TWAS-SISSA-Lincei Research Cooperation Visits Programme Italy 2021-22

TWAS-SISSA-Lincei Research Cooperation Programme 2021/2022 for Young Scientists

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TWAS-SISSA-Lincei Research Cooperation Program:

Young scientists from Least Developed Countries, who hold an MSc (or higher degree) can visit research laboratories at Centers of Excellence in Trieste, Italy, for three months to carry out collaborative research projects in a wide range of fields that fall under the umbrella of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Host Institutions:

Eligible host institutions are the following:

  • International School for Advanced Studies – SISSA
  • International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology – ICGEB
  • National Institute for Nuclear Physics – INFN (only one host supervisor available: Prof. Andrea Vacchi)
  • National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS
  • Materials Foundry-National Research Council – IOM-CNR

Degree Level:

Masters Research Level.

Research Areas:

Fields related to: Physics, Neuroscience, Mathematics, Science outreach, COVID-related projects, Genetic Engineering, Bio-technology, Nuclear Physics, Oceanography, Sustainable blue economy, Geophysics, Seismology, Energy and Environment management, Quantum materials, Biomedicine.

Eligible Nationalities

Young scientists from Least Developed Countries

Program Award:

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, through TWAS, will cover travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Italy.


  • Be a maximum age of 40 years on 31 December of the application year.
  • Hold an MSc (or higher degree).
  • Nationals of a Least Developed Country (please see the United Nations definition at, as well as a list of eligible countries).
  • Applicants must hold a research position in a Least Developed Country.
  • Particular attention will be given to research projects that fall under the umbrella of sustainability science.
  • Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants already on site in the host country are not eligible.
  • Only applications in the scientific fields specified below and listed in the application form will be considered.

Application Procedure and Documents:

  • Fellowships are awarded by the Selection Committee on the basis of scientific merit.
  • Applications should be completed in English.
  • Applicants need to submit the complete application form duly signed and send it to the TWAS Secretariat. Applications may be sent by email as long as pages with signatures are sent as scanned documents. Incomplete/unsigned applications will NOT be accepted.
  • Documents requested:
    • the completed application form;
    • copy of passport, even if expired (only the page with personal details is required);
    • the applicant’s curriculum vitae;
    • a statement on scientific interests and future plans for research in sustainability sciences in the home country explicitly referring to which SDGs contributions are likely to be made;
    • full list of publications (do not enclose reprints of articles);
    • copy of the MSc (or higher) certificate;
    • a recent invitation letter obtained through one of the eligible host laboratories listed above which should contain the proposed time of the visit (3 months) and should refer to the proposed cooperation. It should be made evident that the applicant and the proposed host have been in contact regarding the scientific work to be done during the visit and that the conditions for conducting the work have been agreed in terms of the timing of the visit and the facilities available;
    • recent letters of recommendation, which must be submitted separately to TWAS by two referees who are familiar with the applicant’s work. N.B. Only signed reference letters can be accepted.

Application Deadline:

10 August 2021.

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