TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme for Postdoctoral Researchers from Africa

Applications are currently ongoing for the TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme for Postdoctoral Researchers from Africa.

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a three-month ‘Cooperation Visit’ to a research institute in Germany. Such visits must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The aim of the visit is to initiate research collaboration between African and German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term links, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes.

Duration: 03 Months

Benefits

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme covers travel expenses and provides subsistence costs for the stay in Germany.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be nationals of a sub-Saharan African country, including South Africa, and hold a research position in sub-Saharan African country.
  • Applicants need to hold a PhD obtained no earlier than 2019; however, for female applicants, the year limit for the PhD can be extended by two years per child, i.e. for a woman with one child, the PhD year would be 2017 or later.
  • Applicants with an established collaboration with the intended host are not eligible.
  • Previous recipients of a TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visit cannot reapply.
  • Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.
  • All academic fields will be considered.

Application Process

Applicants are to provide the following materials for application:

  • scanned copy of their passport, even if expired (page with their name and surname);
  • two reference letters from senior scientists familiar with your work. The letters need to be on headed paper and signed;
  • copy of the PhD certificate;
  • evidence of proficiency in either English or German;
  • supporting statement from the Head/Director of the applicant’s home institute: it must confirm that the Head/Director is favourable to the application and that the applicant will be granted leave to take up the cooperation visit in Germany if awarded.
  • a recent invitation letter from a German host.
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To apply for TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme for Postdoctoral Researchers in Africa, click here

Deadline: June 06, 2024.

For more information on TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme for Postdoctoral Researchers in Africa, visit the official site.

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