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  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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TWAS Plus - Vol. 5 No. 3 - May 2019
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TOP STORY  Thousands of scientists and science students have fled wars in recent years, and have arrived in neighbouring countries or distant countries hoping for a safe place to resume their work. How should their new countries respond? At an event organised by the University of Trieste (Italy) and TWAS, local researchers acknowledged many effective programmes. But the support is uneven and fragmented, they said. Additional assistance might include help for travel and relocation, and the creation of platforms where scientists can share experiences and opportunities. The TWAS film "Science in Exile" was screened at the event.  More

A symposium organised by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the WMO and TWAS will explore  how atmospheric aerosols affect climate. Deadline: 10 May.



OWSD fellowships support women who want to earn a PhD in the natural, engineering and IT sciences. Deadline: 30 May.



Responsible research in chemical and biochemical sciences will be the focus of a five-day workshop organised by OPCW, IAP and TWAS. Deadline: 28 June.



Calls are open for TWAS PhD fellowships in emerging areas of S&T at top
institutions in developing countries. Deadlines from 30 June to 31 July.


Your donations will help us to build science in the developing world.



TWAS Executive Director Romain Murenzi was awarded an honorary PhD by the University of Johannesburg for building science and science education.



Two S4D4C science diplomacy workshops in Italy and Austria will offer insights and guidance on the future role of science diplomacy.
Deadline: 20 June.



Renowned surgeon and TWAS Fellow Cato Laurencin was elected to the 239th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.



TWAS-Samira Omar Prize winner Caroline Asiimwe makes an impact in Uganda by engaging ex-poachers in wildlife-conservation efforts.



The International Mathematical Union and TWAS offer PhD fellowships to promising mathematicians in the developing world.
Deadline: 31 May.



TWAS postdoc fellowships allow scientists from developing countries to advance their work at top institutions in India, Pakistan and Thailand.
Deadline: 30 June.



The call for three TWAS awards for outstanding women researchers and scientists from Africa and STLCs will open soon. Deadline: 31 July.



South Korea hosted world's science academies to explore how to impact on global science policy and bridge the gap between knowledge production and its use.



"Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity."
- Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian polymath who died 500 years ago



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  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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ACU Synthesis May 2019 | Supporting academic mobility and collaboration in the Commonwealth
  News and opportunities for staff and students at ACU member universities View online / Add to contacts  

Mobility is a fundamental part of higher education, and scholarships and fellowships are one valuable tool to facilitate this; or in the case of early career researchers for example, they can be vital. 

Coventry University’s strategy ‘Creating Better Futures’ enshrines our commitment to building a research culture that addresses major social challenges and fosters international collaboration. 

It is this strategy that has led us to proudly host a special Coventry University ACU Fellowship. Focussing on three of our research centres and supporting collaboration with other ACU members in four countries, this fellowship is a key development opportunity. 

We are also committed to supporting our undergraduate and postgraduate students with international mobility. It is well documented that students who have a period of mobility overseas subsequently show more engagement with their course, better learning outcomes, higher levels of satisfaction with their university and better employment outcomes. In 2017/8 we topped the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency’s ranking for international student mobility for the third year running by providing more overseas experiences for our students than any other UK university.

This is another area in which Coventry has worked with the ACU; in the last two years alone we have hosted 15 Chevening scholars and 4 Commonwealth (CSC) scholars. The Chevening and CSC scholarship programmes are particularly valuable for universities as they have the potential to attract talented international students to the UK, who may be from countries that are underrepresented in the student population, thereby enhancing the international experience for all students.

Most recently, we’re also proud that Coventry PhD researcher Maurice Beseng was awarded anACU Blue Charter Fellowship to travel to the University of Buea – a fellow ACU member institution – in Cameroon to look at ‘ghost gear’ (fishing nets left in the oceans) in the context of unregulated fishing in Cameroon. It is only by working in collaboration in this way that researchers can truly address the grand challenges that we are all faced with globally. 

Making the most of your membership

Exclusive opportunities for staff and students at ACU member institutions

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships – applications open!

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships offer life-changing opportunities to study for a Master’s at ACU member universities around the world. In this round, scholarships are available in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and Sri Lanka.  
ACU Fellowships – last chance to apply!  

ACU Fellowships support staff at member universities to travel to another country for short periods of collaborative research and knowledge exchange, with opportunities available in a range of disciplines – including engineering, peace and reconciliation, and agriculture. Applications close on Wednesday 8 May
Commonwealth Medical Fellowships – apply by Monday 13 May

Talented and motivated mid-career medical staff from low and middle income countries (LMICs) are invited to apply for Commonwealth Medical Fellowships. Designed to develop and enhance fellows’ clinical skills, these fellowships provide 4-6 months placements at a UK approved university hospital. 

