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Funding Opportunities

Consistently highlighted as a principle challenge to delivering doctoral education in Africa, information about funding opportunities available to doctoral programme administrators and graduate school managers from various funding agencies and their programmes and projects are provided here.

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The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

- for the advancement of science in developing countries



TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement between UNESCO and the Italian Government for TWAS.

Fellowships - http://twas.org/opportunities/fellowships
Said to be the world’s largest South-South PhD and post-doctoral research fellowship programme, TWAS helps early-career researchers to gain education and experience at top global science institutions. TWAS currently has over 460 PhD fellowships with 13 partners in eight developing countries, and over 150 postdoctoral fellowships with 16 partners in nine developing countries. New PhD and postdoctoral fellowships are now available in collaboration with South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF).

Research Grants - http://twas.org/opportunities/research-grants
TWAS funds several programmes that provide grants to researchers in some developing countries for specialized equipment, consumable supplies and scientific publications. Grants are awarded to individual scientists and research groups.

Visiting Professors - http://twas.org/opportunities/visiting-scientist/professors
When an institution in a developing country, and especially one of the world's Least Developed Countries, needs someone with scientific expertise, TWAS can help provide a seasoned professor. Institutions apply for this expert knowledge, and TWAS supports the professor's visit by helping to fund travel. Visiting professors typically teach courses at universities and help establish needed development projects in host countries.

Main objective
Through three decades, TWAS's mission has remained consistent:
• Recognize, support and promote excellence in scientific research in the developing world;
• Respond to the needs of young scientists in countries that are lagging in science and technology;
• Promote South-South and South-North cooperation in science, technology and innovation;
• Encourage scientific research and sharing of experiences in solving major problems facing developing countries.
TWAS and its partners offer over 600 fellowships per year to scientists in the developing world who want to pursue PhDs and post-doctoral research.


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