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.
As of the start of 2022 the Academy had 1,339 elected Fellows representing 108 countries, 12 of them Nobel laureates; 211 women comprise 15.8% of the total. Currently 124 scientists from the developing world are serving five- or six-year terms as Young Affiliates, with 68 women accounting for 55% of the total. Another 265 scientists are Alumni of the Young Affiliate programme.

TWAS: a snapshot

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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

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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