Course(s) Offered: Natural sciences
Course Level: Graduate (postdoc fellowships)
Provider: TWAS, USM
Country to Study in: Malaysia
The annual TWAS-USM Fellowships for Visiting Researchers in Malaysia is offered by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and sponsored by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
The TWAS-USM Visiting Researchers Fellowships in natural sciences is for scientists from developing countries (other than Malaysia) who wish to pursue advanced research in natural sciences. The fellowships are tenable for a minimum period of one month to a maximum of three months at a school/department of the USM.
TWAS, with USM, invite applications from suitably qualified candidates before the announced deadline date (see below).
Applicants for these Fellowships must meet the following criteria:
- Be a maximum age of 55 years on 31 December of the application year.
- Be nationals of a developing country (other than Malaysia).
- Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in Malaysia or any developed country.
- Hold a PhD degree in a field of the natural sciences and a regular research assignment with at least five years of postdoctoral research experience.
- Provide an official Preliminary Acceptance Letter from the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), USM to TWAS. Requests for preliminary acceptance letters must be directed to the Dean, Institute of Postgraduate Studies, USM who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor.
- Provide evidence of proficiency in English;
- Be financially responsible for any accompanying family member.
Citizens of ANY developing country (EXCEPT Malaysia)
Any (natural science) school/department of the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia. For a complete list of schools and departments, see academic schools/departments.
Fields of study
Postdoctoral level research in any field of the natural sciences. The language of instruction is English.
Number of awards
Not specified by the provider
The fellowships are tenable for a minimum period of one month to a maximum of three months
USM will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.
Method of Application
The request for a preliminary acceptance letter must be sent by email to Professor Dr. Othman Sulaiman: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and must be accompanied by all the requested documents (i.e. Latest CV; List of Publications; PhD degree certificate; Front page of publication; Letter of recommendation from current employer (date: DD/MM/2015); and A summary proposal (maximum: 3 pages) including the application form duly filled in and available here under ‘Visiting Researcher’.
Applicants must submit the preliminary acceptance letter from the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), USM when applying to TWAS or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance letter, the application will not be considered for selection.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this scholarship and also to download the 'Application form' and 'Application Guidelines' (all located under "Application Doc(s)" at the bottom of the official webpage).
The deadline for receipt of applications to TWAS is 15 September of each year. The deadline for submitting applications to USM is 15 June 2016.
Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one fellowship per year. Applicants to the TWAS-USM Visiting Scholar Fellowship Programme should send their application to TWAS and USM (by email). Applications will ONLY be acknowledged when processed.
Referees must send signed letters as attachments via e-mail directly to TWAS and USM. The subject line must contain: USM/VS/ candidate's surname. Alternatively, letters should be sent by post in sealed envelopes. Only signed reference letters can be accepted.
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) aims for the advancement of science in developing countries. TWAS is an autonomous international organization, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a distinguished group of scientists from the South to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South.
University of Science, Malaysia (Universiti Sains Malaysia; aka USM) is a public university in Malaysia. There are three campuses: one on the island of Penang (Main Campus), one in Kelantan (Health Campus), and one in Nibong Tebal (Engineering Campus).
Application Deadline: 15 June / 15 September 2016
Open to International students: Yes
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