TWAS-SISSA-Lincei Research Cooperation Visits Programme

Deadline: 30 September 2022
Open to: applicants with a maximum age of 40 years from the least developed countries
Benefits: subsistence costs and travel expenses


UNESCO-TWAS, in collaboration with the Lincei Academy and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), offers young scientists from Least Developed Countries the opportunity to visit research laboratories at Centres of Excellence in Trieste, Italy. Research proposals must fall under the umbrella of sustainability science and thus be relevant to areas that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The purpose of these exchange fellowships is twofold:

  1. To enhance the research capacity of promising scientists, especially those at the beginning of their research career
  2. To catalyze the formation of research links for further collaboration.


  • Applicants must be a maximum age of 40 years on 31 December of the application year
  • Applicants must hold an MSc (or higher degree)
  • Applicants must be nationals of a least developed country
  • Applicants must hold a research position in a least developed country
  • Particular attention will be given to research projects that fall under the umbrella of sustainability science
  • Women scientists are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants already on site in the host country are not eligible
  • Only applications in the scientific fields specified here and listed in the application form available on the official website will be considered


The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, through UNESCO-TWAS, will cover travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Italy. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.


For more details, please visit the official website.