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Deadline: 15 April 2020
Open to: Female candidates 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)
Benefits: Grant of up to USD 50,000 will be awarded

Description

The OWSD Early Career Fellowship programme is administered by OWSD with funds generously provided by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. This programme supports early career women scientists to lead important research projects in those countries which have been identified as especially lacking in scientific and technological resources. The fellows will undertake their research projects in one of the eligible countries and applicants must demonstrate that they have spent significant periods of time in that country (at least 5 years in total). Applicants must also have a guarantee of employment at the institution where they intend to carry out the research.

During the 2-year fellowship, fellows will build on their leadership and management skills, develop connections with a variety of public and private sector partners to potentially convert their research into marketable products or guarantee its impact on a broader scale.

Eligibility

  • 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, and you should always check the current list of countries because they may vary slightly each year). Applicant must hold a PhD (no more than 10 years prior to application) in one of the below listed study fields.
  • 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 (the institution must be in one of the listed STLCs). If employment has not yet commenced, a proof of employment offer and confirmation of acceptance is required. 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 are: 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.

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

Benefits

The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is for two years and provides up to USD 50,000, but it does not provide for the fellow’s salary which must be guaranteed by the fellow’s institution.

The fellow’s institution must waive any overhead or indirect costs on the research project. However, applicants can include in their budget break-down any costs for support from the institution that will directly benefit the research project (for example, lab technician’s time, maintenance and utilities costs, administrative officer’s time, etc.). Eligible expenses are Research-related costs (Equipment, Consumables, Research visits, exchanges and programmes, Teaching and Assistance, Field work, Publication costs, Information resources, IT facilities, Training and other costs); Linking with industry and other partners; Outreach, communication and networking.

For a more detailed description of each of the benefits, please click here.

How to Apply?

All applications must be submitted online.

For more information about the application process, please visit the official website.

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