Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowships

Call for Applications

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The Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) 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). ECWS fellows will be supported to continue their research at an international level while based at their home institutes and to build up research groups that will attract international visitors.

You will find all the information you need to prepare your application below and this same information is also available for download.

All applications must be submitted online. The online system will be activated by 30 June 2018 and so the application form itself is not yet available, but we recommend that you start to prepare the project proposal and collect the necessary documents as soon as possible.

Deadline for completed online applications will be 31 August 2018.

The official language for the application is English.

Successful candidates will be notified by October 2018 and expected to attend a first workshop in Trieste, Italy, in December 2018. Each fellowship lasts for two years from the date of acceptance.

If your questions are not answered in the information provided, contact earlycareer@owsd.net.


The ECWS fellowships programme is administered by OWSD with funds generously provided by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

The ECWS fellowship specific objectives are:

1. Empower ECWS fellows to lead important research projects with practical applications for low and middle income countries (LMICs), including through strengthening their collaboration with industry.

2. Build the leadership and business skills of ECWS fellows needed for the dissemination and uptake of research results, and for career advancement.

3. Consolidate a network of outstanding women scientists that provides mentorship for the next generation of women leaders in STEM.

These objectives will be combined with the overall long-term objectives of the OWSD programme in general, which are to:

1. Increase the relevance and implementation of scientific research projects developed by women in STLCs for the economic, social, health and research needs of their countries.
2. Increase the number of women scientists from STLCs staying in their home countries in order to continue their scientific/industrial careers, thereby contributing to research training and development.
3. Strengthen the research, resources and expertise of institutes in STLCs.
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