TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme 2023

How often does one encounter opportunities that not only champion scientific excellence but also strive to mitigate the 'brain drain' from developing nations? Has the search for a prestigious collaboration been elusive? What if the chance to collaborate with centres of distinction in the South is within grasp? In the year 2023, such a golden opportunity beckons. The TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme is the bridge to this dream.

TWAS, in association with UNESCO and an array of centres of excellence situated in the South, has heralded the advent of its TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme for 2023. This initiative was created with a clear purpose: to fortify research connections across the global South, by facilitating regular visits by proficient researchers to these renowned centres of excellence.

Programme TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme 2023
Collaboration UNESCO, TWAS & 300+ centres of excellence in the South
Benefits Travel expenses, USD $300/month, accommodation, food, facilities
Eligibility PhD or equivalent, Merit-based selection
‍ Preference Women scientists, Isolated institution scientists
✍️ Application Online form, multiple documents required
For More Info TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme official page
Deadline December 4, 2023

A Brief Historical Overview

In 1994, witnessing the rising tide of the ‘brain drain’ phenomenon that beleaguered numerous developing nations, TWAS and UNESCO collaboratively established an Associateship Scheme. Their vision was clear: empower researchers from developing countries with the opportunity to visit and collaborate with premier institutions in the South. As of now, nearly 300 prominent centres of excellence have actively pledged their commitment to this innovative programme.

TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme for Researchers

Benefits of the Associateship

  • Travel Expenses: The Associateship ensures the coverage of the associate’s travel outlays.
  • Monthly Allowance: An additional USD $300 is provided monthly, to cater to miscellaneous local expenses.
  • Facilities by the Host Centre: This includes accommodation, nourishment, and, crucially, the provision of research amenities.

Who is Eligible?

Eligibility is a cornerstone for the programme, ensuring it reaches those best poised to benefit:

  • Academic Excellence: Prospective associates must possess a PhD or an equivalent academic credential.
  • Meritocratic Selection: The programme prides itself on a rigorous selection process, wherein appointments hinge on sheer merit.
  • Prioritisation of Isolated Institutions: Special priority is extended to scientists stemming from remote and isolated academic institutions within developing nations.
  • Empowering Women in Science: Female scientists receive particular encouragement to apply, underscoring the programme’s commitment to gender inclusivity.

How to Apply?

Application procedures have been streamlined for efficiency:

  1. Online Application: Fill out the application form accessible here.
  2. Documentation: During the online application process, be prepared to upload:
    • A scanned version of the applicant’s passport (relevant pages).
    • A supporting statement from the Head of the Home Institution.
    • A concise curriculum vitae (restricted to 4 pages).
    • A comprehensive list of the applicant’s scholarly publications.
    • The PhD certification.
    • Two commendations: sourced from two referees. It’s imperative that one recommendation emanates from an international expert.
    • A fresh invitation letter (from a participating institution), outlining the envisaged duration of the visits and the modalities of the proposed collaboration.

Apply Directly: TWAS-UNESCO Online Application.

For a deeper understanding of this opportunity, explore the official TWAS-UNESCO Associateship Scheme page.

Application Deadline: December 4, 2023.

Note: Prospective candidates are urged to initiate applications well in advance, ensuring they align with the criteria and bolster their chances of selection.

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