The TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme 2022 is currently accepting applications.
TWAS has established a Joint Associateship Scheme in partnership with UNESCO and a number of South-based centers of excellence to allow competent researchers from the South to visit these centers on a regular basis.
TWAS established an Associateship Scheme in 1994, in collaboration with UNESCO, to assist combat the brain drain that plagues many poor nations.
The initiative encourages scholars from developing nations to visit centers of excellence in the South on a regular basis.
In the South, about 300 centers of excellence have committed to participate in the initiative.
An associate is hired for three years, during which time he or she is allowed to visit a Center twice for research cooperation.
- The Associateship includes travel costs as well as a monthly donation of USD300 for incidental local expenditures.
- The host center pays the costs of lodging and meals, as well as providing research facilities.
TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme Requirements
- Applicants must have a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree to be considered. Associate assignments are made on the basis of merit and are very competitive.
- Scientists from remote institutions in impoverished nations are given special attention.
- Women scientists are urged to apply in particular.
Application for TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme
Applicants need to upload the following documentation:
- A scanned copy of the applicant’s passport (page containing the applicant’s name and surname), even if it is expired;
- Head of Home Institution Statement of Support;
- The curriculum vitae of the candidate (no more than 4 pages);
- A complete list of the applicant’s publications;
- A doctoral degree
- Two letters of reference from two different referees, one of whom should be a foreign expert;
- A current invitation letter from one of the institutions mentioned in the files accessible here, printed on the host institution’s letterhead paper. It should include the intended visit dates (two to three months for each visit) as well as the suggested collaboration. It should be clear that the applicant and the intended host have discussed the scientific work to be done during the visit and that the conditions for carrying out the work have been agreed upon in terms of the visit’s time and facilities.