TWAS-USM Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme, Malaysia

Monday, June 17, 2013
For young scientists from developing countries (other than Malaysia) who wish to pursue advanced research in the natural sciences at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia.

Programme Details
  1. TWAS-USM Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable in the departments, institutions and laboratories of the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for a minimum period of twelve (12) months to a maximum period of three years and are awarded to young scientists from developing countries (other than Malaysia) to enable them to pursue advanced research in the natural sciences.
  2. USM will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation and food.
  3. The language of instruction is English.

Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:
  • be nationals of a developing country (other than Malaysia);
  • must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in Malaysia or any developed country;
  • hold a PhD degree in a field of the natural sciences;
  • apply for the fellowship within five years of having obtained a PhD degree in a field of the natural sciences;
  • be regularly employed in a developing country (other than Malaysia) and hold a research assignment there;
  • provide an official Acceptance Letter from a department, laboratory or institute at USM (see sample Acceptance Letter in the application form). Requests for acceptance must be directed to the Dean, Institute of Postgraduate Studies, USM (Prof. Muhamad Jantan: by e-mail, who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor.  In contacting Prof. Jantan applicants must accompany their request for an Acceptance Letter with copy of their latest CV and a short write-up of research proposal (maximum 3 pages);
  • provide evidence of proficiency in English;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family member.

Submitting your application
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 September of each year.
  • Applicants should submit the acceptance letter from a USM department/laboratory to TWAS and USM when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Reference letters: Referees must send signed letters as attachment via e-mail directly to TWAS and USM. The subject line must contain: USM/ PDoc/the candidate’s surname.  Alternatively, letters should be sent by post in sealed envelopes. Only signed reference letters can be accepted.
  • Applicants to the TWAS-USM Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme should send their application to TWAS and USM (by post, fax or email).
Click on the links below to download the application form and guidelines. Before applying it is recommended that you read very carefully the application guidelines for detailed information on eligibility criteria, deadlines and other key requirements of the application procedure.

Contact Details
Prof. Muhamad Jantan
Dean, Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
11800 Penang, Malaysia
Phone: +604-653-2930
Fax: +604-653-2931

TWAS Fellowships Office
ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39 040 2240-314
Fax: +39 040 2240-689


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