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Supporting women’s leadership in science, technology, and innovation through early-career fellowships (2017–2021)


A cutting-edge CA$15 million fellowships program, jointly funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and IDRC, will support 140 doctoral and 60 early career women scientists in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The program will be managed by the Secretariat of the Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World, a program unit of UNESCO’s World Academy of Science.

IDRC’s contribution of CA$7.5 million over four and a half years will provide early career women scientists with the opportunity and skills to become leaders in their fields, managing important research projects, strengthening their collaboration with industry, and acting as role models for the next generation of female scientists. The project will build the leadership and business skills needed for the dissemination and uptake of research results, and for career advancement. Participants will disseminate their research results in various ways, including technical reports and peer-reviewed publications on innovative research and its applications in LMICs, and join regional networks of women scientists in leadership positions.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
19 months
IDRC Officer
Ann Weston
Total Funding
CA$ 7,500,000.00
Foundations for Innovation
United Nations Educational
Institution Country
Project Leader
Tonya Blowers
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture/Organización des las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura


Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) mid-term evaluation report - July 2021

Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) mid-term evaluation report - July 2021


This document is the final report of the Mid-term evaluation of OWSD activities, “Supporting Women’s Leadership in Science, Technology and Innovation in Scientifically and Technologically Lagging Countries (2017-2021)” (hereafter referred to as “the evaluation”). Technopolis Group conducted the evaluation between May 2021 and July 2021. The evaluation was commissioned by OWSD Secretariat. The review aims to inform on the OWSD programmes' achievements, seek lessons, and make recommendations for improvements. This mid term evaluation was foreseen as part of the Sida-IDRC grant awarded to OWSD in 2017.

Author(s): Dani, Soheir, Bello, Alessandro, Rennie, Laura, Domini, Alberto, Jallow, Amanda Bengtsson

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Language: English