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A fully funded + annual scholarship for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa - OWSD Postgraduate Training Fellowships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Damaris Foping   
Monday, 11 June 2012 02:33

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Deadline: July 31

Funding Source: The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Fellowship Year: Launched every year

Host Country: At many Centres of Excellence in the South

Degree Targeted: PhD

 

 

 

 

 

This scholarship is recurrent; please make sure you visit their pointingfingerleftwebsite for updated information. Note that some scholarships are launched annually for a predetermined number of years - so before start preparing your application, make sure you have updated information.

 

Parce que cette bourse est annuelle ; il est hautement recommandé de visiter leur site pour les dernières infos.

Type of Fellowship  

Fully funded

Periodicity 

Annual

Description

Purpose

With funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), 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 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.

 

Conditions

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.

The fellowship is offered to carry out postgraduate research in the natural sciences. Each fellowship will be offered for three years and will cover travel expenses, a modest monthly living allowance, the amount of which will be determined in consultation with the host institution.

An applicant who wishes to register as a PhD 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) only while at the host institution. The minimum period abroad is six months. The fellowship does not provide support while the applicant is at the home institute.

Alternatively, an applicant can enroll 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 3 years.

The host institution will be expected to provide the necessary facilities such as tuition, training, supervision, laboratory supplies etc.

Accompanying persons are not eligible for support.

 

Host Institutions

Applicants should select renowned institutes in developing countries, from outside their own country, and are encouraged to apply for postgraduate admission in advance.  To this purpose, it is recommended that applicants contact the chosen host institute(s) with the CV and short research proposal, mentioning that they are intending to apply for a OWSD fellowship. When submitting the application to OWSD, however, 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, OWSD can provide a list of centres of excellence in the South, compiled by TWAS. This information will be provided if the applicant informs OWSD of the precise field of proposed research (see next paragraph). 

For a list of Institutions in mathematics see for instance:

http://www.maths.wits.ac.za/sams/pmwiki.php?n=Main.Links

In addition, acceptance could be facilitated by selecting from one of the institutions that has an agreement of collaboration with OWSD:

  • The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China. For a full list of CAS institutes see english.cas.ac.cn/CASI;
  • The Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS), China, www.gscaas.net.cn/vacancy/index.htm;
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia, www.upm.edu.my. Departments/schools of natural sciences are eligible;
  • Rhodes University, South Africa, www.ru.ac.za. Departments/schools of natural sciences are eligible;
  • University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, www.uct.ac.za. Departments/schools of natural sciences are eligible;
  • i-Themba Labs, South Africa, www.tlabs.ac.za. i-Themba Labs specialize in materials science, applied medical science, biotechnology, biophysics, radiobiology, radiophysics, radiopharmaceutics, accelerators based sciences, nuclear sciences and nanosciences.

Eligible African Countries  

Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Zambia.

Note: Sub-Saharan African countries that are not in the list are eligible under the programme.

Field of Study

All branches of the natural sciences

Eligibility

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 natural sciences.

Important: Following recent discussions with donors, earlier restrictions that limited eligible research projects to those in the basic sciences have been dropped. Therefore, applications can now be accepted from female scientists in all branches of the natural sciences.

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.

Application Procedure

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 OR must be sent by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

 

Applications should be submitted by email OR post and should reach the OWSD secretariat by 31 July 2012 at the latest.

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Last Updated on Friday, 06 September 2013 06:02
 

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Diana
0 # Diana 2015-07-21 07:28
I have been admitted to university of Nairobi(Kenya) for a masters degree in plant breeding starting this September and I'm in dire need for financial assistance. Do you have any scholarships for such that I can apply for? Thank you.
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0 # Tatiana AMANI 2015-03-19 06:06
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Tatiana AMANI
+1 # Tatiana AMANI 2015-03-19 06:03
Hello,
I am called Tatiana AMANI, I am a holder of a license(Bachelo r's degree) in Science of Management.
My most burning desire is to study outside to perfect me in the field of banks, finance and insurance(assur ance) by making the Master's degree.
Looking forward to reading to you.
My most distinguished greetings.
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0 # Rev.Sr.Martha Achieng 2014-03-11 07:15
Am a religious nun with assumption sisters of Eldoret.Have been offered to do a bachelor course on Surgery with Uzima University College Kisumu Kenya.Am requesting for your financial support to assist me do this course in order to help Kenyans who are very much frustrated because of lack of surgeons.
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Dolores-HAS
0 # Dolores-HAS 2014-03-16 18:09
Hello Sister
In terms of funding, you have several options:
• Contacting the international student office of the university for assistance
• Contacting the graduate student office of the university for assistance - requesting permission to do a part-time job for instance
• In addition, using the search engine, you can look for scholarships that fit your specific profile. Remember to make your search as broad as possible. What this means is limit only one or two of the criteria if your initial search does not yield many results. Here is the address of our search engine: www.helpforafricanstudents.org /.../

