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Celebrating the Achievements of 28 OWSD PhD Fellows Graduating in 2022

May 23, 2023

In 2022, 28 exceptional women scientists from science- and technology-lagging countries have successfully completed their doctoral studies through the prestigious OWSD PhD Fellowship program. Supported by Sida, they have made significant contributions to diverse research areas, advancing science and promoting gender equality.

2022 OWSD Fellows Graduates Science Women Developing countries

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) takes great pride in celebrating the remarkable achievements of the 28 OWSD PhD Fellows who have successfully completed their doctoral studies in 2022. These exceptional women scientists, hailing from science- and technology-lagging countries (STLCs), have showcased their dedication, perseverance, and scientific excellence throughout their PhD research journey.

The OWSD PhD Fellowship, generously funded by Sida, provides a unique opportunity for women scientists from STLCs to pursue their doctoral studies in the natural, engineering, and information technology sciences. This fellowship empowers them to undertake their research at host institutes in other developing countries within the Global South, fostering international collaboration and knowledge exchange.

The recently released data highlights the diverse accomplishments of the 2022 OWSD PhD Fellows. With representation from a variety of host institutes, including Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Rhodes University, and Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS), among others, these remarkable women have contributed to cutting-edge research in their respective scientific fields.

The data further reveals that the majority of these accomplished women scientists pursued their PhD studies on a full-time basis (68%), showcasing their commitment to advancing scientific knowledge. The sandwich program, which allows for research periods at multiple institutions, was chosen by 28% of the fellows, enabling them to benefit from interdisciplinary experiences and international collaborations.

The graduates' scientific areas of research covered a wide spectrum, ranging from agricultural sciences and molecular biology to bioinformatics and renewable energy engineering. This reflects the diversity and multidisciplinary nature of the research pursued by the OWSD PhD Fellows, who are dedicated to addressing pressing global challenges.

The success of these talented women scientists is a testament to their unwavering determination, resilience, and passion for scientific exploration. Their achievements contribute not only to their personal growth but also to the advancement of scientific knowledge and the empowerment of women in the scientific community.

OWSD extends its heartfelt congratulations to the 2022 OWSD PhD Fellows on their outstanding accomplishments. Their remarkable contributions inspire future generations of women scientists, fostering a more inclusive and diverse scientific landscape worldwide.

The 2022 OWSD PhD Fellows Graduates

Ayokunmi Omolola Oyeleye


in Microbiology/ Molecular Biology from 

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)


Sarah Abdelrahman Abualmaali


in Population genetic/Arboviral diseases from

University Science Malaysia (USM)

Aysha Akter


in Agricultural sciences from

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)


Nathalie Benge Ngalya

Congo, Dem. Rep.

in Genetic diversity from

University of Zimbabwe

Annae Maria Senkoro


in Plant conservation from

Rhodes University, South Africa

Thahamina Bagum


in Agricultural Sciences from

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Therese Umuhoza


in Health Sciences, Medical Virology from

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Ratna Rani Majumder


in Molecular Breeding from

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines

Banigbe Itounou  Olodo


in Hydrobiology from

University of Lomé, Togo

Oberline Fokou Yemata


in Biology/Genetic of plant/Molecular genetic of crop plant from

Centre d'Etude Regional pour l'Amelioration de l'Adaptation a la Secheresse (CERAAS), Senegal

Epiphania Geza


in Bioinformatics from

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Afrah Khairallah


in Cell and Molecular Biology/ Genetics from

Rhodes University, South Africa

Regina Abotsi


in Antibiotic Resistance from 

University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa

Michèle Stella Majoumouo


in Discovery of new plant-derived antiproliferative molecules from

University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Precious M. Tshabalala


in Agricultural Sciences from

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Salma Dafa Allah Ahmed Omer


in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from

University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), South Africa

Zviemurwi Chihambakwe


in Renewable Energy Engineering and Sustainable Development from

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Abeer Abdalla Zakaria Ibrahim


in Wireless Communication Engineering from

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Lydia Mboje Kisula


in Medicinal organic chemistry from

Rhodes University, South Africa

Dora Murielle Rajonhson


in Medical entomology from

Mahidol University, Thailandia

Tsige Yared Atilaw


in Space Physics from

Rhodes University, South Africa

Maureen O. Chijioke-Okere


in Photocatalytic removal of pharmaceutical residues in aqueous systems from

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Maram Ali Ahmed Musa


in Material Science from

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Tsedale Demelash Lebssie


in Crop modelling; agro-meteorology & climate change from

Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS), China

Anna Ntsoaki Nyane


in Pharmacology from

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Manita Aryal


in Agricultural Sciences, Preventive Veterinary Medicine from

Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS), China

Aye Nyein Chan


in Agricultural Sciences from

Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS), China

Yolande Openda

Congo, Dem. Rep.

in Chemistry/photochemistry from

Rhodes University, South Africa


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