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 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).
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 it is strongly recommended that applicants 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, and the official language for 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.
This short video (in English only) explains the fellowship and how it will benefit women scientists starting their careers.