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shirlene nafula
0 # shirlene nafula 2014-02-20 01:52
Hi,

I have completed my Bsc. in Microbiology and Biotechnology. I have been offered an admission to Kings college London to pursue an Msc. in Bio-pharmaceuti cals. I kindly seek advice/ financial support in the form of a scholarship to finance my fees.

With regards,
Shirlene Nafula
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Dolores-HAS
0 # Dolores-HAS 2014-03-16 18:08
Hi Shirlene
In terms of funding, you have several options:
• Contacting the international student office of the university for assistance
• Contacting the graduate student office of the university for assistance - requesting permission to do a part-time job for instance
• In addition, using the search engine, you can look for scholarships that fit your specific profile. Remember to make your search as broad as possible. What this means is limit only one or two of the criteria if your initial search does not yield many results. Here is the address of our search engine: www.helpforafricanstudents.org /.../
Good Luck
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BIHNCHANG LOVELYN
0 # BIHNCHANG LOVELYN 2013-06-14 13:52
I am in Cameroon, I wish to study plant genetics for a Ph.D. Could i be eligible?
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Dolores-HAS
0 # Dolores-HAS 2014-03-16 18:06
Hello Lovelyn
Many governmental/NG O scholarships target students looking to get PhD’s abroad, and universities around the world rely heavily on PhD students to carry out various research projects. As a consequence, research assistantship positions become available every day in universities across Europe, America, and Asia. It is important to note that many of these opportunities are never published over the internet, so the best way to go about it is to prepare a nice CV and cover letter and start visiting the websites of universities in your targeted field and country. Look for openings and collect the emails of faculty whose research interests coincide with yours. Then send them an email—many reply, you know, and if you have done great things research–wise in the past you can get lucky; what is more, there is little to no competition at times.
How do you find faculty more likely to hire? Those with NIH grant money are listed here: projectreporter.nih.gov/.../
Another option is our search engine: www.helpforafricanstudents.org /.../
Check out the following page if you are interested in studying abroad!:
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0 # Biruhalem Tesfaye 2013-02-26 04:48
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H.A.S.
0 # H.A.S. 2013-03-04 22:32
;-) Hopefully so.
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Be sure you read this article over and over: helpforafricanstudents.org/... /...
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Adewumi Aderiike
0 # Adewumi Aderiike 2013-01-09 08:25
I will be grateful if you can come to my academic aid i am seriously in need so as to be of help to the society
May God bless you as are responsible to others need
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H.A.S.
0 # H.A.S. 2013-01-10 12:48
Hello there :-)
This post only goes to the H.A.S. site. Go ahead and contact the scholarship sponsor directly and start working on your application.
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0 # Josephine Kombe-Kajue 2013-01-09 07:11
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0 # H.A.S. 2013-01-10 12:48
Dear Josephine,
This post only goes to the H.A.S. site. Go ahead and contact the scholarship sponsor directly and start working on your application.

Good luck!
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Adewumi Aderiike
0 # Adewumi Aderiike 2012-12-21 21:06
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0 # H.A.S. 2012-12-27 20:08
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Anganile Mwambene
0 # Anganile Mwambene 2012-12-21 14:18
I have been offered a place at University of Johannersburg to study Mathematics Education but I don't have funds. How can you assist me?
Anganile Mwambene from Malawi
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H.A.S.
+1 # H.A.S. 2012-12-27 20:00
Hello there! Congratulations on being accepted to the University of Johannesburg! This post only goes to the H.A.S. site.
Go ahead and contact the sponsors of the scholarship directly and start working on your application.
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