Fully Funded OWSD PhD Fellowships 2022 Application Process

Written by David on February 15, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    All, Engineering, Engineering 3-2, Engineering-Related Technologies, Information Technology, Science
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

    Private sponsor
  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    ICTP Campus Adriatico Guesthouse, 7th Floor 34151 Trieste Italy

Women scientists from science- and technology-lagging countries (STLCs) are eligible to apply for the OWSD PhD Fellowship 2022-2023, which will fund PhD research in natural, engineering, and information technology sciences. This fellowship includes a monthly stipend, visa costs, and a contribution to annual medical insurance.The program is managed with substantial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and is given in partnership with guest groups around the developing world.

The program is run with generous funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is delivered in collaboration with host institutes around the world. The fellowship program’s overall goal is to support the development of a new generation of female leaders in science and technology, as well as their effective participation in their nations’ scientific and technological growth.

The fellowship program’s precise goals are as follows:

1. To improve young and brilliant women graduates from STLCs’ access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology.
2. To boost women scientists’ scientific output and innovation in STLCs.
3. To encourage a new generation of bright women to pursue careers in science and technology leadership.
4. To encourage women scientists to contribute to their native countries’ long-term development.
5. Facilitate regional and international collaboration and networking among women scientists from the South.

Candidates have the option of choosing between two study plans:

A four-year full-time fellowship in which the research is carried out exclusively at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
A sandwich fellowship requires the candidate to be enrolled as a Ph.D. student in her home country while also studying in a host institute in another developing country.
The sandwich fellowship covers a minimum of one and up to three research visits to the host institute. The initial visit should last at least 6 months. The total number of months you can spend at the host institute is limited to 20. The funding period cannot exceed 4 years.

The sandwich option, which permits applicants to acquire their Ph.D. in their home country while gaining access to specialised researchers and equipment at the host institute, is particularly encouraged by OWSD.


About The Host

OWSD is the world’s first worldwide organization dedicated to boosting the role of women scientists in the development process and increasing their participation in scientific and technology leadership.

Young women scientists in the South can benefit from OWSD’s career development and networking possibilities. OWSD has over 5,000 members and is dedicated to enhancing the quantity and quality of women scientists in underserved nations and regions. Applicants must have an MSc or PhD in a scientific discipline to become full members. Regional workshops and programs, as well as national chapters and international conferences, provide networking possibilities. OWSD offers an all-expenses-paid PhD fellowship program for dedicated young women scientists, as well as an annual awards program (supported by The Elsevier Foundation and in collaboration with TWAS) to reward and celebrate women scientists’ early career accomplishment.

The Organization for Women’s Scientific Development (OWSD) was founded in 1987 as the first international forum to bring together eminent women scientists from both the developing and developed worlds with the goal of strengthening their role in development and increasing their representation in scientific and technological leadership.

OWSD provides research training, career development, and networking opportunities for women scientists at all phases of their careers in the developing countries.


Scholarship Sponsor(s): Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
Scholarship Worth: Fully funded
Study Level: PhD
Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

Support for the OWSD PhD Fellowship is only available while the student is on site at the host institute.

The OWSD fellowship covers the following:

1. A monthly stipend to cover basic living expenses in the host country, such as lodging and meals.
2. A stipend for attending international conferences during the fellowship period
3. A return flight from the home nation to the host institute for the study time agreed upon.
4. The cost of the visa
5. Contribution to medical insurance each year
6. A competitive opportunity to attend regional science communication workshops.
7. Study fees (including tuition and registration fees) in accordance with the chosen host institute, which is required to contribute as well.


The following are not covered by the OWSD fellowship:

Bench fees and consumables are the first two items to consider.
2. Language training assistance, either before or during the fellowship program
3. Assistance with the shipment of study samples
4. Purchase of a personal computer or software
5. Assistance to family members
6. For personal reasons, additional return tickets to the home nation are required.


Eligibility for Scholarship

To be considered for an OWSD PhD Fellowship, applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. English is a required language.
2. Eligible Nations: A list of countries that are eligible can be found here.
3. A master’s degree in one of the above-mentioned disciplines of study is required.
4. The host institutes must be in a developing South Asian country (not the candidate’s home country).
5. Candidates must indicate their intention to return to their native country as soon as possible when the fellowship is completed.


Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • 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


The OWSD PhD Fellowships 2022 (Fully Funded) Application Process is open to to all international students


Application Procedure

To apply for this fellowship, please follow the steps below:

(1) Go to the web portal and fill out an application form.

(2) Make sure to include the following documents in your upload:

1. A research proposal for a Ph.D.
2. Transcripts and certificates of completion.
3. A curriculum vitae is a document that contains information on a person’s
4. At least one host institution’s preliminary acceptance letter.
5. The host university’s letter of engagement.
6. 2 letters of recommendation
7. Applicants must send a scanned copy of the passport page including their personal information (photo, document number etc.).
8. Candidates wishing to apply for a SANDWICH study scheme must also submit the following documents:
9. Registration and a certificate of no objection.
10. Home supervisor’s statement of support


Application Deadline
The application deadline forOWSD PhD Fellowships 2022 (Fully Funded) Application Process is April 15, 2022

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