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TWAS-USM Postgraduate Fellowship Programme, Malaysia

Job Description: For young scientists from developing countries (other than Malaysia) who wish to pursue studies leading to a PhD degree in the natural sciences at the Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Important: The following is additional information concerning the TWAS-Universiti Sains Malaysia Postgraduate Fellowship Programme tenable in Malaysia. It is an integral part of the information given here: TWAS Fellowships for Postgraduate Research.

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Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one fellowship per year. With the exception of the fellowships “for research collaboration”, all other fellowship programmes offered by TWAS and TWOWS that are mutually exclusive.

Programme Details

1. TWAS-USM Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable in the departments, institutions and laboratories of the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for a period of up to three years for studies leading to a PhD degree in the natural sciences.
2. The academic year in Malaysia begins in December and the second semester in July of each year, following the year of application. Candidates will enrol for their PhD at a USM department/laboratory and must observe USM’s academic calendar and be ready to start their fellowship on the first day of classes/courses.
3. USM will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation and food
4. The language of instruction is English.


Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

* Be a maximum age of 35 years on 31 December of the application year.
* Be nationals of a developing country (other than Malaysia).
* Hold a Master’s degree in a field of natural sciences.
* Provide an official Acceptance Letter from a department, laboratory or institute at USM (see sample Acceptance Letter included in the Application Form). Requests for acceptance must be directed to the Dean, Institute of Graduate Studies, USM (Prof. Roshada Hashim, e-mail [email protected]) who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor.
* Provide evidence of proficiency in English.

Submitting your application

* The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 September of each year.
* Applicants should submit the Acceptance Letter from USM department/laboratory to TWAS and USM when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
* Reference letters: Referees must send signed letters as attachment via e-mail directly to TWAS and USM. The subject line must contain: TWAS-USM/PG/candidate’s surname. Alternatively, letters should be sent by post in sealed envelopes.
* Applicants for the TWAS-USM Postgraduate Fellowship Programme should send their application to TWAS and USM.

Application Form:

Click on the links below to download the application form and guidelines. Before applying it is recommended that you read very carefully the application guidelines for detailed information on eligibility criteria, deadlines and other key requirements of the application procedure.

*PG  Application Form

*PG Application Guidelines

Contact Details

Prof. Roshada Hashim
Dean, Institute of Graduate Studies
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
11800 Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +604-653-2930
Fax: +604-653-2931
E-mail: [email protected]

TWAS Fellowships Office
ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39 040 2240-314
Fax: +39 040 2240-689
E-mail: [email protected]

Further Scholarship Information

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  1. obariah samson oluoch says:

    My name is Obariah Samson Oluoch and I have completed my masters’ degrees in M.com (accounts & Law) and M.A (Labour Management). I am a male Kenyan citizen studying in India. I need to attend PhD program in areas related with Finance, management, economics, industrial disputes, and industrial relations in China. Would you please provide me with the information concerning this and the possible financial assistance, if any?

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