Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowships

Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowships

The Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) who have completed their PhDs and are continuing research in their home countries. The Fellowship will support them to undertake research at an international level and to build up research groups and centres in their scientific fields.

The programme is administered with funds generously provided by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).


The general purpose of the fellowship programme is 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. ECWS Fellows will become leaders in STEM fields and be role models for the next generation of female scientists throughout scientifically and technologically-lagging countries (STLCs) in the South.

The ECWS Fellowships have a further specific goal: to improve collaborations with industry to convert advanced knowledge in STEM into innovations that make local economies and societies more inclusive.

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