PhD and Postdoctoral Research fellowships are crucial for building scientific strength in developing countries.


  • From 2018 all applications can only be submitted via the online portal once the call is open.
  • Please use the "Apply now" button at the bottom of each programme page to start your application once the call is open.
  • Both the opening and closing dates will be mentioned on each individual programme page.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply for the preliminary acceptance letter as early as possible, even before the opening date of the call. Keeping in mind that only Acceptance letters dated the same year as the year of application are eligible.
  • Please be advised that applicants may apply for only one programme per calendar year in the TWAS and OWSD portfolio. Applicants will not be eligible to visit another institution in that year under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes. One exception: The head of an institution who invites an external scholar to share his/her expertise under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes may still apply for another programme.
  • Click the links below to get an overview of all fellowship opportunities, both for postgraduates wishing to earn a PhD (PhD fellowships), and for those candidates interested in postdoctoral fellowships.
Research Grants
Funding helps researchers in the developing world to purchase lab equipment and supplies.

TWAS research grants fund several programmes that support:


  •   •  Researchers in developing countries, allowing them to purchase specialized equipment and consumable supplies, and
  •   •  Support Master of Science students.


The calls for 2021 TWAS Research Grants in Basic Sciences—one for individuals and one for groups—are currently open. The links to apply online will no longer be active once the two call close, on 14 April, at 11.59 p.m., Rome time.


Scientific Meetings
Grants support high-level international and regional scientific meetings in developing countries.

TWAS offers financial assistance to the organizers of international and regional scientific conferences, workshops, symposia and special meetings in the developing world. 

Prizes and Awards
TWAS honours are among the most prestigious given for research in the developing world
Visiting Scientists
Share your projects and your expertise in developing nations as a visiting researcher or professor.
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