" I can boldly declare that OWSD rewarded my brilliance thus giving me recognition and confidence in my professional arena and placed me in national and international scientific communities.”
Mahfuza Begum is now Professor of the Department of Agronomy at the Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.
“The OWSD fellowship has had an immense impact on my professional career. I am the first OWSD awardee from Bangladesh. Without this fellowship I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish a PhD degree abroad. During the period of 2001-2002, there was a scarcity of fellowship and scholarship for the people of least developmed countries due to a lack of network facilities. My age of 34 years was also a potential barrier. Later on, I received the International “OWSD Award” for Young Women Scientists in Biology for the Asia and Pacific region for 2011 sponsored by the Elsevier Foundation. So, I can boldly declare that OWSD rewarded my brilliance thus giving me recognition and confidence in my professional arena and situated me national and international scientific communities.”