OWSD Early Career Fellowship Programme 2024 (Up To $50,000)

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement Not required
  • Gender Female
  • Level Research
  • Eligible Region/Countries

    Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs)

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  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Field of study STEM
  • Opportunity ID 77275
  • Funding Type Partially Funded
  • Duration 2 Years

Opportunity Description

For women who have completed their doctorates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and work in academic or scientific research institutions in one of the designated Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs), the OWSD Early Career Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000.

The OWSD Early Career fellows receive support in setting up settings at their institutions where they can continue to conduct research at an international standard and draw in scholars from around the globe to collaborate.

To potentially turn their research into commercially viable products or ensure its impact on a larger scale, fellows will strengthen their leadership and management abilities for the two-year fellowship and cultivate relationships with a range of public and private sector partners. Fellows will learn how to effectively present their research to a variety of audiences and draw in new collaborators and potential funders to ensure the project’s long-term viability by honing their outreach and communication skills. OWSD is establishing a network of exceptional female scientists who can serve as mentors and role models for the upcoming generation of female STEM leaders by funding an increasing number of Early Career fellows.

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Brief Details:


  • The two-year OWSD Early Career Fellowship offers up to USD 50,000.
  • Please be aware that the fellow’s salary is dependent upon his or her institution and is not covered by the OWSD Early Career Fellowship.

The following requirements must be fulfilled for applicants to be eligible for the OWSD Early Career Fellowship:

  • Candidates must have lived in one of the designated Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) for at least five years. The five years do not have to follow one another.
  • Applicants must present documentation when applying to their employment status at the university or research facility where the study will be conducted. If work hasn’t started yet, proof of employment offer and confirmation of acceptance are needed.
  • The research project’s host institution must be located in one of the STLCs on the list.
  • For the two years of the fellowship, applicants must show proof that their university or research institute will pay them a salary.
  • PhD in one of the subjects mentioned below. The doctorate must have been granted no more than ten years before the application.

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

Note: Please click here for more details about the proposed research project.

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Selection Criteria:

The following standards will be used to evaluate the applications:

Research proposal

  • Problem identified
  • Feasibility
  • Context
  • Collaborations and networking
  • Linking with industry and other sectors
  • Impact
  • Inclusiveness
  • Sustainability
  • Ethical, environmental, and risk factors

Applicant’s profile

  • Scientific excellence
  • Leadership skills
  • Outreach skills

Documents Requirement:

Applicants must submit:

  • The passport
    • A digital image of the passport page with the individual’s personal information (picture, document number, etc.) is needed.
    • Passport-size photo of a portrait
  • Proof of residence:
    • Official records attest to a minimum of five years of residency in one of the qualifying STLCs. The following documents can be submitted as evidence of residency: a certificate of residency, a statement from the municipality or local police department, an office of population registration, a rental agreement, utility bills, and an employment contract, provided that the applicant’s name and address are visible. Other documents may be taken into consideration as this list is not all-inclusive.
    • You must include at least a loose translation into English for any supporting documents you are sending in your native tongue. No consideration will be given to documents lacking an English translation.
  • Ph.D. certificate
  • Proof of employment:
    • Kindly make use of the template, which is available for download here.
  • CV
  • Publications
  • 2 Reference letters
  • Supporting statement of head of the applicant’s institution
  • Budget file:
    • To conduct the research project, applicants must upload a standardized budget file in Excel format that includes all requested items and associated costs. The online application system will offer the file for download.
  • Extra supporting documentation
    • The applicant might want to submit extra paperwork (certificate of awards, memberships, etc.) attesting to abilities, traits, or behaviors mentioned in the research project.

Note: Every document needs to be uploaded using the online application process. Never send any documentation to OWSD via email.

How to Apply?

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