Start your study adventure abroad. Good news! SIDA PhD Fellowships for Women are currently open. In this article we will explain in detail about this scholarship, its benefits and step by step application process.
SIDA PhD Fellowships for Women are fully funded scholarships for international female students. This program covers tuition fee, monthly allowance, return ticket, visa expenses, medical insurance and special allowance to attend international conferences.
SIDA PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists invites applications from women from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to pursue PhD research in Engineering and Information Technology and Natural sciences at a educational institute in the South.
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Program period is maximum 4 years .
- A full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years ), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
- A sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country.
The sandwich fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits at the host institute. The minimum duration of the first visit is 6 months. The total number of months spent at the host institute cannot exceed 20 months. The funding period cannot exceed 4 years.
SIDA PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists provides the recipient with the following benefits:
- A special allowance to attend international conferences during the period of the fellowship
- A monthly allowance to cover basic living expenses such as accommodation and meals while in the host country
- A return ticket from the home country to the host institute for the agreed research period
- Visa expenses
- The opportunity to attend regional science communications workshops, on a competitive basis
- Annual medical insurance contribution
- Study fees (including tuition and registration fees) in agreement with the chosen host institute
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Eligibility Criteria for SIDA PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists
To be eligible for SIDA PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Required Languages: English
- Eligible Countries: Sudan, Yemen, Syria, Palestine, Comoros, & Other Countries Are Not From The Middle East And North Africa.
- The minimum qualification is an MSc degree in one of the above listed study fields.
- Please note that an applicant, at the time of application, must NOT have an active research grant or fellowship with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) or have already submitted an application for a TWAS programme within the same given year
- Host institutes must be located in a developing country in the South (not the candidate’s home country).A list of recommended institutes is available here. Other institutes, not included in the link above, will also be considered if they demonstrate appropriate resources and expertise.
- Candidates who are already on site in the host country will not usually be considered eligible.
- Candidates should identify a host institute outside their home country.They can identify a further two host institutes if desired.
- Candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after completion of the fellowship.
How to Apply for SIDA PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists?
Follow the following instructions to win SIDA PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists:
(1) Candidates must submit a PhD research proposal outline (max 2.000 words) which should be a summarized description of the PhD research proposal.
Guidelines for writing a good research proposal outline are available here.
Candidates are invited to study carefully these guidelines and ensure that their proposal is well structured and clear. The project proposal is given particular attention at selection.
(2) Candidates must submit following documents:
- The letter must be signed by the head of department or by the postgraduate studies coordinator.
- The study starting date on the preliminary acceptance letter must be the year following the application (e.g. if you apply for a fellowship in 2018 the acceptance letter should indicate the starting date as 2019).
- ِAll university degree certificates; and all university-issued transcripts, indicating all courses and grades.
- Candidates must submit their complete CV (including a list of publications, if available).
- Candidates must submit a preliminary acceptance letter from at least one host institute.
- The sample available here must be used for the preparation of this document.
- Candidates must submit a letter of commitment from the prospective host supervisor confirming that the host institute has the resources (e.g. bench fees, laboratory equipment) required to undertake the project.
- The letter should also describe why the host institute is appropriate for the subject of study and confirm the supervisor’s interest in working with the candidate.
- Candidates must submit two reference letters from senior scientists familiar with their work.
- For SANDWICH candidates only: please note that the home PhD supervisor cannot be one of the two referees.
- Candidates must submit a scanned copy of the passport page, which contains personal details (photo, document number etc.).
(3) Candidates applying for a SANDWICH study scheme must, in addition, submit also the following documents:
- Sandwich candidates must submit the Registration and No objection certificate prepared by the home institute confirming that the candidate is a PhD registered student and that there is no objection to her studying at the chosen host institute abroad.
- Sandwich candidates must submit a supporting statement, prepared and signed by the home supervisor on letter-headed paper. The supervisor should:
- state that he/she is willing to support the candidate undertaking part of her studies at the host institute abroad; and describe how the research visit abroad will impact/benefit the candidate’s research project.
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