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Supporting OWSD

If you support OWSD you will

  •  give young women from the poorest countries in the world the opportunity to develop their scientific careers and thereby participate in and influence the structural and economic development of their countries.

There are many ways to support OWSD:


  • you can sponsor students on our PhD fellowship programme (a fellowship in your company's name? an excellent candidate in a field of science of your choice?)
  • you can donate to a national chapter to enable local organisers in the developing world to organise conferences and workshops
  • you can contribute to the OWSD fund for programme development


  • you can work as an intern at OWSD for up to 3 months
  • you can offer your expertise as a short term consultant for up to 3 weeks

In kind

  • host institutes for OWSD fellows can waive tuition fees and bench fees

If you wish to make a donation, or discuss possible ways to support OWSD, please contact

Sida - The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Collaborating since: 1997

Sida - The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency - has been supporting OWSD financially since 1997. With Sida's generous and continuous support, OWSD has fully funded 340 PhD fellowships for women from the South to study in the South. Of these over 200 have graduated and there are currently 104 OWSD fellows onsite.

In 2012, Sida expressed huge confidence in OWSD's ability to make a direct impact on women's economic development in the South by doubling the number of awards for scholarships given annually - now up to 50 per year. These scholarships cover all costs related to undertaking research in a host country (that are not covered by the host institute), including travel, visa and health costs, tuition and bench fees as well as a monthly stipend for the awardees' board, accommodation and living expenses. In addition, Sida has identified specific activities that will ensure these women have a real chance at competing successfully in the international scientific arena -  engaging in research of the highest quality which in turn will feed into the local economy. These include an annual regional workshop in science communication skills and additional funding for each PhD fellow to travel to international workshops and conferences of relevance. 

The Elsevier Foundation

Collaborating since: 2010

The Elsevier Foundation ( provides grants to institutions around the world, with a focus on support for the world’s libraries and for scholars in the early stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 80 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and global communities. The Elsevier Foundation is funded by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.

OWSD and The Elsevier Foundation

Since 2010, OWSD has been a key partner in administering the Elsevier Foundation Early Career Awards for Women Scientists from Developing Countries. To see an inspiring film about the awardees and for more information visit the Awards page.

IDRC - International Development Research Centre

Collaborating since: 2017

In 2017, Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) partnered with OWSD to fund a new fellowship programme for Early Career Women Scientists. This programme is designed to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries. 

Part of Canada's foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world. IDRC supports leading thinkers who advance knowledge and solve practical development problems. It providing the resources, advice, and training they need to implement and share their solutions with those who need them most. Working with its development partners, it multiplies the impact of its investments and brings innovations to more people in more countries around the world. IDRC also offers fellowships and awards to nurture a new generation of development leaders. Established by an act of Canada's parliament in 1970, its head office is located in Ottawa, Canada, with four regional offices in Cairo, Egypt; Montevideo, Uruguay; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India.


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