all branches of the natural sciences. Eligible Scientific fields are Agricultural Sciences; Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biological Systems and Organisms; Medical and Health Sciences; Neurosciences; Chemical Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Information Technology; Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Physics. Please note that applications from students in the Basic (or ‘pure’) Sciences, such as Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are encouraged.
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Funded By: With funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), OWSD has instituted this fellowship programme.
Beneficiaries(Target Groups): OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships are targeted for women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo Dem. Rep., Congo Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kenya, Kiribati, Lao
People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Niger, Réunion, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Western Sahara, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
‣ Award No: not specified
‣ Scholarship Duration: Up to 4 years
‣ Scholarship covers: covers the following:
‣ 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 OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships 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.
‣ 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 degree in the natural sciences, engineering or information technology disciplines .
‣ 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.
‣ 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.
Selection Criteria for OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships
‣ The fellowships are highly competitive, and the selection will be based on scientific competence and merit.
‣ The applications will be reviewed by a panel of eminent scientists, appointed by the Executive Board of OWSD
Scholarship Application Method
‣ Please send your applications via email.
For details, please go to the relevant OWSD website: http://owsd.net/career-development/phd-fellowship
Country where tenable (by subset): OWSD countries
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).
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.
‣ Scholarship Application Due Date: Deadline for submission of applications is 30 June 2017
‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website
‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.