Postgraduate Training Fellowships for Women Scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDC) at Centres of Excellence in the South
This fellowship programme is for female students in Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDCs) [see sidebar] who wish to pursue postgraduate training leading to a doctorate degree at a centre of excellence in the South outside their own country.
- Please read the following information carefully before applying.
- Only women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and/or one of the Least Developed Countries can apply.
- Host institutions must be located in a developing country.
- Applications that are incomplete or illegible cannot be considered. Please make sure all the requested enclosures are submitted together with your application.
- Submissions by email or fax cannot be accepted.
The Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) with funds generously provided by the Department for Research Cooperation (SAREC) of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), 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 Ph.D., at centres of excellence in the South (developing countries), outside their own country.
The general purpose of the scheme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries.
The specific aims of the scheme are:
- To improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for young and talented women graduates from Sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs.
- To increase the scientific productivity and creativity of women scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs.
- To empower a new generation of talented women to assume a leadership role in science and technology and their application to sustainable development.
The scheme provides fellowships to young female students from Sub-Saharan African countries and/or LDCs, to enable them to pursue postgraduate studies leading to Ph.D., degrees, at centres of excellence (renowned research institutions/universities). The institute must be in a developing country other than the applicant's home country.
Each fellowship will be offered for a maximum of three years and will cover travel expenses and a modest monthly living allowance, the amount of which will be determined in consultation with the host institution.
The applicant can enrol as a full-time research student at an institution outside her country. In this case the fellowship will provide support (travel, accommodation and living expenses) for a maximum of three years.
An applicant who wishes to register as a Ph.D. student at her home institute can choose a sandwich option, whereby part of the research programme is undertaken at a host institute in another developing country. In this case the fellowship provides support (travel, accommodation and living expenses) while at the host institution; the minimum period abroad is one year. The fellowship does not provide support while the applicant is at the home institute.
The host institution will be expected to provide the necessary facilities such as tuition, training, supervision, laboratory supplies etc.
Applicants should select renowned institutes in developing countries other than their own, preferably where they have already applied for postgraduate admission. When submitting the application to TWOWS, it is not obligatory that the applicant has either applied and/or obtained admission at the host institute.
In case of difficulty in selecting host institutes, TWOWS can provide a list of centres of excellence in the South, compiled by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and the Third World Network of Scientific Organizations (TWNSO). This information will be provided if the applicant informs TWOWS of the precise field of proposed research (see next paragraph).
The fellowships are open to qualified young women science graduates (generally below 40 years of age) from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or LDCs.
The minimum qualification of applicants is an M.Sc. degree (or equivalent), or an outstanding B.Sc. honours degree, in the following fields of natural sciences:
- earth & environmental resources
- engineering & technological sciences
The host institute where the applicant wishes to pursue her doctorate degree must be in a developing country other than her own.
The fellowships are highly competitive, and the selection will be based on scientific competence and merit.
The applications will be reviewed by a panel of eminent scientists, appointed by the Executive Board of TWOWS.
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.
Two referee letters from senior scientists familiar with the applicant's studies must be enclosed with the application in sealed envelopes.
Applications must be clearly typewritten in English and completed in all parts; TWOWS will not process incomplete and/or illegible applications. TWOWS will inform the applicant as soon as the application is processed.
Applications should reach the TWOWS secretariat by 30 May of each year.
- Sample entry for Section C, Page 3 of the Application Form. This is a Microsoft Word document .
- Application form with information. This is a PDF file . You need Acrobat Reader to read/print it.