What is

Organization for Women in Science
for the Developing World

OWSD is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership.

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Career Development

1. Membership

Membership is open to women scientists or technologists from developing countries who have completed a bachelor's degree or higher in the natural sciences, engineering, or social sciences and who are committed to the objectives of the Organization. Currently there are over 6,000 members. Women and men from both developed and developing countries in any discipline may become Friends of OWSD to support its activities. 

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2. Fellowship

PhD and Early Career fellowships for women scientists from selected Science and Technology-Lagging Countries (STLCs). The fellowships are offered to women scientists. The PhD fellowship supports women to pursue their PhD at a host institute in another developing country in the South. The Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) fellowship provides funding to women who have completed their PhDs, to continue their research at an international level and build up research groups while based at their home institutes.

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3. Workshop

A training workshop is a type of interactive training where participants carry out a number of training activities rather than passively listen to a lecture or presentation. Broadly, two types of workshops exist: A general workshop is put on for a mixed audience, and a closed workshop is tailored towards meeting the training needs of a specific group.

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4. Awards

OWSD Prizes recognize women scientists working and living in developing countries who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge. OWSD currently has one award scheme which it offers in collaboration with the Elsevier Foundation.

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5. Beyond OWSD

OWSD provides many other opportunities for women scientists from the developing world, including access to mentoring and other capacity-building activities, invitations to workshops and conferences, and an active network of news and information-sharing.

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