Call for applications for young scientists from developing countries in the TWAS-BIOTEC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2021 (Funded).

Are you a young scientist from a developing country (other than Thailand) who wishes to pursue advanced research? 

Then you should apply for the TWAS-BIOTEC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2021 and get the opportunity to pursue advanced research in biotechnology at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in Thailand.

BIOTEC is seeking 1-2 positions for postdoctoral researchers in the areas of biotechnology, molecular biology. biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, biosensors biotechnology and bioinformatics. 

The Fellowships are tenable in BIOTEC and its affiliated research units for a period of twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) months. 

Application Deadline: July 30, 2021


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Successful applicants get:

  • A standard monthly allowance to be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation and food.


The opportunity is open to applicants who:

  • Are nationals of a developing country (other than Thailand).
  • Hold a PhD degree in any of the following fields: molecular biology, molecular genetics, biotechnology, proteomics, metabolomics, molecular Immunology, biochemistry. medical technology, cell culture technology, and bioprocess technology or related disciplines.
  • Are not more than 40 years old by the date of the submission of their application.


Applicants must: 

  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in Thailand or any developed country. 
  • Meet the requirements of the postdoctoral positions available at BIOTEC and its research units.
  • Apply for the fellowship within THREE years of having obtained a PhD degree in a fields of the natural sciences specified above.
  • Be regularly employed at a research and/or teaching institution in their home country where they must hold a research assignment.
  • Provide an official Acceptance Letter from BIOTEC. Requests for acceptance must be directed to the BIOTEC Research Support Division (e-mail who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor. 
  • Provide evidence of proficiency in English, if the medium of instruction was not English.
  • Provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship
  • Be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

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Applicants should submit the Acceptance Letter from the BIOTEC Research Support Division to TWAS and BIOTEC when applying or by the deadline at the latest. 

About the TWAS-BIOTEC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The Swiss Africa Business and Innovation Initiative (SABII) is a project of the Swiss-African Research Cooperation (SARECO).

The program aims to further startup entrepreneurship for Swiss and African startups. Following an intensive process, SABII selects business founders of science-based projects who have prior experiences in entrepreneurial pursuits.

A prior experience here means any of these:

  1. Participant’s own company incorporation,
  2. Relevant MOOC certificates,
  3. Course attendance certificates at Higher Education Institutions or
  4. Proof of business coaching through agencies

These founders partake in an advanced workshop that holds in a key innovation hub in Africa, like Nairobi, Marrakesh, Addis Ababa, and the like.

During the event, these entrepreneurs get business mentoring and an invitation to pitch their ideas to a Swiss-African jury.

After the event in Africa, the heads of the most promising and innovative projects get an invitation to Switzerland for a week’s stay.

In Switzerland, invitees would meet with Swiss business peers and gain an understanding of the startup ecosystem there.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline to apply is July 30 2021

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

TWAS is supported by a constellation of partners who share similar goals of advancing and promoting science. 

Although characterized by different operational models, TWAS works closely with its network of partners to bring change into effect. 

Partner Organizations include:

  • Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand
  • Vienna School of International Studies – Diplomatische Akademie Wien
  • The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
  • SISSA – Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati
  • Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
  • Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM)
  • GenderInSITE
  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Islamic Development Bank
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India
  • Lenovo
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST), India
  • Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India
  • The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
  • Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences
  • Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
  • Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development
  • Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology
  • Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World
  • Science Initiative Group
  • Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand
  • International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • World Meteorological Organization
  • Mexican National Council for Science and Technology
  • Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative
  • National Council on Science and Technology, Mexico
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • The Royal Society
  • The Elsevier Foundation
  • International Mathematical Union (IMU)
  • German Research Foundation
  • Ministry of Science and Technology of Argentina
  • International Development Research Centre
  • Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology, Pakistan
  • Academy of Science of South Africa
  • National Council for S&T Research, Argentina
  • Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
  • International Science Council
  • African Union
  • The InterAcademy Partnership
  • Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the OIC (COMSTECH)
  • International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, Pakistan
  • Global Young Academy
  • French Foundation for Rare Diseases
  • Fondazione Internazionale Trieste (FIT)
  • National Centre for Physics, Pakistan
  • Global Research Council
  • Brazilian Academy of Sciences
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa
  • International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation
  • African Academy of Sciences
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • COMSATS University Islamabad
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
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