TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowship Programme 2020/2021 for Researchers in Developing Countries (Stipend available)

Applications for the TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowship Programme 2020/2021 are now open. The TWAS-CUI Fellowship Programme for Postgraduate Research offers fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to obtain all or part (sandwich or full-time) of their PhD in natural or social sciences.

TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable in the departments and laboratories of the campuses of the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI). The duration of the Fellowship is from a minimum of six months to a maximum of 3 years (up to 18 months for a sandwich programme).

  • SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period of 18 months.
  • FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may granted for a period of up to 3 years. Candidates will register for their PhD in the relevant department at one of the campuses of CUI, Pakistan.
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Fields

The fellowship is offered in the following fields:

  • Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biological Systems and Organisms
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Social and Economic Sciences

Funding

  • CUI will provide a monthly stipend which should be used to cover living costs such as food, accommodation and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.
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Eligibility

  • Applicants must be nationals of a developing country (other than Pakistan);
  • Must not be on site in Pakistan;
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in Pakistan or any developed country;
  • Hold an MSc degree in a field of natural sciences;
  • IF applying in a field of eligible social sciences, hold a MSc degree in a field of social sciences;
  • Be a maximum age of 35 years by 31 December in the year if application;
  • For SANDWICH Fellowships: be registered PhD students in a developing country and provide the “Registration and No Objection Certificate” from the HOME university (see sample in guidelines);
  • For FULL-TIME Fellowships: be willing to register at a university in Pakistan;
  • Provide a certificate of good health from a qualified medical doctor;
  • Provide an official Acceptance Letter from CUI (see the online application for a sample). Requests for acceptance must be sent to Mr. Kashif Masood, Deputy Registrar (International) (by emails cuitwasfellowships@comsats.edu.pk, kmasood@comsats.edu.pk who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor. In contacting Mr. Kashif Masood, applicants must accompany their request for an Acceptance Letter with copy of their CV and a research proposal outline;
  • 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.

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