OWSD Early Career Fellowship 2023 for Women Scientists (up to $50,000)

Deadline: 27th of April, 2023

The OWSD Early Career Fellowship 2023 is now accepting applications. The fellowship program assists early-career women scientists in leading key research initiatives in countries that have been identified as having a particular paucity of scientific and technology resources.

The fellows will conduct their study in one of the qualifying nations, and candidates must show that they have spent substantial time in that country (at least 5 years overall). Candidates must also have a job offer from the institution where they intend to conduct the study.

Throughout the three-year fellowship, fellows will hone their leadership and management abilities, as well as form relationships with a range of public and private sector partners in order to potentially translate their research into marketable goods or ensure their success.


The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is for three years and provides up to $50,000.


  • 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 three-year fellowship.
  • PhD in one of the listed STEM fields. PhD awarded not more than 10 years prior to

Eligible STEM Fields:

  • 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

Research project proposals from other fields (social science, education, etc.) are not eligible and
will not be taken into consideration.


Applicants must submit:

  • Passport
    • A scanned copy of the passport page containing personal details (photo, document
      number etc).
    • Passport-size portrait photo
  • Proof of residence
    • Official documentation that proves residency for at least 5 years in one of the eligible
      STLCs. As long as the address and the name of the applicant appear clearly, the
      following documents can be submitted as proof of residence: certificate of residency,
      statement from the local police office or municipality, population registry office,
      rental agreement, utilities bills, employment contract. This list is not exhaustive and
      alternative documents can be considered.
    • If you are submitting any supporting documents in your local language,
      you must attach at least an informal translation into English. Documents without any
      English translation will not be considered.
  • PhD certificate
    • A scanned copy of the PhD certificate or proof of PhD issued by the University.
  • Proof of employment
    • A letter from the employer (dean, vice-dean or equivalent head of the applicant’s
      institution) on headed paper confirming applicant’s position at the institution and that
      the applicant will receive a salary for at least three years starting from the year of
    • If employment has not been undertaken yet, a proof of employment offer and
      confirmation of acceptance will be requested from the applicant.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Complete updated CV.
  • Publications: Complete list of publications.
  • Reference letters
    • Applicants must submit two (2) reference letters; at least one must be from a senior
      scientist familiar with the applicant’s recent research.
    • The letters must include the referee’s contact details for follow up from Selection
  • Supporting statement of head of applicant’s institution
    • The supporting statement of the head of the applicant’s institution completed and
      signed by the dean, vice-dean or equivalent head of institution. The supporting
      statement can be downloaded here.
  • Budget file
    • Applicants must upload a standardised budget file in Excel format inserting all items
      and related costs requested in order to undertake the research project. The file will
      be available for download from the online application system.
  • Additional documentation
    • The applicant may wish to provide additional documents which provide evidence of
      skills, qualities or actions described in the research project (e.g. certificate of awards,
      memberships etc).

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