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TWAS PhD Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators in Italy

Applications are being accepted for PhD Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators to young scientists from African countries who wish to pursue a PhD degree program. The award is offered by the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)  for the academic year 2021/2022.

The Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators aims to support early-career scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa, with particular emphasis on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (SG-NAPI) is fully funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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The World Academy of Sciences is a merit-based science academy that brings together 1,000 scientists from throughout the world. Its main goal is to build scientific capability and excellence in the South for long-term development. TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy.

Application Deadline: July 27, 2021

Brief Description

  • Provider: TWAS
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Awards: Varies
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in Italy


  • Eligible Countries: African country
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Research projects in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Information Computer Technology, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, and Physics
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:
  • Applying Principal Investigators must be nationals of an eligible country, who holds a PhD and has good research experience. The grant should operate within a university or a research institution in one of the African countries lagging in science and technology. The PI must be 40 or under. Any applicant turning 41 in the year of application is not eligible.
  • The PI must have obtained their Ph.D. within the last five years in a country other than their home country.
  • The PI must have returned to their home country (refer to the list in the guidelines) within the last 36 months or will return home before the end of 2021.
  • The PI must hold, be offered, or be in the process of accepting a position at an academic and research institution (including international research centers) in their home country.
  • The PI must be national of an eligible African country that is lagging in science and technology (refer to list in the guidelines).
  • Applicant must at the time of application NOT have an active research grant with TWAS or OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship.
  • Applications from women scientists and those working in the least Developed Countries are especially encouraged.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Candidates must only submit one application at a time and for only one kind of grant (as an individual applicant, as a research unitIsDB or the OWSD Early Career Women Scientists (ECWS) Fellowship).
  • Supporting Documents: Applicants must provide an official letter from their host South African institution, department or laboratory and motivation from the applicant’s host. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the respective institution to apply for acceptance and English language proficiency certificate.
  • Admission Requirements: For studying this program, you must have a master’s degree in a field relevant to sustainability science
  • Language Requirement: If English is not your first language, then you will need to show that your English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.


The fellowship program will provide an award amount to a maximum of USD 67,700 to the successful candidates.

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