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TWAS-NRF Fellowship

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Open for nationals of developing countries

icon  The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

icon 07 Jun 2016

icon Partial Funding, Standard monthly allowance

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Details about TWAS-NRF Fellowship

TWAS-NRF Fellowship is offered for Post Doc degree in the field of Natural Sciences. You can apply to this scholarship here. The deadline for the sending your application is 07 Jun 2016. This scholarship is provided by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the value of this scholarship is Partial Funding, Standard monthly allowance . This scholarship is open for: Open for nationals of developing countries.

  • Deadline: 07 Jun 2016
  • Scholarship value: Partial Funding, Standard monthly allowance

Applications are invited for the NRF–TWAS postdoctoral fellowship programme available for scientists from developing countries (other than South Africa). TWAS-NRF Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a minimum period of six months to a maximum period of three years. NRF will provide travel to and from South Africa, a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance.

Eligibility:

Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • be nationals of a developing country (other than South Africa);
  • must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in South Africa or any developed country;
  • must have obtained  a PhD degree in a field of natural sciences;
  • apply for the fellowship within five (5) years of having obtained a PhD degree in a field of the natural sciences;
  • be a regular employee in a developing country (other than South Africa) and hold a research assignment there;
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship;
  • provide an official letter from a host South African institution, department or laboratory and motivation from the applicant’s host;
  • proof of  knowledge of English is preferable, if language of instruction was not English*;
  • present a detailed research project that must be registered and approved by the host institution  and provide a letter of support from the prospective host supervisor;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

*Preference will be given to applicants that meet the following requirements of the English Language Proficiency Academic test: IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); or TOEFL (paper) 575 (TWE 4.5); or TOEFL iBIT (min. 20); or Cambridge minimum 58.

Duration of award(s): TWAS-NRF Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a minimum period of six months to a maximum period of three years.

Updated on: 21 Oct, 2016

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More about The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences, until 2004 named Third World Academy of Sciences and TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world before September 2012, is a merit-based science academy uniting 1,000 scientists in some 70 countries. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South (see North-South divide). Its headquarters are located on the premises of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. TWAS was founded in 1983 under the leadership of the Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan by a group of distinguished scientists who were determined to do something about the dismal state of scientific research in developing countries. Although developing countries account for 80% of the world’s population, only 28% of the world's scientists hail from these countries. This fact reflects the lack of innovative potential necessary to solve real-life problems affecting poor nations. A chronic lack of funds for research often forces scientists in developing countries into intellectual isolation, jeopardizing their careers, their institutions and, ultimately, their nations. Scientists in developing countries tend to be poorly paid and gain little respect for their work because the role that scientific research can play in development efforts is underestimated. This in turn leads to brain drain in favour of the North that further impoverishes the South. Research institutions and universities in the South are under-funded, forcing scientists to work in difficult conditions and often with outdated equipment. The founding members of TWAS therefore decided to set up an organization that would help to: Recognize, support and promote excellence in scientific research in the South; Provide promising scientists in the South with research facilities necessary for the advancement of their work; Facilitate contacts between individual scientists and institutions in the South; Encourage South-North cooperation between individuals and centres of scholarship; Promote scientific research on major developing countries problems. Since its inception, TWAS's operational expenses have largely been covered by generous contributions of the Italian government; since 1991 UNESCO has been responsible for the administration of TWAS finance and staff on the basis of an agreement signed by the director general of UNESCO and the president of TWAS.

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  2. When is the deadline of TWAS-NRF Fellowship?

    The deadline of TWAS-NRF Fellowship is 07 Jun 2016

  3. For which degree is TWAS-NRF Fellowship offered for?

    TWAS-NRF Fellowship is offered to Post Doc degree

  4. For which field is TWAS-NRF Fellowship offered for?

    TWAS-NRF Fellowship is offered for Natural Sciences

  5. Who can apply for TWAS-NRF Fellowship?

    TWAS-NRF Fellowship is open for: Open for nationals of developing countries

  6. Who is offering TWAS-NRF Fellowship?

    TWAS-NRF Fellowship is offered by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

  7. What is the funding covered in TWAS-NRF Fellowship?

    TWAS-NRF Fellowship Covers Partial Funding, Standard monthly allowance

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