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TWAS-CIIT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
The TWAS-CIIT Fellowship Programme for Postgraduate Research offers fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to obtain all or part (sandwich or full-time) of their PhD in natural or social sciences. Duration: minimum of six months to a maximum of 3 years (up to 18 months for a sandwich programme).
31 August 2016
Minimum degree held
Up to 3 years
02-Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
03-Biological Systems and Organisms
05-Chemical Sciences
06-Engineering Sciences
08-Mathematical Sciences
10-Social and Economic Sciences
Age limit
Sandwich option

Programme details

  • TWAS-CIIT Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable in the departments and laboratories of the 7 campuses of the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT).
  • SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period of 18 months.
  • FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may granted for a period of up to 3 years. Candidates will register for their PhD in the relevant department at one of the campuses of CIIT, Pakistan.
  • NEW- CIIT-TWAS Fellowships are also offered in the following social and economic sciences - Development Studies, International Economics, Development Economics, Education and Science Education, Gender Studies, International Relations, Political Science.
  • CIIT will provide a monthly stipend which should be used to cover living costs such as food, accommodation and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.
  • The language of instruction is English.



Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • be nationals of a developing country (other than Pakistan);
  • must not be on site in Pakistan;
  • must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in Pakistan or any developed country;
  • hold an MSc degree in a field of natural sciences;
  • IF applying in a field of eligible social sciences, hold a MSc degree in a field of social sciences;
  • be a maximum age of 35 years by 31 December in the year of application;
  • for SANDWICH Fellowships: be registered PhD students in a developing country and provide the "Registration and No Objection Certificate" from the HOME university (see sample in guidelines);
  • for FULL-TIME Fellowships:  be willing to register at a university in Pakistan;
  • provide a certificate of good health from a qualified medical doctor;
  • provide an official Acceptance Letter from CIIT (see sample Acceptance Letter on page 5). Requests for acceptance must be sent to Dr. Tariq-Ur-Rahman (by e-mail: who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor. In contacting Dr. Tariq-Ur-Rahman, applicants must accompany their request for an Acceptance Letter with copy of their CV and a research proposal outline;
  • provide evidence of proficiency in English, if medium of education was not English;
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.


Submitting your application

  • The call for applications is open from April until 31 August of each year.
  • Applicants must submit an Acceptance Letter from CIIT when applying, or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Reference letters must be on letter-headed paper, SIGNED and sent as attachments via e-mail to TWAS and CIIT. The subject line must contain CIIT/PG and the candidate’s surname. N.B. Only signed reference letters can be accepted. The letters can be submitted either by the referee or by the applicant directly.
  • Applicants to the TWAS-CIIT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme should send a copy of their application (by email) to both TWAS and to CIIT.

Are you a potential applicant for a full-time PhD in a field related to atmospheric science, climate and climate change, hydrology, multi-hazard early-warning or disaster-risk reduction? If so, you may be interested in applying for a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) travel grant as a complement to the PhD fellowship.

Contact details

• TWAS Fellowships Office
ICTP Campus
Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39 040 2240-314
Fax: +39 040 2240-689

• COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT)
Dr. Tariq-Ur-Rahman, Advisor (German Desk), International Office
Park Road, Chak Shahzad
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+9251) 9049 5272
Fax: (+9251) 924 7010


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