News from the ACU

Highlights from across our network 

This month has seen us develop our fellowships offering, announce new funding to expand our Blue Charter programme, and host the latest in our series of workshops supporting early career academics at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Read more below:

Sector news

Higher education news from around the Commonwealth and beyond

This month, we bring you a selection of recent reports focusing on student mobility and international education. 
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  • Friday, May 3, 2019

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Applicants are invited to apply for the 2019 Waislitz Global Citizen Award, is an annual cash prize totaling $200,000. The grand prize is $100,000 with two semi-finalist prizes at $50,000 each. The awards are presented by the Waislitz Foundation and Global Citizen and recognize the excellence of individuals in their work to end extreme poverty. “Ending extreme poverty is not a choice it’s an obligation. My hope is that it will inspire many thousands of people around the world to do what they can to improve the living standards of those in dire need,” Chairman and Founder of the Melbourne-based Waislitz Foundation Alex Waislitz.

Key Areas

All entrants will be evaluated based on individual merit, including the following four key areas:

  • GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: How does the applicant embody and exemplify the values and practices of a Global Citizen?
  • PROOF OF CONCEPT: Does the applicant have a strong proof of concept with at least 1-2 years of impact towards ending extreme poverty?
  • DISRUPTION: Has the applicant created measurable impact in an innovative manner that disrupts the systems that allow for extreme poverty to exist?
  • SCALABILITY: How would this award enable/support the applicant to scale or improve their work?

Award Information

In addition to the cash prizes, all three winners will receive:

  • Round trip airfare and accommodation in NYC to attend the Waislitz Global Citizen Award Ceremony and the Global Citizen Festival during the week of September 23 for themselves and a guest.
  • The opportunity to network with Global Citizen and the Waislitz Foundation partners during the week of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
  • Two tickets to the 2019 Global Citizen Festival on September 28, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Entry to this Competition is open to entrants aged eighteen years of age or older from anywhere in the world.
  • The Waislitz Global Citizen Awards are for individuals or individual representatives of organizations.

How to Apply
Interested applicants must apply online via the given website.
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  • Thursday, May 2, 2019

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Do you want to study in Australia and looking for scholarships to pay for your studies there? Universities in Australia offer variety of scholarships to international students which can help them to support financially with their studies. In order to help you to find the scholarship, we’ve compiled a list of Best Australian Scholarships for International Students.

Just start your scholarship search and provide a turning point to your career. Each scholarship has its own eligibility and criteria. So before you apply for any of these scholarships check each scholarship carefully and choose the appropriate for you. Wish you good luck!!!

Please find attached files for details of Scholarship

  • Friday, April 26, 2019

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JIRCAS, through international collaborative research, aims to provide scientific solutions to various problems, particularly in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, confronting developing countries in various regions of the world. In line with this scheme, JIRCAS launched the JIRCAS Visiting Research Fellowship Program in 1992. Every year since then, JIRCAS has been inviting promising researchers from research organizations in developing countries to conduct research work under the supervision of JIRCAS researchers.

This fellowship program has three types, namely, ‘Tsukuba’, ‘Okinawa’ and ‘Project Site’. Under the ‘Tsukuba’ type, the fellowship research is carried out at the JIRCAS Headquarters in Tsukuba. Under the ‘Okinawa’ type, the fellowship research is carried out in Tropical Agricultural Research Front in Okinawa. Under the ‘Project Site’ type, the fellowship research is conducted at research institutes in developing countries where JIRCAS is currently implementing collaborative research projects.

Under the ‘Tsukuba’ type (5 slots) following five slots are available: 

  1. Functinal link between leaf NRA (nitragte reductase activity) and BNI-capacity in sorghum.
    Host Scientist: Dr. G. V. Subbarao
  2. Development of preparation techniques of fermented TMR with feed resources in Africa.
    Host Scientist: Dr. Y. Cai
  3. Identification and function analysis of genes controlling root development in soybean.
    Host Scientist: Dr. D. Xu
  4. Characterization of new soybean lines pyramided with resistance genes against Asian soybean rust disease.
    Host Scientist: Dr. N. Yamanaka
  5. Establishment of biological simultaneous enzyme production and saccharification (BSES) process using Herbivorax saccincola A7 and Clostridium thermocellum.
    Host Scientist: Dr. A. Kosugi

The fellowship covers a period of one year starting from October, 2019 to September 30, 2020.


  1. A round-trip airline ticket (economy class) (not available for dependents)
  2. Living allowance: JPY 7,700 per day (excluding housing allowance)
  3. Housing:
    1. Allowance: Based on regulations for government housing
    2. Facility: NINOMIYA House
      1-6-2 Ninomiya, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0051
  4. Insurance: Overseas travel accident insurance package for injury, sickness and damage (dependents not covered)


  1. Be a national of a developing country.
  2. Be currently employed in a research organization or university in the applicant’s home country where he/she is actively engaged in research relating to agriculture, forestry and fisheries. After the completion of the Fellowship, he/she must be willing to return to his/her country to continue to carry out research at the same research institute or university.
  3. Hold at least a Master’s degree in a field relating to socio-economics, natural sciences or technology.
  4. Should be able to work exclusively on the research theme being applied for
  5. Should be in good health.
  6. Have an adequate command of English and/or Japanese language.
  7. Should be endorsed by the authority of the institution where the applicant is employed or affiliated.
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