Call for Proposals: UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant 2021

UNESCO calls for applications from young women and men to its 2021 ‘Silk Roads Youth Research Grant’.

The Grant aims to mobilize young researchers for further study of the Silk Roads’ shared heritage. The Silk Roads Youth Research Grant is a new initiative that UNESCO has organized with the support of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, in the context of its Silk Roads and MOST Programmes which are part of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Programme.

The research needs to address specific issues relating to

  • the Silk Roads shared heritage and plural identities,
  • its internal diversity,
  • it’s potential in contemporary societies for creativity, intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, regional and international cooperation, and
  • ultimately sustainable peace and development.

A broad array of research fields, including multidisciplinary and multidimensional proposals not limited to one specific region or chronology, are eligible submissions. Proposed research may cover one or several themes associated with the Silk Roads shared heritage including, but not limited to:

  • Science and Technology
  • Language and Literature
  • Arts and Music
  • Traditional Knowhow and Craftsmanship
  • Traditional Sports and Games
  • Religion and Spirituality
Grants: USD10,000
  • Postgraduate researchers, aged 35 and younger at the time of application, are eligible to apply for the grant.
  • The proposed research may be carried out by an individual researcher or may be part of the research of a group or collaborative project.
Submission Process

Applicants are required to submit their research proposals by completing the template providing detailed information about their research, its methods, expected outcomes and contribution to existing scholarship.

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Proposals should be submitted in English and sent to

Submission Deadline: April 18, 2021.

For more information, visit the official site.

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