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TWAS Postgraduate Research Grants in Basic Sciences for Developing Countries 2012

Scholarship Name: TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences

Brief description

PhD Research Grants for Scientists and Researchers from Africa and other Developing Countries for research project in Basic Sciences 2012

Accepted Subject Areas?

Research Projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics

About Scholarship

The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences was established in response to the needs of promising young researchers in developing countries, particularly those attached to institutions that lack appropriate research facilities.

Under the scheme, research grants are awarded to high-level promising research projects in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics carried out by either individual scientists or research units in the 81 S&T-lagging countries (S&TLCs) identified by TWAS (see link below) to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity.

Scholarship Offered Since: 1985

By what Criteria is Selection Made?

The programme aims to:

  • Reinforce and promote scientific research in basic sciences in developing countries;
  • Strengthen developing countries’ endogenous capacity in science;
  • Reduce the exodus of scientific talents from the South part of the globe;
  • Build and sustain units of scientific excellence in S&TLC over a longer period to help them achieve a critical mass of highly qualified and innovative scientists capable of addressing real-life problems facing their countries.

Who is qualified to apply?

Individual applicants must:

  • Be nationals of developing countries including African.
  • Hold a PhD, be at the beginning of their careers, but already have some research experience.
  • Hold a position at a university or research institution in one of the 80  S&TLCs (see eligible countries below).
  • As a general rule, the grants are awarded to competent scientists under the age of 45 years.

Applying research units must:

  • Be led by a renowned researcher who is a national of a developing country, who holds a PhD and who has good research experience.
  • Operate within a university or a research institution in one of the 80  S&TLCs and consist of a core number of research scientists, postgraduate students and technicians.
  • There is no age limit for unit leaders.

Individual scientists and research unit leaders who submit a satisfactory final report on a previous grant may apply for a renewal.

How Many Scholarships are available? Not Specified

What are the benefits?

Research Grants to individual scientists amount to a maximum of US$15,000.

Research Grants to research units amount to a maximum of US$30,000.

The grants may be used to purchase scientific equipment, consumables and specialized literature (textbooks and proceedings only). They do not cover salaries of researchers and/or students, field expenses, travel expenses or participation in international conferences.

How long will sponsorship last?

The grants are normally provided for a period of 18 months

Eligible African and Developing Countries

Visit the following link to see the eligible 81 science-and-technology-lagging countries (S&TLC)

To be taken at (country): Scientists’ or Researchers’ home institution

What time of year does Application Close?

Application Deadline is 31 August 2012

Offered annually? Yes

How can I Apply?

Download the application form from the link below and complete it on your computer.

Applications should preferably be submitted by e-mail to mahdavi[at]twas.org. Since the first page of the application must bear the handwritten signatures of the applicant and the head of the applicant’s institution, please print the page after completing it, sign it/have it signed, and then attach it as a scanned image or PDF-document to your application.

An ideal application consists of one e-mail message with one attached zipped file that bears the applicant’s surname as filename and contains:

  • the completed application form;
  • the scanned image of the signed first page of the form;
  • a separate document with the detailed curriculum vitae, if the applicant is an individual researcher
  • as many separate documents with the detailed curricula vitae as there are scientists working in the unit (except the students), if the applicant is a research unit
  • a separate document with the full list of publications, if the applicant is an individual researcher
  • as many separate documents with the full lists of publications as there are scientists working in the unit (except the students), if the applicant is a research unit

How can I get more information?

If you need more Information about this scholarship, kindly visit the Scholarship Webpage


The programme is generously supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Italian government.

Important Notes:

The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences complements that of the International Foundation for Science (IFS). The two organizations maintain close contact to ensure the complementarity of the two schemes and to avoid duplication.

Proposals focusing on more applied research should be submitted to IFS. Thus, projects submitted to TWAS that relate to applications in agriculture or medicine or that use existing techniques to screen, for example, medicinal plants for bioactive substances or to monitor an environment for pollutants will be rejected.

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