OWSD Early Career Fellowship for Women in Science and Technology (Fully Funded)

Fellowship in Applied Science , in Engineering , in Mathematics , in Natural Science , in Technology
  • Russia
  • Apply Before : April 27, 2023

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 1702
  • Degree Research
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 3 Years
  • Gender Female
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World-OWSD Early Career Fellowship applications are now open to early-career female scientists. This fellowship program is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000 for women who have accomplished their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Also, applicants employed at scientific or academic research institutions in Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) can apply.

The OWSD Early Career Fellowship supports fellows to establish environments at their institutions with an international standard of research and the potential to attract scholars from worldwide to collaborate.

The fellowship program supports early-career women in science to lead important research projects in countries significantly lacking scientific and technological resources. The fellows will commence their research projects in one of the eligible countries. Applicants should demonstrate at least five years of total living in that country to be eligible. An employment assurance at the institution where fellows intend to conduct the research is necessary.

Fellows will build leadership and management skills during the 3-year Fellowship. Fellows will also learn to effectively deliver their research to various audiences by improving communication and outreach skills. Moreover, they will connect with many public and private sector partners to potentially adapt their research into marketable products. Thus, attracting new potential funders and collaborators to ensure the sustainability of the research project is possible.

Important Dates and Details

  • Provider: Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
  • Deadline for Application: 27 APRIL 2023 (23:59 Rome time)
  • Result Notification: September 2023
  • Fellowship Start Date: Early 2023
  • Location: Eligible Developing Countries Lagging in Science and Technology
  • Eligible Countries:
    • Asia and the Pacific: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
    • Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Rep., Congo, Dem. Rep. of the Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Kingdom of, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    • Arab region: Djibouti, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip), Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen
    • Latin America and the Caribbean: Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay


OWSD Early Career Fellowship Benefits

  • The OWSD Early Career Fellowship lasts three years and provides up to USD 50,000 in support. Please note that the program does not provide for the fellow’s salary.
  • The Fellowship involves an advance payment, expense compensations, and disbursements at regular intervals.
  • Support for direct procurement done by the OWSD Secretariat on behalf of fellows only for purchases more than USD 4,500.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of eligible expenses to help with the development of fellows’ applications:

Research-Related Costs

  • Equipment such as necessary equipment to set up research units or labs, training equipment, and maintenance of equipment;
  • Consumables, including expendable supplies like glassware, solvents, feed, and reagents
  • Research visits, exchanges, and programs costs such as international scientific meetings, hosting visiting scholars, establishing a visiting scholars program, hosting scientific events like seminar series and international symposiums, or organizing exchange programs with national or international scholars
  • Teaching and assistance include teaching assistants, family care assistance, and extra assistance based on the applicant’s needs.
  • Fieldwork, publication costs, IT facilities, and training costs
  • Extra charges include monitoring and evaluation costs, rent paid for land or premises of research activity, etcetera.

 Linking with Industries and Partners Supports

  • Travel, board, and lodging costs for visiting companies and private sector
  • Patent, prototype, and intellectual Property costs product development
  • Technology transfer
  • Licensing costs
  • Related expenses of research-to-product
  • Training such as understanding or developing IP and patents, research-to-product training, etcetera
  • Scaling up of teaching programs or training the trainers
  • Please download a list of appropriate industry, private or civic partners for collaboration.

Outreach, Networking, and Communication Costs

  • Website development
  • Communications materials such as flyers and posters
  • Dissemination, such as the development of a stakeholder’s contact database for information sharing
  • Development of an online community or forum, linking with OWSD members, National Chapters, and science academies
  • Establishing a mentoring program with industry partners
  • Translation of project-related documents
  • Social media and language course training necessary for communicating research
  • Other costs required to undertake outreach activities
  • Please download a list of the above eligible expenses here.

OWSD Provided Additional Supports

OSD will provide two training workshops per Fellowship on leadership, managing the grant, outreach, and entrepreneurial skills.

  • The first workshop will occur in Trieste, Italy, after the Fellowship awarding
  • The second workshop will be towards the end of the second year of the Fellowship.

Eligibility Criteria for OWSD Early Career Fellowship

Fellows should meet the following requirements to apply for this opportunity:

Eligible Countries

  • Five years of non-consecutive residency in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries(STLCs) is necessary.
  • Applicants can hold citizenship of any country but must fulfill the above residence requirement.

Eligible employment

  • Applicants must be employees at the university or research institute where they intend to undertake a research project. Applicants who have not started their employment should provide proof of employment
  • The institution where the applicant will carry out the project must be in one of the listed STLCs.
  • Evidence that the applicant will receive a salary from their university or research institute for the three-year Fellowship is necessary.

Eligible STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Astronomy, Space, and Earth Sciences
  • Biological Systems and Organisms
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Neurosciences
  • Physics
  • Structural, Cell, and Molecular Biology

Eligible Academic Qualification

  • Ph.D. in one of the above-listed study fields awarded not more than ten years before application.

Required Documents

Applicants must prepare and submit the following required documents to be eligible for the Fellowship:

  • Passport
  • Passport size portrait picture
  • Proof of residence
  • Ph.D. Certificate
  • Proof of employment
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Reference Letters
  • Supporting statement of the head of the applicant’s institution (use this template)
  • Budget file
  • Additional Document
  • The applicant might want to submit additional documents proving the abilities, qualities, or actions described in the research project (e.g., certificate of awards, memberships, etcetera.)

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How to Apply for the OWSD Early Career Fellowship?

The applicants must submit all the required documents along with their application online.


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Evaluation Criteria

Applications should meet the following requirements for the research proposal and applicant’s profile:

Research proposal

  • Problem identified
  • Feasibility
  • Context
  • Collaborations and networking
  • Linking with industry and other sectors
  • Impact
  • Inclusiveness
  • Sustainability
  • Ethical, environmental, and risk factors

Applicant’s Profile

  • Scientific excellence
  • Leadership skills
  • Outreach skills

Selection Procedure of the OWSD Early Career Fellowship

The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is for research that will obviously impact the local, national, or regional community.

  • A panel of famous scientists in STEM subjects who know the challenges facing women scientists from developing countries will review all applications. OWSD will assign the Committee Members and will chair the selection meeting.
  • The Selection Committee’s decision is final, with no further appeal. There is no possibility of contested or subject to explanation or justification. The Committee will not provide any individual feedback for applicants.
  • Successful candidates will receive notification by September 2023 for the expected three-year fellowship duration from the date of contract signing (end 2023). The program duration is not extendable.

Important Notes:

  • Awardees will have two weeks to confirm acceptance of the award from the time of notification of selection. Also, they should confirm personal details and provide Administering Institute’s banking documentation for the contract.
  • All selected applicants/ awardees will have 45 days to return all required documents signed and endorsed by the Administering Institute to the OWSD. Failure to do is the responsibility of the applicants.
  • Please inform the OWSD of additional/supplementary grants, funds, and bursaries awarded in connection with her research. Fellows should specify the grant’s donor, amount, duration, and purpose.

For more information about OWSD Early Career Fellowship, please visit the OWSD website.

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