2021 Silk Roads Youth Research Grant

Deadline: 18 April 2021
Open to: postgraduate researchers under the age of 35
Benefits: 12 research grants of USD10,000


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, its 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. Proposed research may cover one or several themes associated with the Silk Roads shared heritage including, but not limited to:

  • Science and Technology
  • Traditional Knowhow and Craftsmanship
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Language and Literature
  • Arts and Music
  • Traditional Sports and Games


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.


12 grants will be awarded based on the strengths of the proposed research and its potential contribution to furthering understanding of the interactions and exchanges taking place across the Silk Roads and the concrete elements resulting from them.


Applicants are required to submit their research proposals by completing the template provided detailing their research, its methods, expected outcomes and contribution to existing scholarship. Proposals should be submitted in English and sent to: silkroadsgrant@unesco.org.

For more details, please visit the official website.