New OWSD Fellowship for Early Career Women Scientists – Call for Applications

OWSD is very pleased to inform you that the Call for Applications for our new fellowships for Early Career Women Scientists is now open, and would like to ask for your assistance in distributing this announcement.

This Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000, generously provided by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) 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 eligible countries. ECWS fellows will be supported for two years to continue their research at an international level while based at their home institutes, to build up research groups that will attract international visitors, and to link with industry.

The fellowship provides funding for a wide range of expenses, including equipment, consumables, research visits, exchanges and programmes, teaching and assistance, information resources, product development and linking with industry, outreach, communications and networking, and other expenses. A full list of eligible expenses is available in the Call for Applications. Fellows will also take part in two training workshops on leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

The application must be submitted through our online system. The link to the online application will be available on the OWSD website by 30 June 2018. However, all details about the application and the required supporting documents are already available on our website. We recommend that applicants begin to prepare their project proposals and applications immediately.

The Call for Applications is available online at:

The deadline for completed online applications is 31 August 2018.

The official language for the application is English; all information about the programme will also be available in French shortly.

A short video about the fellowship and how it will benefit women scientists starting their careers can also be viewed here:, or on the OWSD website under the Call for Applications.

Please also find attached a poster which can be printed and posted. Again, we encourage you to share this opportunity with women scientists and others in your networks.

Questions about this fellowship can be sent to

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