Scientific Research Cooperation Exchange Programme in Italy 2020

Date limite : 09 sept. 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: The World Academy of Sciences

Spécialités: sciences

Niveau d'études: Troisième cycle

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Scientific Research Cooperation Exchange Programme in Italy 2020

TWAS, in collaboration with the Lincei Academy and SISSA, offers young scientists from Least Developed Countries the opportunity to visit research laboratories in Italy, such as SISSA, to carry out research work in scientific fields. The purpose of these exchange fellowships is two-fold:

  1. to enhance the research capacity of promising scientists, especially those at the beginning of their research career.
  2. to catalyze the formation of research links for further collaboration between scientists from different countries.


The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, through TWAS, will cover travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Italy. 


  1. Applicants must be a maximum age of 40 years on 31 December of the application year.
  2. Applicants must hold an MSc(or higher degree).
  3. Applicants must be nationals of a Least Developed Country (please see the United Nations definition for eligible countries from here)
  4. Applicants must hold a research position in a Least Developed Country.
  5. Particular attention will be given to research projects that fall under the umbrella of sustainability science.
  6. Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.
  7. Applicants already on site in the host country are not eligible.
  8. Only applications in the scientific fields specified below and listed in the application form will be considered.

Scientific Fields:

Applications will only be considered if in the eligible fields indicated below.

  • Physics
  • Neuroscience 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science  
  • COVID-related projects

Application and Selection Procedure:

  • Fellowships are awarded by the Selection Committee on the basis of scientific merit.
  • Applications should be completed in English.
  • Applicants need to submit the complete application form duly signed and send it to the TWAS Secretariat. 
  • Applications may be sent by email as long as pages with signatures are sent as scanned documents. 
  • Incomplete/unsigned applications will NOT be accepted.

Required Documents:

  • The completed application form
  • Copy of passport, even if expired (only the page with personal details is required)
  • The applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • A statement on scientific interests and future plans for research in sustainability sciences in the home country 
  • Full list of publications (do not enclose reprints of articles)
  • Copy of the MSc (or higher) certificate
  • A recent invitation letter obtained through SISSA which should contain:
  1. the proposed time of the visit (3 months) and should refer to the proposed cooperation. 
  2. It should be made evident that the applicant and the proposed host have been in contact regarding the scientific work to be done during the visit and that the conditions for conducting the work have been agreed in terms of the timing of the visit and the facilities available;
  • Recent letters of recommendation, which:
  1. must be submitted separately to TWAS by two referees who are familiar with the applicant’s work. 
  2. Only signed reference letters can be accepted.

About TWAS:

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) is a global science academy founded in 1983 in Italy by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate. They shared a belief that developing nations, by building strength in science and engineering, could build the knowledge and skill to address such challenges as hunger, disease, and poverty. From the start, the Academy had essential support from Italian scientists and political leaders. The academy works for the advancement of science in developing countries and supports sustainable prosperity through research, education, policy, and diplomacy.

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