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OWSD PhD Fellowships 2021/ 2022 for Women Scientists

OWSD PhD Fellowships 2021/ 2022 for Women Scientists

TWAS, in association with OWSD is offering a fellowship program to support doctorate (PhD) studies to Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries, who are interested in Maths science degrees.

Application Deadline: 15th April 2021

Eligible Countries: Developing countries

To be taken at (country): The award will give nominated students the opportunity to study in centres of excellence in the developing world, and help educate the next generation of mathematicians thereby advancing science in the home countries of those chosen for the fellowship.

Fields of Study:

01-Agricultural Sciences

02-Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology

03-Biological Systems and Organisms

04-Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences

05-Chemical Sciences

06-Engineering Sciences

08-Mathematical Sciences


About the Award: The “South to South PhD Training” fellowships for 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. The fellowships are to be held at a centre of excellence in a developing country outside the applicant’s own country.

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 a 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.

Type: Postgraduate (Doctorate)

Eligibility: To be eligible, candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after the completion of the fellowship.

The minimum qualification is an MSc degree in one of the above-listed study fields.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Each fellowship will cover the following:

  • 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
  • Travel expenses to and from the host institute

Duration of Award: up to four years

How to Apply: 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.

  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage (see link below) before applying.


Visit the official website for more details.

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