Scholarships & Fellowships
TWAS Exchange Programmes
Description: TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, represents the best of science in the developing world. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South. TWAS is an autonomous international organization, founded in Trieste, Italy in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. Originally named "Third World Academy of Sciences", it was officially launched by the then-secretary general of the United Nations, Javier Perez de Cuellar, in 1985. Since its inception, TWAS's operational expenses have largely been covered by generous contributions of the Italian government. The Academy's more than 700 Fellows and Associate Fellows are elected from among the world's most distinguished scientists. The secretariat is located on the premises of The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy.Since 1986 TWAS has supported scientific research in 100 countries in the South through a variety of programmes. More than 2,000 eminent scientists worldwide, including TWAS members, peer review proposals free-of-charge for research grants, fellowships and awards that are submitted to the Academy by scientists and institutions in developing countries.

Overview of Exchange Programmes:
For Post-Graduate Training
Tenable in Field Age limit Programme Deadline
Brazil Natural sciences 30 years Doctoral Fellowships in Brazil Leading to a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences
The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and TWAS offer fellowships in natural sciences for foreign scientists from developing countries (other than Brazil) for students wishing to earn a Ph.D. in natural sciences. Travel expenses of visitors are covered by TWAS while living expenses are provided by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology through CNPq.
31 August each year
China Natural sciences 35 years CAS-TWAS Fellowships for Postgraduate Research in China
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China and TWAS offer fellowships in natural sciences for Master's degree holders from developing countries (other than China) wishing to undertake the last year of their Ph.D research in China. Travel expenses of visitors are covered by TWAS while living expenses are provided by CAS.
31 August each year
For Postdoctoral Research
Tenable in Field Age limit Programme Deadline
Brazil Natural sciences 40 years Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research in Brazil
The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and TWAS offer fellowships in natural sciences for Ph.D. holders from developing countries (other than Brazil) wishing to do postdoctoral research in Brazil. Travel expenses of visitors are covered by TWAS while living expenses are provided by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology through CNPq.
31 August each year
China Natural sciences 40 years CAS-TWAS Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research in China
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China, and TWAS offer fellowships to Ph.D. holders from developing countries (other than China) wishing to pursue postdoctoral research in natural sciences in China. Travel expenses of visitors are covered by TWAS while living expenses are provided by CAS.
31 August each year
For Advanced Research
Tenable in Field Age limit Programme Deadline

Various developing countries
Natural sciences no TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training
TWAS provides travel support to scientists in developing countries to enable them to spend between 3 and 12 months at a research institution in a developing country other than their own. The fellowship includes a contribution towards subsistence costs up to US$300.00 per month. Living expenses are borne by local sources.
1 October each year
China Natural sciences 55 years CAS-TWAS Fellowships for Visiting Scholars in China
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China and TWAS offer fellowships to scientists from developing countries (other than China) who wish to pursue advanced research in natural sciences. Travel expenses of visitors are covered by TWAS while living expenses are provided by CAS
31 August each year
For Research Collaboration
Tenable in Field Age limit Programme Deadline
Various developing countries Natural sciences no TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme
In collaboration with UNESCO and a number of centres of excellence in the South, TWAS has instituted a Joint Associateship Scheme to enable competent researchers from the South to visit these centres regularly. An associate is appointed for three years during which he/she can visit a Centre twice for research collaboration. Over 100 centres have been selected to participate in the Scheme. TWAS provides travel support for the associates and a contribution towards subsistence costs up to US$300.00 per month while living expenses are covered by the host centres
1 December each year
Various developing countries Natural sciences other than mathematics and physics no ICSU-TWAS-UNESCO-UNU/IAS Visiting Scientist Programme
This programme provides institutions and research groups in developing countries, especially the Least Developed Countries and those with limited outside contacts, with the opportunity to establish long-term links with world leaders in areas of science other than mathematics and physics, and so help develop capacity-building in their country.
1 October 2006
Contact: Postal Address :TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World,
c/o The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) ,Strada Costiera 11, 34014 Trieste,Italy

TWAS Regional Office: TWAS Regional Office for Central and South Asia (ROCASA) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, India Coordinator: V. Krishnan - e-mail: bangalore@twas.org - website: [in preparation]
Source: http://www.twas.org/