-    Third World Academy for Science (TWAS):

TWAS is an autonomous international organization, founded in Trieste, Italy in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, represents the best of science in the developing world. Its principal aim is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the South. http://www.twas.org

TWAS offers a number of grants and awards to both junior and senior scientists in the South involving the following schemes:

  • TWAS Research Grants
    -- Research grants of up to US$10,000 each are offered to scientists from developing countries of proven ability for research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. The Grants are intended to cover the costs of specialized equipment, essential consumable material, and scientific literature. Deadlines: 1 July and 1 December each year.  As a general rule, the grants are normally awarded to young competent scientists under the age of 45 years from those developing countries where basic tools of research are seriously lacking

  • TWAS Research Units in Least Developed Countries
    -- The Academy has instituted a new project in support of science and technology development in the Least Developed Countries. The initiative is meant to build and sustain units of scientific excellence, assisting them to achieve a critical mass of highly qualified and innovative scientists who will be able to better address real-life problems facing the countries. Each TWAS research unit selected receives a grant of up to $30,000 to strengthen its activities. The grant can be renewed for up to three years. The deadline for submissions is 31 August of each year.

  • Spare Parts for Scientific Equipment
    -- The Academy provides funds for covering the cost of small items of spare parts for scientific equipment in Third World institutions, up to a maximum of US$1,000 each. Deadline: none.

  • ICTP-TWAS electronic Journals Delivery Service
    -- The programme is geared to facilitate the access to current scientific literature for free, by distributing individual scientific articles via e-mail to scientists in institutions in the South that do not have sufficient bandwidth to download material from the Internet in a timely manner and/

  • Support for International Scientific Meetings
    -- The Academy encourages the organization of international scientific meetings in Third World countries by providing financial support in the form of travel grants for principal speakers from abroad and/or participants from the region. Important: TWAS can only provide support to organizers of scientific events held in Third World countries to enable scientists from developing countries to attend their meetings. In other words, TWAS does not provide support to individual scientists wishing to attend a scientific event, even if the event is taking place in a developing country. Deadlines for applications: 1 June for meetings to be held during January-June of the following year, and 1 December for meetings to be held during July-December of the following year.



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