Call for new OWSD Fellowships for Early Career Women Scientists now open

July 03, 2018
Woman working in science lab.

IDRC / Vijay Kutty

Bio-nano particles being synthesized at the Nanotechnology Centre in India.

In partnership with UNESCO’s Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), IDRC is pleased to announce that the first call for applications for the new Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) fellowships is now open.

Fellowships with a value of up to US$50,000 each will be awarded to women scientists from countries where the capacity for science and technology is lagging; who have completed their PhD in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; and employed at an academic or scientific research institute in one of the eligible countries.

ECWS fellows will be supported for two years to continue their research at an international level while based at their home institutes; to build up research groups that will attract international visitors; and to develop links with industry.

The ECWS fellowships are funded by IDRC. UNESCO’s Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World is jointly funded by IDRC and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2018. To learn more and apply, please visit the OWSD website.

This short video (in English only) explains the fellowship and how it will benefit women scientists starting their careers.
Questions about this fellowship can be sent to For general enquiries about OWSD, please write to Please note, however, that inquiries made to the OWSD Secretariat can be read and responded to in English only