Application Deadline: 15 April 2021

The Fellowship is offered to 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 programme is administered with funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and is offered in partnership with host institutes throughout the developing world.

The general purpose of the fellowship programme 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.

The specific aims of the fellowship programme are:

  • To improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for young and talented women graduates from STLCs.
  • To increase the scientific productivity and creativity of women scientists in STLCs.
  • To empower a new generation of talented women to assume a leadership role in science and technology.
  • To encourage women scientists to contribute to the sustainable development of their home countries.
  • To enable women scientist from the South to collaborate and network on a regional and international level.

Fellowship Support

Candidates can choose between two study schemes:

  1. Full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding).
  2. 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 OWSD Fellowship Covers:

  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.


1. Candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after completion of the fellowship.

2. Eligible countries

The list of eligible countries is available here.

3. Eligible Scientific Fields

  • 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

4. Eligible Academic Qualification

The minimum qualification is an MSc degree in one of the above listed study fields.


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