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ear OWSD Network,

We are pleased to inform you that the 2020 Call for Applications for the OWSD PhD Fellowship is now open. We kindly ask your help in sharing this opportunity with anyone in your networks who could benefit from the Fellowship. 

The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries to undertake PhD research in the natural, engineering and information technology sciences at a host institute in another country in the Global South.

Costs covered include travel to the host country, tuition fees, board, accommodation and living expenses, and a special allowance for travel to international conferences. 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.

Two types of fellowship are available:
  • 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. 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 full Call for Applications is attached here. A list of the eligible countries for this fellowship is also attached, along with a poster which can be printed and distributed at your institutes or sent digitally.  We are also attaching some tips for successful applications. We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about this opportunity to your networks and to anyone you think could benefit.


All information regarding the fellowship, including full eligibility and selection criteria, required application materials, and the link to the application form, can be found on the OWSD website at:



The deadline for applications for this fellowship is March 31, 2020.


Questions regarding the fellowship may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..