TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowship Programme 2020 for Postgraduate Research

Application Deadline:16 March 2020.

The TWAS-CUI Fellowship Programme for Postgraduate Research offers fellowships to young scientists from developing countries (other than Pakistan) who wish to obtain all or part (sandwich or full-time) of their PhD in natural or social sciences. Duration: from a minimum of six months to a maximum of 3 years (up to 18 months for a sandwich programme).

Programme details

  • TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable in the departments and laboratories of the campuses of the COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI). NB: In 2018, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) changed its name to COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI).
  • SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period of 18 months.
  • FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship may granted for a period of up to 3 years. Candidates will register for their PhD in the relevant department at one of the campuses of CUI, Pakistan.
  • CUI-TWAS Fellowships are also offered in the following social and economic sciences – Development Studies, International Economics, Development Economics, Education and Science Education, Gender Studies, International Relations, Political Science.
  • CUI will provide a monthly stipend which should be used to cover living costs such as food, accommodation and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.
  • The language of instruction is English.

Eligibility

Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • be nationals of a developing country (other than Pakistan);
  • must not be on site in Pakistan;
  • must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in Pakistan or any developed country;
  • hold an MSc degree in a field of natural sciences;
  • IF applying in a field of eligible social sciences, hold a MSc degree in a field of social sciences;
  • be a maximum age of 35 years by 31 December in the year if application;
  • for SANDWICH Fellowships: be registered PhD students in a developing country and provide the “Registration and No Objection Certificate” from the HOME university (see sample in guidelines);
  • for FULL-TIME Fellowships:  be willing to register at a university in Pakistan;
  • provide a certificate of good health from a qualified medical doctor;
  • provide an official Acceptance Letter from CUI (see the online application for a sample). Requests for acceptance must be sent to Mr. Kashif Masood, Deputy Registrar (International) (by emails [email protected], [email protected]) who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor. In contacting Mr. Kashif Masood, applicants must accompany their request for an Acceptance Letter with copy of their CV and a research proposal outline;
  • provide evidence of proficiency in English, if medium of education was not English;
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

Submitting your application

  • The call for applications is open until 16 March 2020.
  • Applicants must submit an Acceptance Letter from CUI when applying, or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Reference letters must be on letter-headed paper and signed. The subject line must contain CUI/PG and the candidate’s surname. N.B. Only signed reference letters can be accepted.
  • Applicants to the TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowship Programme should send a copy of their application to CUI.
  • Applications can only be accepted via the online portal using the apply now button at the bottom of this page.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the TWAS-CUI Postgraduate Fellowship Programme 2020

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