OVERVIEW: A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE

TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate. There were 42 Founding Fellows.
The Academy has now 1,223 elected Fellows representing 100 countries, 14 of them Nobel laureates; 152 women comprise 12.4% of the total. Currently 96 scientists from the developing world are serving five-year terms as Young Affiliates, with 31 women accounting for 32.2% of the total. Another 169 scientists are Alumni of the Young Affiliate programme.

TWAS: a snapshot

The strength of TWAS resides in the scientific influence and impact of its global network. In order to extend its reach and impact, the Academy is committed to making its ranks of Fellows and Young Affiliates as diverse as possible. From 2013-2016, women accounted for more than 24% of the new Fellows elected.


* Due to a change in the election schedule, no TWAS Fellows were elected for the year 2017. Learn more.

TWAS: a deeper look

TWAS is a global science academy dedicated to building science in the developing world. Some 85% of its elected Fellows are from developing countries, and they work across all fields. In recent years TWAS has expanded representation to countries that had few or no members: Fellows have been elected from such countries as the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Finland and Kazakhstan, while Young Affiliates have been selected from Costa Rica, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea and Yemen.

TWAS: a worldwide network

TWAS: a snapshot

The strength of TWAS resides in the scientific influence and impact of its global network. In order to extend its reach and impact, the Academy is committed to making its ranks of Fellows and Young Affiliates as diverse as possible. From 2013-2016, women accounted for more than 24% of the new Fellows elected.

TWAS: a deeper look

TWAS is a global science academy dedicated to building science in the developing world. Some 85% of its elected Fellows are from developing countries, and they work across all fields. In recent years TWAS has expanded representation to countries that had few or no members: Fellows have been elected from such countries as the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Finland and Kazakhstan, while Young Affiliates have been selected from Costa Rica, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea and Yemen.

TWAS: a worldwide network