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TWAS-icipe Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and TWAS offer three fellowships per year to young scientists from developing countries (other than Kenya) who wish to undertake their PhD studies in Kenya.
Deadline
15 September 2016
Country
Kenya
Level
PhD
Minimum degree held
MSc
Duration
Up to 3 years
Field
01-Agricultural Sciences
02-Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
03-Biological Systems and Organisms
04-Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences
05-Chemical Sciences
Age limit
40
Sandwich option
yes

Programme Details

  • SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in a developing country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period of 12 months.
  • FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship is granted for a period of up to 3 years. Candidates will register for their PhD at any university in a developing country. [NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2016!]
  • For a complete overview of eligible research interests please visit the icipe website: www.icipe.org. Go to RESEARCH and then drill down through the various research areas to see the individual projects. If you are interested in learning more about a research project for a potential ICIPE-TWAS Fellowship, please contact the Lilian Igweta, icipe Training Officer (see contact details below) who will put you in touch with the relevant scientist.
  • The programme envisages only one journey to the host country.
  • Icipe will provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. In addition, Fellowship awardees are entitled to subsidized accommodation.
  • The language of instruction for foreign scholars in icipe is English.

 

Eligibility

Applicants for the full-time postgraduate fellowships must:

  • be permanent residents in a developing country (other than Kenya);
  • be a maximum of between 35 and 40 years of age by 31 December in the year of application;
  • hold a university degree (minimum qualification is a Master's degree);
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to their home country/country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family member;
  • have official acceptance at an eligible department, institution or laboratory at icipe.
  • not hold any temporary or permanent residency in Kenya or any developed country

FULL-TIME FELLOWSHIPS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN 2016!

 

Applicants for sandwich postgraduate fellowships must:

  • be permanent residents in a developing country (other than Kenya);
  • hold a university degree (minimum qualification is a Master’s degree);
  • be registered PhD students in a developing country and provide a 'Registration and No Objection Certificate' from their home university;
  • have a letter of agreement of his/her supervisor in his/her home country and an acceptance letter at an eligible department, institution or laboratory of the icipe. Both the home and the host supervisors are obligated to collaborate, in order to accompany the development of the awardee’s research;
  • there is no age limit for these positions.
  • 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,
  • not hold any temporary or permanent residency in Kenya or any developed country.

 

Submitting your application

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 September of each year.
  • For sandwich fellowships (only if already registered for a PhD in the HOME country), applicants must ensure that the Vice-Chancellor or Registrar of the university sends a signed copy of the 'Registration and No Objection Certificate' on institutional headed paper to TWAS.
  • Registration at a university in Kenya is not the same as preliminary acceptance from ICIPE.  To be eligible you must have a preliminary acceptance letter from ICIPE.
  • Applicants should submit the acceptance letter from the chosen department/lab at ICIPE (ONLY) to TWAS 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 icipe. The subject line must contain ICIPE/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-icipe Postgraduate Fellowship Programme should send their application to TWAS only.

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 are mutually exclusive.

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 Information

TWAS Fellowships Office
ICTP campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Tel:    +39 040 2240314
Fax:     +39 040 2240689
E-mail:     fellowships@twas.org

Ms. Lilian Igweta, Training Officer
Capacity Building and Institutional Development (CB&ID) Programme
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
Duduville, Kasarani - off Thika Road
P.O. Box 30772-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 863 2272
Fax: +254 20 863 2001/2
E-mail: ligweta@icipe.org
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