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Dear TWAS Young Affiliate,

We are happy to announce that the Call for Applications for the 2018 OWSD PhD Fellowships for women scientists in the developing world is NOW OPENWe would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about this opportunity to your networks and to anyone you think could benefit. 

This 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.

Costs covered include travel to the host country, tuition fees, board, accommodation and living expenses, and a special allowance for travel to international conferences. 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.

Two types of fellowship are available:

  • full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
  • 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 sandwich fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits at the host institute. OWSD particularly encourages candidates to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment abroad, at the host institute.

A list of the eligible countries for this fellowship is attached here, along with some posters which can be printed and distributed at your institutes, or sent digitally.  We are also attaching some tips for successful applications. Again, we greatly appreciate your help in distributing this Call for Applications .

All information regarding the fellowship, including full eligibility and selection criteria, required application materials, and the link to the application form, can be found on the OWSD website at:

The deadline for applications for this fellowship is June 1, 2018.

Questions regarding the fellowship may be sent to Please do not reply to this email with questions.


OWSD Secretariat

OWSD Eligible Countries 2018

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