Deadline: 1 October 2015

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 Least Developed Countries.
  • Institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China, are not eligible host institutions under this programme. Applicants interested in conducting a fellowship in China are required to check whether their chosen host is a CAS institute. For a complete list of CAS institutes, see: . 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.

Application and Selection Procedure

  • Fellowships are awarded by the TWAS Fellowships Committee on the basis of scientific merit.
  • Applications should be completed in English.
  • Part 1 of the application form should be completed by the applicant and the head of the applicant’s HOME institution, and sent to theTWAS secretariat. Material requested:
    1. the completed application form;
    2. passport-style photograph as a separate JPEG file;
    3. copy of passport page giving personal details (even if expired);
    4. the applicant’s curriculum vitae;
    5. full list of publications (do not enclose reprints of articles!);
    6. letters of recommendation submitted separately to TWAS by two referees who are familiar with the applicant’s work.
  • Part 2 must be sent by the applicant to the head of the institution he/she intends to visit, together with a copy of Part 1 (for information). Part 2 should then be completed by the head of the host institution and sent to the TWAS secretariat. NB: Applications cannot be considered unless Part 2 has been completed by the head of the host institute.
  • Only for applicants selecting the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, India, as their host choice: please direct the request for Part 2 to Prof. Chakrabarti (Dean, Academic Programme by email:, accompanying your request with a copy of your CV, research proposal and two reference letters.
  • The deadline for receipt of applications (Parts 1 and 2) is 1 October of each year.
  • Applications should be sent to:
    TWAS Exchanges Office
    ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11
    34151 Trieste, Italy
    Phone: +39 040 2240-330
    Fax: +39 040 2240-689


  • 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.
  • Applications that are unsigned, incomplete, illegible or filled out in a language other than English cannot be accepted.
  • Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one TWAS or OWSD fellowship per year. With the exception of the Visiting Scientists programme, all other fellowship programmes offered by TWAS and OWSD are mutually exclusive.

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Head of Cooperation at the EU, Mr. Theo Hoorntje (Right) at the RUFORUM tent during the exhibition attended to by Mrs. Uwituze Solange and Mrs. Mkandawire Sylvia (left) from the RUFORUM Secretariat.

The European Union recognizes knowledge and innovations as key ingredients for economic and social development. At a recent visibility event held at Makerere University in Uganda, Mr. Theo Hoorntje, Head of Cooperation at the European Union delegation to Uganda, pledged support to higher education through academic mobility between countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific regions including exchange programmes with academic institutions in Europe.

This event, reinforced the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)’s role as a dynamic regional platform fostering collaboration, coordination and learning amongst its member universities. Through the exhibition, various European Union funded projects showcased their interventions in the areas of institutional capacity building, innovative and collaborative graduate mentorships programs, enhanced research linked to farmer needs and universities working with communities to address development issues.

“International mobility of students is the most widespread and powerful vehicle for internationalisation for higher education, and more and more students are willing to gain international experiences” said Mr. Hoorntje while addressing the audience. In its strategy, the European Union recognises the importance of people – to – people contact.

“Students and staff mobility is at the heart of the European Union higher education programmes, which help universities set up partnerships to manage mobility, and provide scholarships such as under the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme[1] and the Erasmus+[2]”. Mr. Hoorntje.

Since 2004, more than 100 Ugandan students and staff have benefited from the Erasmus Mundus program to undertake masters and PhD studies or to teach, benefiting from full scholarships. The scholarships help to develop a highly–trained academic pool with international experience benefiting from the high quality courses and professional skills. At the event, Ms. Lorenza Gambacorta, the Programme Manager Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission from Brussels made a public presentation about the Erasmus+ opportunities available for Africa.

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[1] The Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme offer scholarships for students and academics from Uganda to carry out studies, research or teaching in another African country.

[2] Erasmus+ offer scholarships to carry out studies at a range of academic levels in European universities. One can study for a part of their degree in Europe or follow an entire degree in Europe (


Deadline: 6th June 2015
3­–year doctoral training in insect sciences for development

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, requests applications for doctoral research scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).

icipe is an international scientific research institute, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya that works towards improving lives and livelihoods of people in Africa. The centre’s main objective is to research and develop alternative and environmentally-friendly pest and vector management strategies that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and which are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. icipe‘s mandate also extends to the conservation and use of the rich insect biodiversity found in Africa. icipe works in a holistic and integrated approach through a 4-H paradigm – Human, Animal, Plant and Environmental Health – with the aim of improving the overall health of communities in tropical Africa by addressing the interlinked problems of poverty, poor health, low agricultural productivity and degradation of the environment (for more information go to

DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation, and offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education. They also represent the German higher education system abroad, promoting Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build links between institutions around the world (for more information go to

ARPPIS PhD Programme

Capacity building of individual researchers and institutions in Africa is an integral part of icipe’s research and development activities. icipe‘s Capacity Building Programme aims to promote the development and use of sustainable arthropod management technologies by enhancing the research and training capabilities of countries in Africa. ARPPIS is a partnership with African universities – with financial support from DAAD – offering three-year doctoral research scholarships aimed at preparing young researchers from Africa for regional leadership roles, as well as internationally competitive research careers, in arthropod-related sciences.

At icipe ARPPIS scholars are provided with excellent research conditions in an interdisciplinary environment within a structured, three-year training programme that includes research, training, and participation in scientific meetings and international conferences. Scholars conduct their research at icipe’s laboratories and field sites located in various agro-ecological zones.

  • Twelve DAAD-ARPPIS PhD scholarships are available in 2015.
  • Scholarships cover all costs of the PhD programme, including travel, living expenses, medical insurance, university fees, and research and training costs. Financial support for the scholarships is provided in part by DAAD and also by icipe.
  • Successful candidates will carry out their research in selected projects at icipe (see Annex 1 for a list of Eligible Projects and specific applicant requirements).
  • Successful candidates will develop a full proposal and register with an ARPPIS partner university in Africa after they commence their PhD programme at icipe.
  • The PhD programme will commence in September 2015.

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