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TWAS-CAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

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For young scientists from developing countries (other than China) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in China though the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China.

Programme Details

TWAS-CAS Postdoctoral Fellowships in natural sciences are tenable for a minimum period of six months to a maximum period of twelve months at the research institutions of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Eligible CAS institutions: More than 80 CAS institutes in China participate in this Fellowship programme. For a complete list please see: and, in particular,

CAS will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance. Only emergency medical aid will be available, if necessary. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.

The language of instruction is English.


Applicants for these Fellowships must meet the following criteria:

– be a maximum age of 40 years on 31 December of the application year;
– be nationals of a developing country (other than China);
– hold a PhD degree in a field of the natural sciences;
– be accepted at a CAS-listed institution participating in the scheme and provide an official acceptance letter from the host institution (see sample Acceptance Letter, page 6) to this effect; and
– provide evidence of proficiency in English or Chinese.

Submitting your application

The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 August of each year.

Applicants should submit the acceptance letter from a CAS institution to CAS and TWAS when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.

Reference letters: Referees must send signed letters as attachments via e-mail directly to TWAS and CAS The subject line must contain: CAS/PDoc/ candidate’s surname. Alternatively, letters should be sent by post in sealed envelopes.

Applicants to the TWAS-CAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme should send their application to TWAS and CAS.


Click on the link to download the application form and guidelines. Before applying it is recommended that you read very carefully the application guidelines for detailed information on eligibility criteria, deadlines and other key requirements of the application procedure.

Contact Details

TWAS Fellowships Office

ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39 040 2240314
Fax: +39 040 2240689

TWAS Beijing Office

Bureau of International Cooperation
Chinese Academy of Sciences
52 Sanlihe Road
100864 Beijing, China
Tel: +86 10 68597531
Fax: +86 10 68597543


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