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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

Science by Women program 2024-25 in Spain

Science by Women Scholarship

Applications are now open for The Science by Women program. The program aims at promoting African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer and fostering the capacity of the research centres in their home countries. The program’s ultimate goal is to support African women researchers in playing a leading role in the transition of the continent to a knowledge-based and innovation-led economy and thereby in the transformation of people’s daily lives.


Program Description

The Science by Women program, initiated by the Women for Africa Foundation, aims to empower African women in scientific research and technology transfer to tackle crucial challenges across various sectors such as health, agriculture, food security, water, energy, and climate change. It offers post-doctoral fellowships in collaboration with renowned Spanish Centers of Excellence.


Program Duration

The duration of the fellowship is 6 continuous months, to be completed within 1 year and a half or 2 years at a Spanish institution, depending on the host research entity, starting from the date of publication of the final selection of beneficiaries.


Financial coverage of the fellowship

Successful candidates will have access to the following benefits:

  • Roundabout flights from their city of origin to their host city.

  • Monthly living allowance of 2600 euros gross per month, to which it is applied a 24% tax. This stipend is to cover accommodation*, personal expenses, and health and emergency insurance.

  • Coverage of visa fees and any administrative costs derived from the visa application process.

  • Possibility of financial aid to participate in seminars or congress during the period of the fellowship in Spain, after appropriate evaluation from the Science by Women program’s team.

NOTE: All beneficiaries of the Science by Women program are responsible for securing their own accommodation for the duration of the 6-month fellowship stay in their host city.



Elegible applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Being a woman and have the nationality and residence in an African country.

  • Holding a PhD in the sciences area of expertise.

  • Having a contractual relationship with a university or a public or private organization based in Africa dedicated to scientific research.

  • Excellent academic record and proven track of relevant research experience.

  • Solid working knowledge of English. Proof of English language level will be positively valued.


Application Documents

All applications must include the following documents:

  • Motivation letter, with a maximum of 1 page.

  • Full curriculum vitae, in Europass format preferably.

  • Passport or ID document.

  • Letter of support.

  • Research proposal, brief and clear, with a maximum of 2 pages*.

  • Proof of confirmation of the research proposal by the Spanish host entity of choice**.

  • Fully filled in (online form)


Application procedure

Interested candidates are to submit their applications online through the (online application portal here).

• Application deadline: September 30, 2024, at 23:59h (Madrid time)

• The list of finalists will be published by November 29th, 2024.

• Applicants are advised to read attentively the complete Rules & Guidelines document before submitting their application.





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