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OWSD 2020-2021 PhD Fellowships 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.

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:

  1. a full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
  2. a 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 the 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.

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About The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is an international non-profit organization based at the offices of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), in Trieste, Italy, a programme unit of UNESCO. OWSD was founded in 1987 and is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership. OWSD provides research training, career development and networking opportunities... read more


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Aim and Benefits of OWSD PhD Scholarship

Each fellowship will cover the following:

  1. A monthly allowance to cover basic living expenses such as accommodation and meals while in the host country
  2. A special allowance to attend international conferences during the period of the fellowship
  3. A return ticket from the home country to the host institute for the agreed research period
  4. Visa expenses
  5. Annual medical insurance contribution
  6. The opportunity to attend regional science communications workshops, on a competitive basis
  7. Study fees (including tuition and registration fees) in agreement with the chosen host institute which is also expected to contribute
  8. Travel expenses to and from the host institute

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.


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Requirements for OWSD PhD Scholarship Qualification

  1.  To be eligible, candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after completion of the fellowship.
  2. The minimum qualification is an MSc degree in one of the above listed study fields.

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Documents Required for Application

  1. PhD research proposal outline
  2. Degree certificates and transcripts
  3. Preliminary acceptance letter
  4. Letter of commitment
  5. Reference letters
  6. Passport, Supporting statement from home supervisor
  7. Curriculum Vitae. Candidates must submit their complete CV (including a list of publications, if available).


Application Deadline

March 31, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) on onlineforms.twas.org 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.

For more details, visit OWSD website


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