OWSD Early Career Fellowship (USD 50000 available for funding)

The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50000 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. (Organisation for women in Science for the developing world – OWSD Early Career Fellowship (USD 50000 available for funding))

The OWSD Early Career Fellowship 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 2-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.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply for the OWSD Early Career Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. 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.

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

4. Eligible academic qualification

  • PhD in one of the above listed study fields.
  • PhD awarded not more than 10 years prior to application.

The 2024 Call for Applications is now open.

Deadline for submission of online applications: 14 March 2024 (at 23:59 Rome time)

All applications must be submitted online.

The official language for the application is English.

In order to help you prepare, the application is also available as a pdf for your reference only.

Please note that when you click on the budget template, it will not open automatically on your computer, but you should save it on your PC in order to open it.

If you are submitting any supporting documents (such as residency certificate, degree certificate, etc.) in your local language, you must attach at least an informal translation into English. Documents without any English translation will not be considered.

IMPORTANT: Please note that the duration of the 2024 OWSD Early Career Fellowships will be 24 months instead of 36 as in previous years.

However, candidates can still apply to the OWSD-Elsevier foundation awards (please note that previous OWSD-EF winners are also eligible).

If your questions are not answered in the information provided or in the FAQs, contact earlycareer@owsd.net. Please make sure to read carefully all the instructions provided. The Secretariat reserves the right to not provide feedback on information already available in the Call and the FAQs.

For More Information about OWSD Early Career Women Fellowship, Visit the OWSD Early Career’s official website

OWSD Early Career Fellowship

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