UNTBLDC-TWAS-ICGEB South-South Programme for Exchanges and Collaborations

Deadline: 31 August 2021
Open to: Scientists who hold a MSc, or preferably a PhD, and are from least developed countries
Benefits: travel expenses covered and provided subsistence costs for the stay at the host institution


The UNTBLDC-TWAS-ICGEB South-South Programme for Exchanges and Collaborations provides scientists from LDCs who hold a MSc, preferably a PhD, and who are maximum 45 years old, with the opportunity to pay a visit to either the ICGEB Cape Town, South Africa or the ICGEB New Delhi, India for the duration of 6 months maximum. The aim of the visit is to provide the opportunity to become acquainted with the scientific process, including how to develop a research project and take it to a successful conclusion and how to teach, train and transfer knowledge to younger students and researchers. Moreover, scientists will be exposed to an international scientific environment which will be an asset in the progression of their careers and will also positively impact their institution of origin.


  • Applicants must be a maximum age of 45 years on 31 December of the application year;
  • Applicants must have a MSc, preferably a PhD;
  • Applicants must be living and working in a Least Developed Country (LDC);
  • Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply;
  • Proposals need to be on projects relevant to
    ICGEB Cape Town:

Parasitic Diseases (tuberculosis, African trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis and helminthic infections);

Human viral diseases (emerging viruses);



Systems Biology

or ICGEB New Delhi:

Agricultural biotechnology (Crop improvement, biotic and abiotic stress resistance);

Human Viral Diseases (dengue, tuberculosis, Covid19 etc.);

Human Parasitic Diseases (Malaria);

Recombinant Diagnostics & Vaccines development;




The United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries, through TWAS, will cover travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay at the host institution, while the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, as host institution, will provide the laboratory facilities and the research support.

The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.


For more information please visit the official website.