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The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000 offered to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and are employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs). The OWSD Early Career fellows are supported to establish environments at their institutions where they can maintain an international standard of research and attract scholars from all over the world to collaborate.
The OWSD Early Career fellowships programme is administered by OWSD with funds generously
provided by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.
The fellowship programme supports early career women scientists to lead important research
projects in those countries which have been identified as especially lacking in scientific and
technological resources.* The fellows will undertake their research projects in one of the eligible
countries and applicants must demonstrate that they have spent significant periods of time in that
country (at least 5 years in total). Applicants must also have a guarantee of employment at the
institution where they intend to carry out the research.
During the 3-year fellowship, fellows will build on their leadership and management skills, develop
connections with a variety of public and private sector partners to potentially convert their research
into marketable products or guarantee its impact on a broader scale. By improving their
communication and outreach skills, fellows will also learn to effectively present their research to
various audiences, thus attracting new collaborators and potential funders to ensure the
sustainability of the research project.
By supporting an increasing number of Early Career fellows, OWSD is creating a network of
outstanding women scientists who can provide mentorship and be role models for the next
generation of women leaders in STEM.
* as defined by the TWAS-OWSD Coordinating Committee
The OWSD Early Career fellowship is for three years and offers 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 fellowship entails an initial advance payment, disbursements at regular intervals,
reimbursements of expenses made with funds advanced by the Administering Institute, and also
support for direct procurement done by the OWSD Secretariat on fellows’ behalf (only for purchases
above USD 10,000).
Overhead and administrative costs are not eligible. If these costs are included, your application will
A non-exhaustive list of eligible expenses is presented below to help with development of your
To be eligible to apply for the OWSD Early Career fellowship applicants must meet the following
1. Eligible countries
Applicants must have been resident in one of the listed 66 Science and Technology Lagging
Countries (STLCs) for at least 5 years. The 5 years do not have to be consecutive.
Applicants can be citizens of any country, provided that the above residence requirement is
2. Eligible employment
- At the time of application, applicants must provide proof of being employed at the university
or research institute where the research project will be carried out. If employment has not
yet commenced, a proof of employment offer and confirmation of acceptance is required.
The institution where the research project will be carried out must be in one of the listed
- Applicants must provide evidence that they will receive a salary from their
university/research institute for the duration of the three-year fellowship.
3. 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
- Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
Research project proposals from other fields (social science, education, etc.) are not eligible and will
not be taken into consideration.
4. Eligible academic qualification
PhD in one of the above listed study fields.
- PhD awarded not more than 10 years prior to application.