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The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Visiting Expert Programme 2019

This programme provides institutions and research groups in developing countries, especially the Least Developed Countries and those with limited outside contacts, with opportunities to establish long-term links with world leaders in areas of science other than mathematics and physics, and help develop capacity-building in their country.

About the Award: The TWAS Visiting Expert Programme supports visits of distinguished scientists to institutions in developing countries, especially those in the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The programme aims to provide institutions and research groups in developing countries, especially those with limited outside contacts with the opportunity to establish long-term links with world leaders in sustainability and further build capacity in their countries.

Under the programme, prospective host institutions can invite distinguished scientists in sustainability to collaborate in research and training. The visiting expert will be expected to interact closely with faculty and students of the host institution with the aim of strengthening its existing activities and/or assisting in the establishment of new lines of research. The visiting expert could also deliver lectures and seminars to research students, supervise students, conduct research and discuss future collaborative partnerships.

This effort is in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

Type: Research

Eligibility: As the programme is striving towards providing equal opportunities, nominations of women will be particularly welcomed. Only persons who have attained international recognition in their fields of science will be considered for support under this programme.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The sponsoring organization, through TWAS, will provide the visiting expert with up to USD4,000 to cover the cost of travel, visa, accommodation and other expenses related to the visit.

Duration of Program: 2-4 weeks

How to Apply: Institutions wishing to be considered for this programme must complete the online application form. While filling in the online application, the following documentation needs to be uploaded:

  • brief CV of the Visiting Expert (maximum 10 pages) and list of publications;
  • letter from the Visiting Expert detailing the research and teaching programme with which he/she could assist at the host institute (template available in the online form);
  • supporting statement from the head of the host institution (template available in the online form).

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Award Providers: The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS