Ph.D. scholarships for female scientists from countries that are lagging behind in science and technology to carry out their Ph.D. research at an academic institution located in South Sudan.
Ph.D. Scholarships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries to conduct their Ph.D. research at an academic institution located in a country in the Global South are offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to carry out their doctoral research in natural sciences, engineering sciences, and information sciences and technologies, in an academic institution located in a country of the Global South.
Please note that, at the time of submitting the application, the applicant must not have an active scholarship from the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) or have applied to a program of that institution during the same year.
Only one application per year is possible for all TWAS and OWSD programs.
Applicants will not be eligible for TWAS “Visiting Professor” programs during the year they apply for the scholarship.
The only exception is for the Director or Head of an institution that has invited an external academic to share their experience within the framework of the TWAS “Visiting Professor” programs. Only this Director or Head of the inviting institution could apply to another program.
You can find a list of frequently asked questions at: https://owsd.net/frequent-questions-doctoral-scholarships-owsd. Please review this list of answers to frequently asked questions before submitting your questions to the OWSD Secretary.
PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM
The program is supported by funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and is offered in collaboration with host institutions throughout the developing world.
The general purpose of this scholarship program 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 OBJECTIVES OF THE DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM ARE
To improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for young and talented women with university degrees from countries that are lagging behind in science and technology.
Increase the scientific productivity and creativity of women scientists in countries that are lagging behind in science and technology.
Empower a new generation of talented women to take leadership roles in science and technology.
Encourage women scientists to contribute to the sustainable development of their countries of origin.
Enable women scientists from the South to collaborate and network regionally and internationally.
THE CANDIDATES CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN TWO STUDY SCHEMES
1. Full-time scholarship (maximum 4 years of funding), where the research is carried out entirely in an academic institution in a country of the Global South.
2. “Sandwich” scholarship, where the candidate -being a doctoral student registered in her country of origin- carries out part of her studies in an academic institution in another country of the Global South. The “sandwich” scholarship is awarded for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits to the host institution. The minimum duration of the first visit is 6 months. The total number of months spent at the host institution cannot exceed 20 months. The financing period cannot exceed 4 years.
OWSD encourages female candidates to particularly consider the “sandwich” option, as it allows them to pursue their doctorate in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and teams abroad at the host academic institution.
Scholarship financial support is only provided while the student is at the host institution.
COUNTRIES BEHIND IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ELIGIBLE FOR OWSD DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Due to scientific and economic changes in a number of developing countries, OWSD has intensified the focus of its program and has selected a group of countries in which science and technology are significantly lagging behind.
The immediate effect of this selection is that, since 2017, the OWSD Ph.D. Scholarships are open to female candidates from these countries that are lagging behind in science and technology.
b. El Salvador
Previously, the OWSD had a list of eligible countries that included all Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and additional countries in sub-Saharan Africa. With this new list, some countries are no longer considered low-income and are no longer eligible to receive scholarships.
WHAT IS THE OWSD?
The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is an international organization founded in 1987 and headquartered at the offices of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), in Trieste, Italy. It is a special programs unit of UNESCO.
The OWSD is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the aim of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership.
The OWSD provides research training, professional development, and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages of their careers.
Who awards the scholarship?
What benefits do the UNESCO – OWSD Ph.D. scholarships offer for women?
1. A monthly allowance to cover basic living expenses such as accommodation and meals while in the host country.
2. A modest annual grant, to be used at the student’s discretion, to cover expenses associated with her research.
3. A round-trip ticket from the country of origin to the host institution for the agreed research period.
4. Visa expenses to travel to the host country.
5. An annual contribution for medical insurance expenses.
6. The opportunity to attend regional workshops on science communication, on a competitive basis.
7. Study fees (tuition and academic fees) according to the chosen academic institution (which is also expected to contribute).
THE OWSD DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP DOES NOT COVER
a. Fees for use of facilities (for example, laboratories) and consumable materials.
b. Support for language training, before or during the scholarship program.
c. Shipping costs for research samples.
d. The purchase of a personal computer or software of any kind.
and. Support for family subsistence.
F. Additional tickets to travel to the country of origin for personal reasons.
What are the key dates?
Opening of the grant: February 2, 2023
Deadline to apply: April 15, 2023
Who do I ask about this scholarship?
Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +39 040 2240-492, -325, -682, -662
Fax: +39 040 2240-689
Campus ICTP Secretariat, Adriatico Guesthouse, 7th Floor, 34151 Trieste, Italy
For general and media inquiries, please contact: [email protected] owsd.net
Swedish Intentional Development Authority – SIDA
Address: 105 25, Stockholm, Sweden
Tel.:+46 (0)8 – 698 50 00 (phone)
Email: [email protected]