IsDB-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Women (Full Funded)


Deadline 19 July 2021 (21.59 p.m. UTC)


IsDB and TWAS launched ambitious programme to contribute to building critical mass among young scientists, researchers and refugee scientists in the fields of STI relevant to SDGs.


The joint programme is covering the following components:   

Post-doctoral fellowships for 25 scientists from 21 LDMCs tenable at centers of excellences in developing countries to provide up to 6-month research training at high level in key areas relevant to sustainability sciences

Grant for a joint research and technology transfer project on topics related to sustainability challenges relevant to SDGs in Member Countries (MCs). The Project will bring two research group from different MCs, which will be carefully selected to join forces on studies in areas related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The research question will likely focus on an issue relevant to both countries involved. Grant will be awarded on a competitive basis to the project, which produce a major and real impact

Support for refugee scientists and other scientists at risk in member countries aiming at creating Slots for young refugee/displaced scientists in the TWAS Young Affiliates Programme

High level workshops on Science-Policy-Diplomacy Nexus that would bring together scientists, policy makers and diplomats to focus on issues of high priority for the region and within the context of the SDGs

IsDB‐TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Women for Skills-Building in Sustainability Science

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and The World Academy of Sciences (UNESCO-TWAS) launch the 2021 IsDB-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme for Women.

The Programme fosters gender equality and supports the participation of women in science.

The Programme:

Is targeted to young female researchers from 21 IsDB Least developed member countries (LDMCs) Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea‐Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uganda and Yemen.

Provides 3-6 months’ postdoc research training in sustainability science in a developing country

Is based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Fellowship:

A monthly allowance for expenses (e.g. accommodation)

An allowance for laboratory bench costs up to $2,565 

A Round‐trip air ticket up to $1,000.

Female scientists applying must:

Be a national of and resident in an IsDB LDMC 

Be no older than 45 

Hold a PhD degree in one of the Programme’s research areas

Be employed at an institution in their home country 

Choose and receive an acceptance letter from a host institute in a developing country from this list.

Awarded female scholars must:

Not take up other assignments during the fellowship

Present a research plan agreed by host supervisor

Be financially responsible for any accompanying family members, as well as for visa, health insurance and housing. 

IsDB-TWAS joint research & technology transfer grant – 2021: Quick-response research on covid-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, affecting human health as well as economies of societies worldwide. One consequence will be the slowdown of work towards sustainable development, and the pandemic will hinder efforts of many nations to achieve some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

In this context, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) would like to  promote and support research on key challenges directly or indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic choosing this year to focus on women.

Under this scheme, qualified women researchers from 57 IsDB Member Countries are invited to form a joint research collaboration consisting of two groups working on challenges directly and indirectly related to COVID-19.  One of the two groups must be within an IsDB Least Developed Country (*). Examples of research areas include, but are not limited to:

Examples of specific themes include, but are not limited to: 

Epidemiology of COVID-19 o Dealing with consequences of COVID-19 

Regional studies of COVID-19 infection o Identification of possible sources of viruses: prevention of new zoonotic diseases of HIV, SARS, MERS, COVID-19: lessons to learn on infections arising through species jump 

Evolution of viral disease: from animal to human and mutations of human strains

Developing an emergency R&D response to any emerging infectious disease 

Discovery and development of diagnostics and therapeutics in viral outbreak

Dealing with viral infections: real-time data collection of the spread and preparation for future outbreaks

Remote diagnosis and treatment 

The Joint Research & Technology Transfer Grant will be awarded to the project which demonstrates the best potential to advance knowledge and help address the present and future challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak, while ensuring strong collaboration between the partner institutes. The grant amounts to a maximum of US$ 50,000, per group.  

Eligibility Criteria 

Both Principle Investigators (PI and PI2) must be female national of an IsDB member country and hold a PhD with good research experience and lead each research group. (Note: The PI will be responsible for the coordination of the research, submission of requested documentation, management of the funds and reporting of the expenses. All TWAS correspondence will be with this PI). 

Either of the PIs should be a national of an IsDB Least Developed Country.

Each member of the group should operate in a university or research institution in one of the 57 IsDB member countries and should be represented in the proposal by a PI. No age limit is applied to the grant. 

Individual young scientists or leaders of research units currently holding a TWAS Research Grant in the Basic Sciences are not eligible. 

How to apply: 

Applications must be submitted online via the link

No applications will be accepted after the deadline of 5th July 2021 (midnight Rome time). Therefore, it is recommended to submit your electronic application as early as possible. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

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