TWAS Visiting Expert Programme

Deadline: 1 October 2021
Open to: Visiting Experts with a minimum degree of Ph.D. in the field of Natural sciences other than Physics and Mathematics
Benefits: economy class travel (round-trip) and host institution should provide local expenses


The programme supports visits of internationally renowned scientists to institutions located in developing countries, especially those located in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The objective of the programme is to provide institutions and research groups in developing countries, especially those with limited outside contacts, with the opportunity to establish long-term links with world leaders in science and so help develop capacity-building in their country.

Under the programme, prospective host institutions can invite internationally renowned experts in areas of science other than mathematics and physics to collaborate in research and training. The visiting expert will be expected to interact closely with faculty and students of the host institution with the aim of strengthening its existing activities and/or assisting in the establishment of new lines of research. The visiting expert could also deliver lectures and seminars to research students, supervise students, conduct research and discuss future collaborative partnerships. On completion of the visit, the visiting expert and the host institution should provide comprehensive reports outlining the impact the visit has had on the educational and research programmes of the host institution.


  • Visiting Experts must possess a minimum degree of Ph.D. in the field of Natural sciences other than Physics and Mathematics.
  • Only persons who have attained international recognition in their fields of science will be considered for support under this programme.


TWAS will provide the Visiting Expert with the most direct economy class travel (round-trip) while the host institution is expected to cover local expenses.


Institutions wishing to be considered for this programme must complete the online application form.
For more information, please visit the official website.