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TWAS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme
The National Council for Science and Technology (CONACyT), Mexico City, Mexico, and TWAS offer fellowships for scientists from developing countries (other than Mexico) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in the natural sciences.
15 September 2016
Minimum degree held
PhD 5 - years
Minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 months
01-Agricultural Sciences
02-Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
03-Biological Systems and Organisms
04-Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences
05-Chemical Sciences
06-Engineering Sciences
07-Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
08-Mathematical Sciences
Age limit
Sandwich option

Programme Details

  • TWAS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable at  research centers and institutions of higher education and research in Mexico recognized by CONACYT, for a minimum period of six to a maximum period of twelve months and are awarded to  scientists from developing countries (other than Mexico) to enable them to pursue advanced research in the natural sciences and related fields.
  • All major public and private institutions of higher education and research centers in Mexico are recognized by CONACYT. See list below (under application forms): For more information on eligible institutions please contact CONACYT’s contact person indicated below. 
  • CONACYT will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation and food.
  • CONACYT will also provide a fixed amount for mandatory health insurance coverage.
  • Important:  Successful applicants must obtain a temporal resident student visa before arriving to Mexico, in order to receive the fellowship. CONACYT will not provide the fellowship to grantees travelling to Mexico on a tourist visa.


Applicants for these Fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a PhD degree in a field of natural sciences;
  • Apply for the fellowship within five years of having obtained a PhD degree in a field of the natural sciences;
  • Be nationals of a developing country (other than Mexico);
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in Mexico or any developed country;
  • Be regularly employed in a developing country (other than Mexico) and hold a research assignment there;
  • Provide an official Acceptance Letter from the  Mexican institution recognized by CONACYT (see sample Acceptance Letter, page 5). N.B. Requests for acceptance must be directed to the chosen host institution(s), and NOT to CONACYT; a sample Acceptance Letter is included in the application form which can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page.
  • Prove knowledge of Spanish or provide a certificate of proficiency in English (if these languages are not the candidate’s mother tongue).
  • 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 deadline for receipt of applications is 15 September.
  • Applicants should submit the acceptance letter from an eligible Mexican host institution to TWAS when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Reference letters: Referees must send signed letters as attachment via e-mail directly to TWAS. The subject line must contain: CONACYT/PDoc/the candidate’s surname.
  • Applicants to the TWAS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme should send their application only to TWAS.
  • Applicants should be aware that they may apply for only one TWAS fellowship per year.
  • Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one fellowship per year. With the exception of the Visiting Scientists programme, all other fellowship programmes offered by TWAS and OWSD are mutually exclusive.


Contact Details

TWAS Fellowships Office
ICTP campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39 040 2240 314
Fax: +39 040 2240 689

Mtro. Rodrigo Bueno Romo
Subdirector de Cooperación Científica Internacional
Dirección de Planeación de Ciencia
Dirección Adjunta de Desarrollo Científico
Tel. +52 (55) 5322 7700 / Ext. 4080, +52 (55) 5322 7740
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