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Working With OWSD

OWSD has worked with many different individuals and organizations over the years. For our fellowships programme we have depended on very generous funding from Sida, who have provided full scholarships since 1997. We depend also on the structural, financial and administrative support of both TWAS and ICTP, and on the legal support and structure of UNESCO. The Italian government, as major donors to TWAS and ICTP,  provide the office infrastructure so that OWSD headquarters can operate. We have benefitted from the expertise and networks of organizations working in the same building such as IAP and IAMP and have established important projects with them. We also work closely with the network of scientific institutions in Trieste (Italy) and the surrounding region where our headquarters are based. The Elsevier Foundation has generously sponsored our awards programme since 2010 and we work closely with TWAS and The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to deliver a prestigious award to each of five brilliant women scientists each year.

In-kind contributions have also always been crucial to our success and we have established agreements with a series of host institutes in developing countries who provide facilities and supervision for our PhD fellows to ensure that their studies are effective.

We are always open to establishing new partnerships with like-minded organizations and look forward to hearing from you.                                        Please contact

University of Pretoria

South Africa
Collaborating since: 2018

Nestled in the heart of Pretoria, the University of Pretoria (UP) was established in 1908.

As a leading research-focused institution, UP helps to produce the most pivotal solutions to issues of the 21st Century world. Standing as the largest and one of the most influential institutions of higher learning in the region, UP has held the title of producing the highest research output in the nation since 1996.

Further, the university’s annual recognition of exceptional academic achievement bears testimony to the recognition of rising stars, and women in research, in addition to the recognition of established researchers with well-recognised national and international profiles.

Lastly, the University of Pretoria places strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary and collaborative work across various fields of knowledge and geographic borders in the areas of teaching, learning research and development.

Contact person and details: Sylvester Siboto, e-mail address:, Tel. No.: +27 (0) 12 420 2729

ICTP-East African Institute for Fundamental Research

Collaborating since: 2018

Located on the University of Rwanda, Kigali campus, ICTP-EAIFR is a vibrant, international hub of advanced education and research, poised to become one of the most important physics institutes in Africa. It is a partner institute of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), and is also a Category 2 UNESCO institute.

ICTP-EAIFR was developed in response to a need in Rwanda and the region for both masters and doctoral degrees in various areas of physics, both fundamental and applied. It is planned that at any given time there will be 50 or more MSc students while the PhD programme is still to be determined.

In addition to a graduate school, the institution will have at least five research scientists on staff. When it is fully operational, there will be approximately 15 postdoctoral fellows. It is expected to act as a vibrant hub for visiting scientists from around the world, so that scientists from the continent can discuss and collaborate with others from further afield. This will also allow the students to make contact with active scientists and better their chances for obtaining PhD or postdoctoral positions in other countries.

The institute will host approximately five scientific meetings or schools a year, some of those in collaboration with the ICTP. Furthermore, it is expected to act as a node for various physics networks in Africa.

ICTP-EAIFR is a moment's walk away from the University of Rwanda's departments of physics and mathematics, with which it enjoys close collaboration.

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Collaborating since: 2016

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

ILRI through its graduate fellowship program provides opportunities to young scientists and graduate fellows globally to undertake quality research-for-development (R4D) within ILRI projects.  The fellows are able to access ILRI’s cutting edge research facilities, receive mentorship from ILRI scientists while at the same time make a valuable contribution within the following broad ILRI PROGRAM areas:

  • Animal and human health
  • Feed and forage resource development
  • Livestock genetics
  • Impact at scale
  • Policy, Institutions and livelihoods
  • Sustainable livestock systems

For more information please contact Leah Symekher– Capacity Development Officer (ILRI) +254 20 4223417 or mail



University of Cape Town

South Africa

South Africa’s oldest university (founded in 1829), University of Cape Town is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions with a long tradition of academic excellence and cultural diversity that characterizes its staff and students who come from over 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world.  UCT has six faculties - Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science - which are all supported by UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development, which addresses students' teaching and learning needs.

Universiti Putri Malaysia (UPM)


Universiti Putra Malaysia is a leading research university in Malaysia. It has 16 faculties, 9 institutes and 16 centres. It offers academic programmes, researches and training opportunities in all major fields of studies, especially in agriculture, applied sciences, biomedical, biotechnology, forestry and engineering.

As a university with a world class reputation, UPM's academic programmes are internationally recognized. With its educational excellence, it continues to attract growing numbers of students and staff from around the world. Currently, it has 3,843 international postgraduate students out of a population of 13,729 postgraduate students.

Its researches are highly rated internationally across many disciplines such as agriculture and food, biosystems and biotechnology, environment and energy, applied sciences and engineering, just to name a few. There are 11 Research Clusters and 20 Centres of Excellence in UPM.

Xidian University

Collaborating since: 2015

Xidian University is one of the highest ranking universities in China in the areas of computer science, telecommunication engineering and electronic information engineering and one of the very first institutions of higher learning in China to have offered degrees in IT related sciences including information theory, information system engineering, radar, microwave antenna, electronic-mechanical engineering, and electronic countermeasure. With its 16 schools and over 1,900 full-time teachers, it has received several awards and recognitions of educational excellence at the national level.

Rhodes University

South Africa

Founded in 1904, Rhodes University is a well-established University located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is a small research intensive university which enjoys the distinction of having amongst the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member. The University takes pride in its motto, Where Leaders Learn, and in producing graduates who are knowledgeable intellectuals, skilled professionals, and critical, caring and compassionate citizens who can contribute to economic and social development and an equitable, just and democratic society.

The Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS)


The Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS) focuses on agricultural research and rural development through technological advancement and offers 53 PhD programmes and 65 Masters programmes in four key areas: agriculture, natural sciences, engineering and management science, covering 17 major disciplines, of which 10 are at PhD level (biology, ecology, crop science, horticulture, agricultural resources and environment, plant protection, animal science, veterinary, agrostology and agricultural economics) and 17 at Masters level (atmospheric science, biology, ecology, agricultural engineering, environmental sciences and engineering, food science and engineering, crop science, horticulture, agricultural resources and environment, plant protection, animal science, veterinary, forestry, agrostology, management science and engineering, agricultural economics and library information and archive management).

GSCAAS provides its students with access to the facilities of 39 research institutes of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) located throughout China. As of 2015, there are more than 4300 graduate students, inlcuding over 150 foreign students coming from more than 40 countries.

The University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)


The University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) is a higher education institution focusing on graduate education. With four campuses in Beijing and five education centers outside the capital city,
UCAS is also backed by more than 100 CAS institutes throughout China specializing in all branches of the natural and engineering sciences. UCAS  implements a two-layer education system whereby course work is carried out at the Beijing campuses, while research work is primarily carried out at the various CAS institutes. At present, there are over 40,000 graduate students at UCAS, of whom 50% are doctoral students.
To date, UCAS has conferred masters and doctoral degrees to more than 109,000 students.

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)


TWAS is an international scientific academy located in Trieste, on the campus of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). Since its foundation in 1983, TWAS has been promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the South, by offering several research opportunities, ranging from Ph.D. fellowships to postdoctoral scholarships and research grants, as well as by managing South-South and South-North partnerships in science and technology.

Through such initiatives, TWAS pursues its main goal: helping build political and scientific leadership for science-based sustainable development in the developing world.