Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has partnered with UNESCO’s Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) to broaden support for early career women scientists in developing countries.

Jointly funded by IDRC and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the $15-million fellowship program will support 140 doctoral and 60 early career women scientists in STEM in low and middle-income countries. Scientists will receive support and training to set up labs and to head research teams, and to transform their research into marketable projects. The first call for applications will be published in March 2018 and the first cohort of 20 fellows will be announced by October 2018.

In related news, IDRC is offering a $1.5-million grant to the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social (CIESAS) to fund up to 20 postdoctoral fellowships for Indigenous Mexican women pursuing studies in STEM.

While there have been demonstrated improvements in Indigenous peoples’ participation in higher education in Mexico in recent years, women in particular continue to face challenges in becoming STEM leaders. There are also few opportunities for them to apply their skills and experience to mentor younger Indigenous women and to benefit Indigenous communities.

The fellowships are intended to aid Indigenous women researchers and students in launching their scientific careers and using their knowledge and skills in STEM disciplines to benefit local communities through innovation and training.

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