UNTBLDC-TWAS-ICGEB South-South Programme for Exchanges and Collaborations in South Africa & India

Call for Proposal Fellowship Short Program Training in Medicine , in Natural Science
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  • Apply Before : August 31, 2021
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Different
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 6 Months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No
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Opportunity Description

Program overview

Applications are now open for The UNTBLDC -TWAS-ICGEB South-South Programme for Exchanges and Collaborations. The program gives scholars from LDCs with an MSc, preferably a Ph.D., the opportunity to visit either the ICGEB Cape Town, South Africa, or the ICGEB laboratories in New Delhi, India for the duration of 6 months maximum. Moreover, the visit is aimed at providing the opportunity for the scholars to get acquainted with the scientific process, including research project development and its successful conclusion, and how to teach, train and transfer knowledge to younger students and researchers.


UNTBLDC: United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries

TWAS: The World Academy of Sciences 

ICGEB: International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

Details at a glance

Application deadline: 31 August 2021

Awarding institutions and partners: UNTBLDC, TWAS & ICGEB

Host countries: South Africa and India

Duration of the visit: 6 months


The program provides the following benefits to the participants:

  • UNTBLDC, through TWAS, covers the travel and accommodation costs during the stay at the host institution.
  • ICGEB hosts the participants while providing laboratory facilities and research assistance for the fellows.


Applicants must:

  • Be maximum 45 years old on 31 December 2021;
  • Hold an MSc, preferably a Ph.D. degree;
  • Be residing and working in a research institution in the least Developed Country (LDC);
  • Not receive any other assignment during the visit.
  • apply well in advance of the application deadline so as to be complete the prerequisites such as securing a letter of acceptance from a host supervisor;
  • Women scientists are especially recommended to apply;

Proposals need to focus on projects relevant to:

ICGEB Cape Town:

  • Parasitic Diseases (tuberculosis, African trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis and helminthic infections);
  • Human viral diseases (emerging viruses);
  • Cancer;
  • Biopesticides;
  • Systems Biology

Or, ICGEB New Delhi:

  • Agricultural biotechnology (Crop improvement, biotic and abiotic stress resistance);
  • Human Viral Diseases (dengue, tuberculosis, Covid19, etc.);
  • Recombinant Diagnostics & Vaccines development;
  • Human Parasitic Diseases (Malaria);
  • Cancer;

How to apply?

Applicants can apply online via the link below.

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Application documents

  • Applicants must provide the below documents in the application form:
  • Scanned copy of passport, even if expired (info page)
  • CV, two pages (max.) including a list of their 6 best publications;
  • A recent invitation letter from the ICGEB host Professor – on the host institution’s letterhead paper containing both sides agree on the program’s terms and conditions;
  • Two letters of reference from senior scientists familiar with applicants’ work with the letterhead and signature
  • Copy of the MSc certificate;
  • Evidence of expertise in English;
  • Statement of support from the Head/Director of the applicant’s home institution: it must confirm that the Head/Director is favorable to the application and that the applicant will be given leave to take up the cooperation visit in South Africa or India if awarded.

For more information, please visit the TWAS webpage.

Or, contact [email protected] regarding questions should you have any.

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