The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World announces its fellowship programme is for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a doctorate degree at a centre of excellence (renowned research institutions/universities) in the South outside their own country.
Each fellowship will be offered for up to three years and will cover the following: – Travel expenses to and from the host institute; – A monthly allowance to cover accommodation and meals while in the host country, the amount of which will be determined in consultation with the host institution; – Refund of visa costs; – A contribution for medical insurance.
Qualification Requirements
 Qualified young women science graduates must be below 40 years of age They should be from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or LDCs. The minimum qualification of applicants is an MSc degree (or equivalent), or an outstanding BSc honours degree, in the natural sciences, engineering or information technology disciplines. Applicants already on site in the host country will not be considered eligible. The host institute where the applicant wishes to pursue her doctorate degree must be in a developing country other than her own. The applicant must be willing to return to her own country after completion of the fellowship. Guides for Applicants.
 Applicants should complete all parts of the application form, and enclose copies of all university degree certificates, and the university-issued transcripts, which should include grades, courses taken, etc. If the applicant has already gained admission at an institution of excellence in the South (i.e., in a developing country), a copy of the letter of acceptance from the institution must be enclosed. If the applicant is registered for a doctorate degree at an institution in her home country, and wishes to pursue part of her research at another institution under a “sandwich programme”, a letter of recommendation from the home institute supervisor must be enclosed. Applicants must also submit a research outline for their proposed PhD programme. In the case of sandwich option applicants, the outline must make it clear which parts of the work will be carried out at the host institution. Two reference letters from senior scientists familiar with the applicant’s studies must be enclosed with the application in sealed envelopes OR must be sent by email to The subject line of the email must contain: OWSD/PG/candidate’s surname. Only signed reference letters can be accepted. Applications must be clearly typewritten in English and completed in all parts; OWSD will not process incomplete and/or illegible applications. OWSD will inform the applicant as soon as the application is processed. The application form is available as a MS Word document. OWSD has instituted a fellowship programme for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a PhD, at centres of excellence in the South (developing countries), outside their own country.
Deadline 15th August, 2014
Further Information Visit the organisers’ website here.

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