Postdoctoral Fellowships

Through TWAS fellowships—lasting from three months to three years—scientists from developing countries who have recently earned their PhD can gain invaluable experience working with prominent colleagues in other developing countries

To expedite the submission of your application, please, follow the recommendation below:

  • Applications can be submitted only through the online portal and only once the call for the programme of your choice is open
  • To start your application, use the "Apply now" button at the bottom of the programme of your choice
  • Candidates need to upload, along with their application, a preliminary acceptance letter issued in the same year of the application itself by their chosen host institution. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the acceptance letter from the chosen host institutions as early as possible, even before the opening date of the call of the programme of their choice
  • The opening and closing dates of each programme are specified on each programme page
  • Applicants may apply for only one programme per calendar year in the TWAS and OWSD portfolio
  • Applicants may not visit another institution in that year under any other TWAS programme.
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The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, and TWAS have established a fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in biotechnology.

Deadline
Host countries
Minimum degree held
PhD
Duration
Minimum of 12 and maximum of 18 months
Age limit
45
Sandwich option
No

The Research Support Foundation of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) in Brazil and TWAS offer postdoctoral fellowships to researchers from Least Developed Countries (LDC), in all areas of natural, applied and social sciences.

Deadline
Eligible nationalities Least developed countries
Host countries

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TÜBİTAK) and TWAS have established a fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing countries in the South who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in a field of the natural and related applied sciences in the departments and laboratories of public and private universities of Türkiye (Turkey) and TÜBİTAK Research Centers and Institutes.

The Lahore University of Management Sciences, (LUMS), Pakistan — and TWAS offer fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in the Natural Sciences and Engineering in Pakistan.

Deadline
Partner Organizations
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Eligible nationalities
Host countries
Minimum degree held
PhD
Duration
Minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months
Age limit
45
Sandwich option
No

For young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in physical sciences in departments and laboratories of the National Centre for Physics (NCP) in Islamabad.

The call is closed
Host countries
Minimum degree held
PhD (in last 5 years)
Duration
Minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months
Age limit
None
Sandwich option
No

For young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in organic chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular medicine, pharmacology or physical chemistry at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) — comprising the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and the Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular and Drug Research in Karachi, Pakistan.

Minimum degree held
PhD
Duration
Minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months
Age limit
45
Sandwich option
No

The S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Science in Kolkata, India, and TWAS have established a fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in physical sciences.

Minimum degree held
PhD
Duration
Minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 months
Age limit
45
Sandwich option
No

For young scientists from developing countries (other than India) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in emerging areas in science and technology for which facilities are available in laboratories and institutes of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India.

The TWAS-CUI Fellowship Programme for Postdoctoral Research offers fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in natural or social sciences. Duration: from a minimum of six months to a maximum of 12 months.

The call is closed
Partner Organizations
Host countries
Minimum degree held
PhD (in last 5 years)
Duration
Minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months
Age limit
None
Sandwich option
No

For young scientists from developing countries (other than Thailand) who wish to pursue advanced research in the biotechnology at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in Thailand.

Call not opening in 2023
Eligible nationalities
Host countries
Minimum degree held
PhD
Duration
Minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months
Age limit
40
Sandwich option
No

UNESCO-TWAS has partnered with the Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (COMSTECH) for the UNESCO-TWAS – COMSTECH Science in Exile Fellowship Programme for displaced and refugee scholars and scientists.
The Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme aims to provide displaced and refugee scientists who have not yet found a safe and long-term host country to pursue postdoctoral studies in Pakistan, at institutions members of the COMSTECH Consortium of Excellence (CCoE).

Early-career researchers from the 21 least developed member countries of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) are eligible for an ambitious new postdoctoral programme offered by IsDB and TWAS. The fellowships support research related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, providing recipients with high-level training in areas relevant to sustainability science.

The call is closed
Partner Organizations
Eligible nationalities
Host countries
Minimum degree held
PhD
Duration
From 3 to 6 months
Age limit
45
Sandwich option
No