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Apply now: TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months.

Under this programme, researchers are assisted in making a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany. Such visits will have a duration of no more than three (3) months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award. The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes. DFG will cover health insurance, travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must hold a PhD and must have obtained it not earlier than 2013;
  • Applicants must be nationals of a sub-Saharan African country, including South Africa, and hold a research position in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants already on site in Germany are not eligible.
  • Successful applicants can only reapply once for another cooperation visit.
  • Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.
  • All academic fields will be considered.

    The deadline for applications is 1 April 2019. Successful applicants will be informed three months after the deadline.
    More information regarding the programme and the application are available online.

    Further inquiries can be directed to:
    E-Mail: twas-dfg-programme(at)dfg.de


    Caleb Ihaji Analo
    6 February 2019

    I am Caleb Analo and I have been in Germany more than four times since 2004.I have been able to learn alot from all the seminars and workshops I have attended over there in Germany.i have always applied in order to attend more seminar and I hope I will one day make it again.I attended a Monitoring and Evaluation course at Feldafing in Munich which was organised by InWent Capacity Building Internation which am told changed to GIZ.

    Bettina Onyango
    28 January 2019

    Dear Akinwumiju Akinola,
    Please visit the programme website at https://twas.org/opportunity/twas-dfg-cooperation-visits-programme to find out more about the current call, eligibility criteria and the application process.
    Kind regards!

    Akinwumiju Akinola
    28 January 2019

    Dear Sir/Ma,
    Please, I need information on this year's (2019) TWAS-DFG Coorporate Visits Programme.
    Thanks in anticipation.

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