Postgraduate Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries

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Postgraduate Fellowships for Women Scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries

The Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental body based at the headquarters of the Third world Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Trieste, Italy. TWAS and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) convened the Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of Science and Technology in the Third World in 1988 which recommended that a study group explore the possibility of creating an organisation for women in science.

About the Fellowship

The Third World Organization for Women in Science fellowship programme is for female students from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (LDCs) who wish to pursue postgraduate training/studies leading to a doctorate degree at a Centre of excellence in a developing country outside their own country. 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. Alternatively, an applicant can enrol as a full-time research student at an institution outside her country.


 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.

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.

Fellowship Highlight

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.

Duration: 3 years

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