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OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists 2015

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Brief description: Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women is offered for women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South for research in Natural sciences related fields 2012

Accepted Subject Areas?

Fields related to Natural Sciences

About Scholarship

With funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Organisation For Women In Science For The Developing World OWSD has instituted a fellowship programme for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a Ph.D., at centres of excellence in the South (developing countries), outside their own country.

The postgraduate training Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Sub-saharan African and Least Developing Countries to pursue postgraduate research leading to doctoral degree in a field of the natural sciences.

The general purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified

Scholarship Type: Postgraduate research fellowship for women

By what Criteria is Selection Made?

  • Please read the following information carefully before applying.
  • The fellowships are highly competitive, and the selection will be based on scientific competence and merit.
  • The applications will be reviewed by a panel of eminent scientists, appointed by the Executive Board of OWSD.
  • Only women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and/or one of the Least Developed Countries can apply.
  • Host institutions must be located in a developing country.
  • Applications that are incomplete or illegible cannot be considered. Please make sure all the requested enclosures are submitted together with your application.

Who is qualified to apply?

The fellowships are open to qualified young women science graduates (generally below 40 years of age) from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or LDCs.

The minimum qualification of applicants is an M.Sc. degree (or equivalent), or an outstanding B.Sc. honours degree, in the natural sciences.

The institute must be in a developing country other than the applicant's home country.

How Many Scholarship Positions are available? Several

What are the benefits?

Scholarship will cover travel expenses, a modest monthly living allowance, the amount of which will be determined in consultation with the host institution.

How long will sponsorship last? Each fellowship will be offered for three years

Eligible Countries

Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries

To be taken at (country): Developing Countries

Application Deadline: 31 July 2015.

Offered annually? Yes

How to Apply

Visit scholarship webpage for details

Sponsors: The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Organisation For Women In Science For The Developing World OWSD

Important Notes: An applicant 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.

The applicant must be willing to return to her own country after completion of the fellowship.


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