OWSD Early Career Women Scientists Fellowship Programme

OWSD Early Career Women Scientists Fellowship Programme

Applications are now open for the 2024 OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship Programme.

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 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.


To be eligible to apply for the OWSD Early Career 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. The 5 years do not have to be consecutive.

  • Applicants can be citizens of any country, provided that the above residence requirement is fulfilled.

    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 STLCs.

  • Applicants must provide evidence that they will
    receive a salary from their university/research institute for the duration of the two-year fellowship.

    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

  • Research project proposals from other fields (social science, education, etc.) are not eligible and will not be taken into consideration.

    Eligible academic qualification

  • PhD in one of the above listed study fields.

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

    Fellowship Support

    The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is for two years and provides 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 direct 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 initials:

  • An inital advance payment of 33% percent of the total grant value

  • Reimbursements of expenses made with funds advanced by the Administering Institute

  • Support for direct procurement done by the OWSD Secretariat on fellows’ behalf (only for purchases above USD 4,500)

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; OWSD Early Career Women Scientists Fellowship Programme

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