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Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is offering a postgraduate fellowship to women scientists who would like to pursue training leading to a doctorate degree in a field of the natural sciences. 

Programme Details

This fellowship programme is for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate training at a centre of excellence in the South outside their own country. The following information is important before you submit an application:

  1. Only women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and/or one of the Least Developed Countries can apply
  2. Host institutions must be located in a developing country
  3. Applications that are incomplete or illegible cannot be considered

The fellowship is offered to carry out postgraduate research in the natural, engineering and information technology sciences. Each fellowship will be offered for up to three years and will cover the following:

  • Travel to and from the host institute;
  • A monthly allowance to cover accommodation and meals while in the host country;
  • Study fees (including tuition and registration fees);
  • Visa expenses;
  • A yearly medical insurance contribution;
  • A lump sum allowance to attend international conferences during the period of the fellowship;
  • On a competitive basis, attending of scientific communication and proposal writing workshop; and
  • On a competitive basis, attending the Fifth OWSD General Assembly and International Conference scheduled for 2016.

An applicant who has already registered or who wishes to register as a PhD student at her home institute can choose a sandwich option, whereby part of the research programme is undertaken at a host institute in another developing country. In this case the fellowship provides support (travel, accommodation and living expenses) only while at the host institution. The minimum period abroad is six months. The fellowship does not provide support while the applicant is at the home institute.

Alternatively, an applicant can enroll as a full-time research student at an institution outside her country, in this case the fellowship will provide support (travel, accommodation and living expenses) for 3 years. The host institution will be expected to provide the necessary facilities such as tuition, training, supervision, laboratory supplies etc.

For more information about the fellowship programme and how to apply, please visit the OWSD International website.

Deadline for applications is 31 May 2016.