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The 2023 TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Scientists from Advancing Countries

The 2023 TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Scientists from Advancing Countries

The 2023 TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Scientists from Advancing Countries

The 2023 TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is a corporate initiative between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) that is aimed at issuing postdoctoral opportunities to young scientists from advancing countries. The fellowship is available to scientists who are citizens and residents of an advancing country, who may possess a PhD degree in a scientific field, and who are below 45 years of age. The fellowship is tenable at any CSIR research institute in India for a minimum duration of six months to a maximum duration of twelve months.

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The major objective of the fellowship is to grant young scientists with the opportunity to develop their research skills and to corporate with researchers in India. The fellowship covers the following expenses: monthly stipend, accommodation, medical insurance, and return airfare.

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Eligibility for The 2023 TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme:

Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a maximum age of 45 years on 31 December of the application year.
  • Be nationals of a developing country (other than India).
  • Hold a PhD degree in a field of science or technology.
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in India or any developed country.
  • Be regularly employed in a developing country and hold a research assignment.
  • Be accepted at a CSIR laboratory/institution and provide an official acceptance letter from the host institution (see sample Acceptance Letter that can be downloaded below or included in the application form).  N.B. Requests for acceptance must be directed to the chosen CSIR host institution(s), with copy to the CSIR contact person.  This will allow CSIR to monitor requests and offer support or assistance in finding  suitable host institution(s), if necessary;
  • Provide evidence of proficiency in English, if medium of education was not English;
  • 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;
  • Be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

Benefits

  • CSIR will provide a monthly stipend to cover for living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. In addition, Fellowship awardees are entitled to subsidized accommodation.

Application Procedure

  • Applicants should submit the Acceptance Letter from a CSIR institution to CSIR and TWAS when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Applications for the TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme can ONLY be submitted to TWAS via the online portal and copy of the submitted application must be sent to CSIR by email. A tutorial on how to use the online application form is available below for download.
  • 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.

Results of the fellowship selection should be available in early 2024, and selected candidates will be able to start their fellowship NO earlier than mid 2024.

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Application Deadline: 15 September 2023

The 2023 TWAS-CSIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Scientists from Advancing Countries

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