Full Funded TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training

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Full Funded TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training

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TWAS offers fellowships to young scientists in developing countries to enable them to spend three to 12 months at a research institution in a developing country other than their own. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the research capacity of promising scientists, especially those at the beginning of their research career, helping them to foster links for further collaboration.


  • The fellowships are for research and advanced training. They are offered to young scientists holding at least an MSc or equivalent degree.
  • Eligible applicants for the fellowships are young scientists working in any area of natural sciences who are citizens of a developing country and are employed by a research institution in a developing country.
  • There is no age limit. However, preference is given to young scientists at the beginning of their research career and those working in the least Developed Countries.
  • Lists of possible host institutions divided by field are available here. These lists are only a suggestion and institutions that are not included are acceptable as long as they are in a developing country.
  • Institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China, are not eligible host institutions under this program. Applicants interested in conducting a fellowship in China are required to check whether their chosen host is a CAS institute. Applicants wishing to attend a CAS institute should either apply to the CAS-TWAS President’s Postgraduate Fellowship Programme or consider the CAS Fellowships for Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars from Developing Countries.

Terms of the Fellowships:

  • The fellowships are offered for a minimum of three months and a maximum of twelve months.
  • TWAS covers international low-cost airfare plus a contribution towards subsistence amounting to a maximum of USD 300 per month. No other costs will be provided by TWAS.
  • The host institution is expected to provide accommodation and food as well as research facilities.

Fellowships are awarded by the TWAS Fellowships Committee on the basis of scientific merit.

Required Documents:

  • Scanned copy of the student's passport, even if expired (page with his name and surname).
  • CV, maximum of five pages including publications.
  • Supporting Statement from Head of Home Institution.
  • Two reference letters of senior scientists familiar with the student work. Applicant should note that the Head of his Home Institution cannot be one of his referees.
  • MSc certificate and relevant university transcripts.
  • Official invitation letter from the Head of the Host Institute.


  • Applicant should note that the Fellowships are provided for South-South visits only, i.e. for visits by researchers from developing countries to institutions in other developing countries.
  • Applicants may apply for only one program per the calendar year in the TWAS and OWSD portfolio. Applicants will not be eligible to visit another institution in that year under the TWAS Visiting Professor programs. One exception: the head of an institution who invites an external scholar to share his/her expertise under the TWAS Visiting Professor programs may still apply for another program.

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Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Comoros, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Palestine, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Both gender
Research, Studying

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Graduate Students
Partial funding
Opportunity Coverage
Travel costs, Accommodation, Food, Stipend/ Living allowance
Opportunity will take place in
Not specified
Required Documents
CV, Transcript of Records, Degree Certificate, Copy of Passport, Recommendation Letter, others

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
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Educational Level
Required Languages
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