The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is for two years and provides up to USD 50,000.
Please note that the OWSD Early Career Fellowship does not provide for the fellow’s salary which must be guaranteed by the fellow’s institution.
The fellow’s institution must waive any overhead or indirect costs on the research project. However, applicants can include in their budget break-down any costs for support from the institution that will directly benefit the research project (for example, lab technician’s time, maintenance and utilities costs, administrative officer’s time, etc.).
The eligible expenses are listed below.
a) Research-related costs
- Necessary equipment to build up research units or set up a lab
- Training in use of equipment
- Maintenance of equipment
- Expendable supplies that will be consumed or replaced (e.g. glassware, solvents, feed, reagents)
Research visits, exchanges and programmes
- Attendance at international scientific meetings (e.g. travel, accommodation, meals, registration, visa)
- Hosting visiting scholars and/or establishing a visiting scholars programme
- Organizing and hosting scientific events (e.g. seminar series, international symposium, themed workshops, regional and itnernational conferences)
- Organizing exchange programmes with national/international scholars
Teaching and Assistance
- MSc, PhD, Post doctoral researchers
- Research assistants (e.g. to gather information and data)
- Teaching assistants
- Family care assistance (e.g. childcare costs in order for fellow to undertake research project, travel support for family members)
- Other assistant (based on applicant’s needs, e.g. casual labour)
- Transportation (e.g. car rental, public transport, airfare)
- Board and lodging
- Sample collection and analysis
- Hospitality fees (e.g. dinner with research partners in the field)
Publication costs (e.g. in peer-reviewed journals, open source)
- Subscriptions (e.g. journal, library)
- Literature (e.g. books, reprints, photocopies)
- Library resources
- Computer hardware
- Computer software
- Computer services (internet connections, technical support, database development)
- Science communication (e.g. writing for publication, presentation skills)
- English language courses (for improved science communication)
- Specialist courses for team leader and project staff or group training sessions (e.g. long-distance learning)
- Monitoring and evaluation costs (to measure the impact of the research project)
- Rent paid for land or premises used in a research activity
- Any other support costs directly related to the research project (for example, lab technician’s time, maintenance and utilities costs, administrative officer’s time, etc.)
b) Linking with industry and other partners
- Visits to companies, private sector (e.g. travel, board and lodging costs)
- Product development (e.g. patent, prototype, Intellectual Property costs)
- Technology transfer
- Licensing costs
- Research-to-product related expenses
- Training (e.g. understanding/developing IP and patents, research-to-product training, communicating with industry, business, management and marketing skills)
- Scaling up of teaching programmes and/or ‘training the trainers’ (e.g. offering specialist courses at PhD level to ensure level of training in given discipline is adequate)
A downloadable list of appropriate industry, private or civic partners for collaboration is available here.
c) Outreach, communication and networking
- Website development
- Communications materials (e.g. flyers, posters)
- Dissemination (e.g. development of stakeholders contact database for information sharing)
- Networking (e.g. development of online community/forum, linking with OWSD members and National Chapters, science academies)
- Mentoring (e.g. establishing a mentoring programme with partners in industry)
- Translation of project-related documents
- Training (e.g. social media, language courses necessary for communicating research)
- Other costs needed to undertake outreach activities
A downloadable list of the above eligible expenses is available here.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive. In addition, selection for a fellowship does not imply that all costs requested will be automatically granted. The Selection Committee will evaluate each expense requested in the proposed budget and take a final decision on related costs to be awarded.
Additional support provided by OWSD:
Two training workshops per fellowship on managing the grant, leadership, outreach and entrepreneurial skills.
- The first workshop (held in September of the first year of the fellowship in Trieste, Italy) will establish communication and networking between fellows and provide guidance on how to set up a lab, manage a research group and link with industry. Fellows will present their research projects and work plans and receive feedback.
- The second workshop (held in held towards the end of the second year of the fellowship) will provide feedback on the fellows’ work during the first year and discuss the best ways to ensure the research project is sustainable beyond the duration of the fellowship. This workshop will be hosted by one of the four OWSD regions, possibly by an appropriate OWSD national chapter or national academy.