UNESCO Silk Road Youth Research Grants 2023 ($10,000 Grant)

Grant / Award Research in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Education and Languages , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • Apply Before : May 31, 2023

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 106269
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 12
  • Fields of study Different
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization calls for proposals for young researchers under 35 to apply for the third edition of the Silk Roads Youth Research Grant 2023. This program includes many research fields, including multidimensional and multidisciplinary proposals. The proposals do not limit to one specific region or chronology. Submitted research papers may cover one or several themes related to the Silk Roads’ shared heritage. The themes and focus areas include, but are not limited to, the followings:

  • Traditional Knowhow and Science and Technology;
  • Religion, Spirituality, and Holiness;
  • Literature and Language;
  • Arts and Music;
  • Traditional Games and Sports;
  • Economy and Trade;
  • Contemporary Issues and the Legacy of the Silk Roads

Researchers can use an interdisciplinary approach and, if possible, provide novel and dynamic ideas on the progressions of exchange along the Silk Roads and its value in contemporary societies. However, the main focus of the submitted research should be on the results of cultural interactions and exchanges. The paper must showcase the concrete resulting elements within a field, identifiable in two or more cultures along the Silk Roads.

The Silk Roads Youth Research Grant is UNESCO’s initiative with the collaboration of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China UNESCO. This Grant is in the context of its Silk Roads and MOST Programs which are part of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Program.

Important Details

  • Submission Deadline: 31 May 2023
  • Announcement of Awardees: October 2023
  • Awarding Institution: UNESCO
  • Eligible Countries: All
  • Gender: Male and Female

Grant Amount Details

The selection panel will award 12 grants of USD 10,000 per research project in two separate installments. The awardees may receive the amount based on the following elements:

  • The proposed research strengths
  • Its potential contribution to endorsing understanding of the exchanges and interactions taking place across the Silk Roads
  • The concrete elements resulting from them

Eligibility for the UNESCO Silk Road Youth Research Grants

To be eligible for the UNESCO Silk Road Youth Research Grants 2023, postgraduate researchers must be 35 or younger at the time of application. They can hold the nationality of any country and be an individual researcher or part of a research group or collaborative project.

Evaluation Procedure

The submitted research proposals will pass assessments by a scientific panel of 9 renowned international academics and researchers worldwide. After that, the panel will announce the result of submissions. The selection panel will award 12 grants of USD 10,000 per research project in two separate installments.

How to Submit Research Proposals?

Applicants should submit their research proposals to UNESCO by downloading and completing the template. The proposals should describe the research, methods, anticipated outcomes, and contribution to existing work.

After completing the proposal template, please submit the English research proposal via email to silkroadsgrant@unesco.org.


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For more information regarding the Grant, please visit the Silk Roads Youth Research Grant official website or read the Call for Proposal before preparing and submitting the proposals.

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