The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – for the advancement of science in developing countries, is an international science academy, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. In 1991, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) assumed responsibility for administering TWAS.
With the world’s largest South-South
PhD and post-doctoral research fellowship programme, TWAS helps early-career
researchers to gain education and experience at top global science
institutions. TWAS currently has about 160 PhD fellowships with 8 partners in
six countries, and about 100 postdoctoral fellowships with 9 partners in five
From 2018 all applications can only be
submitted via the online portal once the call is open.
Please use the “Apply now”
button at the bottom of each programme page to start your application once the
call is open.
Both the opening and closing dates
will be mentioned on each individual programme page.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for
the preliminary acceptance letter as early as possible, even before the opening
date of the call. Keeping in mind that only Acceptance letters dated the same
year as the year of application are eligible.
Please be advised that
applicants may apply for only one programme per 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 programmes. One exception: The head
of an institution who invites an external scholar to share his/her expertise
under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes may still apply for another
Click the links below to get an
overview of all fellowship opportunities, both for postgraduates wishing to
earn a PhD (PhD fellowships), and for those candidates interested in