UNESCO and OWSD Early Career Fellowship [USD 50,000]

The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) in partnership with UNESCO and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates to enrol in OWSD Early Career Fellowship to supports early career women scientists.

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).


  • Fellowship Sponsor(s): OWSD, UNESCO & IDRC
  • Host Institution(s): OWSD
  • Funding Amount: USD 50,000
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: PhD
  • Nationality: All Nationalities

Also Apply: British Academy International Fellowships 2024 [Fully Funded]

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are expected to fulfil the following requirements for the OWSD Early Career Fellowship:

  • 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.
  • 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

Equally Apply: Harvard Fellowship Programme for South Africans 2024

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: To participate in the OWSD Early Career Fellowship, interested candidates are expected to fill and submit the application form online. All documents must be uploaded through the online application system. Do not email any documentation to OWSD.

Applicants must submit:

  • Passport
  • Proof of residence
  • PhD certificate
  • Proof of employment
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publications
  • Reference letters
  • Supporting statement of head of applicant’s institution
  • Budget file
  • Additional documentation

Application Deadline: March 14, 2024

Visit the Official Website for Further Details

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