OWSD Early Career WOMEN Fellowship for International Students in Italy, 2019

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The Organisation for Women In Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Early Career Fellowship is a prestigious award of up to USD 50,000 offered to women 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). The OWSD Early Career fellows will be supported to establish an environment at their institution where they can maintain an international standard of research and attract scholars from all over the world to collaborate.

The fellowship 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. By improving their communication and outreach skills, fellows will also learn to effectively present their research to various audiences, thus attracting new collaborators and potential funders to ensure the sustainability of the research project.

FELLOWSHIP SUMMARY

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Degree Level: PhD Fellowship

Fields(s): Eligible STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • 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

Value: The OWSD Early Career Fellowship is for two years and provides up to USD 50,000.

Fellowship Provider: The Organization for Women In Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

Host Country: Italy

Number of Fellowships: Not known

ELIGILITY

Eligible Countries: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LAGGING COUNTRIES

in alphabetical order

IMPORTANT: Applicants must have been resident in one of the countries listed below for at least 5 years – note that this requirement does not have to be consecutive. At the time of application, applicants must be already employed at the university or research institute where the research project will be carried out. the university/research institute must be in one of the countries listed below.

AfghanistanLiberia
AngolaMadagascar
BangladeshMalawi
BeninMali
BhutanMauritania
BoliviaMongolia
Burkina FasoMozambique
BurundiMyanmar
CambodiaNepal
CameroonNicaragua
Central African Rep.Niger
ChadPalestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip)
ComorosParaguay
CongoRwanda
Côte d’IvoireSao Tome and Principe
Dem Rep. CongoSenegal
DjiboutiSierra Leone
El SalvadorSolomon Islands
Equatorial GuineaSomalia
EthiopiaSri Lanka
GambiaSudan
GhanaSwaziland
GuatemalaTajikistan
GuineaTanzania
Guinea-BissauTimor-Leste
HaitiTogo
HondurasTuvalu
KenyaUganda
KiribatiVanuatu
Lao People’s Dem Rep.Zambia
Lesotho

Eligible Criteria:To be eligible to apply for the OWSD Early Career Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Eligible countries

  • Applicants must have been resident in one of the listed Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs)* for at least 5 years.
  • Please note:
    • The 5 years do not have to be consecutive.
    • The countries may vary slightly each year (please always check the current list).  
  • Applicants can be citizens of any country, provided that the above residence requirement is fulfilled.

* Based on criteria established by IDRC and in agreement with OWSD. Each year the list will be updated when the call for applications is opened. From 2017, some countries in Africa (including Nigeria) are no longer considered low income and are therefore no longer eligible for OWSD fellowships support.  Some new countries outside Africa have been added.

2. Eligible employment

  • 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 two-year fellowship.

3. Eligible STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • 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.

Lower rates of research project proposals in chemical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, physics and computing and information technology were received during the 2018 call for applications and, thus, will be given priority consideration in the 2019 selection process.

4. Eligible academic qualification

PhD in one of the above listed study fields.

  • PhD awarded not more than 10 years prior to application.

APPLICATION

Application Procedure: Apply via the ONLINE APPLICATION link below

Application Materials:Applicants must submit:

1. Passport

  • A scanned copy of the passport page containing personal details (photo, document number etc).
  • Passport-size portrait photo

2. 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.

3. PhD certificate

  • A scanned copy of the PhD certificate or proof of PhD issued by the University.

4. 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 two years starting from the year of application.
  • If employment has not been undertaken yet, a proof of employment offer and confirmation of acceptance will be requested from the applicant.

5. Curriculum Vitae

  • Complete updated CV.

6.  Publications

  • Complete list of publications.

7. 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 Committee.

8. 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.

9. 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).

Language Requirements: English

ONLINE APPLICATION

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