2021 TWAS-IsDB Young Refugee and Displaced Scientists Programme for Women.
The World Academy of Sciences (UNESCO-TWAS) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) launch the 2021 Young Refugee and Displaced Scientists Programme for Women.

The World Academy of Sciences (UNESCO-TWAS) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) are seeking nominations for the Young Refugee and Displaced Scientists Programme for Women. The deadline for receiving applications is 20 August 2021.

The Programme is aimed at supporting talented young female scientists up to around 40 years of age from one of the IsDB member countries and who are currently refugees or displaced. The programme fosters gender equality and supports the participation of displaced women in science. 

Candidates selected will be elected as TWAS Young Affiliates. The affiliateship status lasts for six years; in addition, the new Young Affiliates will be granted membership to the prestigious TWAS Young Affiliates Network (TYAN).

During their six-year tenure Young Affiliates are, among other things, invited to attend the TWAS General Meetings, conferences and panels, and may receive invitations to the regional meetings of TWAS Fellows organized by the Regional Partners.  As members of TYAN, affiliates are invited to actively contribute to the Network, which offers access to many competitive opportunities such as the TYAN Collaborative Grants Awards, TYAN International Thematic Workshops, and the newly established TYAN Outreach Programme. Young Affiliates are also eligible for TWAS Awards. For details on the TWAS Young Affiliates Programme, visit: http://tyan.twas.org/

Candidates selected in the 2021 TWAS-IsDB Young Refugee and Displaced Scientists Programme for Women will also be able to take part in Science in Exile: this initiative aims to create a network of like-minded organizations that will work together to develop a global platform and roll out a coordinated advocacy campaign, in order to foster a cohesive response for the support and integration of refugee, displaced and at-risk scientists.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the 2021 TWAS-IsDB Young Refugee and Displaced Scientists Programme for Women must be women only and:

1. Be up to around 40 years of age.

2. Be a national, former national, or stateless person from one of the IsDB member countries.

2. Have been forced to leave her home country or city.

3. Hold a PhD.

Please note that the selection of candidates will take into consideration age, academic profile and geographical representation.

To apply, please:

  1. Complete the form in English at: https://forms.office.com/r/gR1tKBmka6
  2. Send your CV in English (with list of publications, if any) to displacedscientists@twas.org indicating in the email subject line: “Application TWAS-IsDB RDS Programme for Women”.

Applications with no CV will be deemed ineligible.

The deadline for receiving applications is 20 August 2021 (11.59 p.m., Rome time).

Applicants will be informed of the results of the evaluation process at the end of 2021.

For queries, please contact displacedscientists@twas.org

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