Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowships for Science and Techn…

­Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is offering Early Career Women Scientists Fellowships to women who have completed their PhDs. The ECWS fellowship is intended for research that will have a demonstrable impact on the local, national or regional community.

The ECWS fellowships programme is administered by OWSD with funds generously provided by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

The ECWS fellowship specific objectives are to empower ECWS fellows to lead important research projects with practical applications for low and middle income countries (LMICs), including through strengthening their collaboration with industry.

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.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Application Deadline: August 31, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are to women who have completed their PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
  • Study Subject: 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
  • Scholarship Award: The ECWS fellowship is for two years and provides up to USD 50,000 to enable fellows to maintain an international standard of research as well as initiate collaborations and partnerships with industry and the private sector.
  • Nationality: Applicants must have been resident in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) for at least 5 years.
  • Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
  • Scholarship can be taken at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs).

Who is Eligible? for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: Applicants must have been resident in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries(STLCs) for at least 5 years.

Afghanistan Liberia
Angola Madagascar
Bangladesh Malawi
Benin Mali
Bhutan Mauritania
Bolivia Mongolia
Burkina Faso Mozambique
Burundi Myanmar
Cambodia Nepal
Cameroon Nicaragua
Central African Rep. Niger
Chad Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip)
Comoros Paraguay
Congo Rwanda
Ivory Coast Sao Tome and Principe
Dem Rep. Congo Senegal
Djibouti Sierra Leone
El Salvador Solomon Islands
Equatorial Guinea Somalia
Ethiopia South Sudan
Gambia Sri Lanka
Ghana Sudan
Guatemala Swaziland
Guinea Tajikistan
Guinea-Bissau Tanzania
Haiti Timor-Leste
Honduras Togo
Kenya Tuvalu
Kiribati Uganda
Lao People’s Dem Rep. Vanuatu
Lesotho Zambia

Entrance Requirements: To be eligible to apply for the ECWS fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:

Eligible countries

  • Applicants must have been resident in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) for at least 5 years.
  • At the time of application, applicants must be already employed at the university or research institute where the project will be carried out.
  • This university/institute where the project will be carried out must be in one of the listed STLCs.

Please note this list may be subject to slight variation each year according to criteria established by our donor, IDRC, and in agreement with OWSD. Each year the list will be updated when the call for applications is opened.

Eligible academic qualification

PhD in one of the above listed study fields.

  • PhD awarded not more than 10 years prior to application.

English Language Requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: The documents listed below may take some weeks to prepare, especially when they require official signatures. We strongly encourage eligible applicants start gathering all requested documentation as soon as possible.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Passport
  • A scanned copy of the passport page containing personal details (photo, document number etc).
  • Passport-size portrait photo
  1. Proof of residence
  • Official documentation that proves residency for at least 5 years in the eligible STLC where the research will be undertaken (e.g. certificate of residency).
  1. PhD certificate
  • A scanned copy of the PhD certificate or proof of PhD issued by the University.
  1. Proof of employment
  • A letter from the employer (dean, vice-dean or equivalent head of the applicant’s institute) on headed paper confirming applicant’s position at the institute and that the applicant will receive a salary for at least two years starting from the year of application.
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  1. Publications
  • Complete list of publications.
  1. Reference letters
  • Applicants must submit two (2) reference letters; at least one must be from a senior scientist familiar with the applicant’s recent research.
  • The letters must include contact details for follow up from Selection Committee.
  1. Supporting statement of head of applicant’s institute
  1. Additional documentation
  • The applicant may wish to provide additional documents which provide evidence of skills, qualities or actions described in the research project (e.g. certificate of awards, memberships etc).

All documents must be uploaded through the online application system which will be activated by 30 June 2018. Do not email any documentation to OWSD.

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