Funded Trip to Trieste, Italy for Scientists in the TWAS-SISSA-Lincei Research Cooperation Visits Program 2020/2021

Visit laboratories located in Trieste, Italy, for three months to carry out joint research projects in an all-expenses-paid-trip-to-Italy research program. 

Successful applicants will take on scientific research work in SISSA research areas and receive stipends for the duration of the visit.

See below for full details on research areas, deadline, eligibility, and how to apply for the fellowship. 

Application Deadline: 9 September 2020


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If you are selected, you will receive:

  • An invitation to conduct scientific research in laboratories in Trieste, Italy such as SISSA, for the duration of 3 months 
  • A funded trip to Italy 
  • Moderate funding for essentials such as feeding for the duration of the visit in Italy.


You are only eligible for this fellowship if  


  • Priority will be granted to projects relevant to sustainability science.
  • Female researchers are especially urged to apply.
  • Fellows already in the program are not eligible to apply.
  • Research proposals must fall under the umbrella of sustainability science and thus be relevant to areas that support the SDGs 
  • Only applications in the scientific fields in the foregoing will be considered:
    • Physics:
      • Astroparticle Physics (APP)
      • Astrophysics and Cosmology (APC)
      • Theory and Numerical Simulation of Condensed Matter (CM)
      • Physics and Chemistry of Biological Systems (SBP) –
      • Statistical Physics (SP)
      • Theoretical Particle Physics (TPP)
      • Data Science Excellence Department Initiative (DS)
    • Neuroscience:
      • Cognitive Neuroscience
      • Neurobiology
      • Functional and Structural Genomics
    • Mathematics:
      • Geometry
      • Mathematical analysis
      • Mathematical modeling
      • Mathematical physics
      • Numerical analysis and scientific computing
      • Data Science 
    • Science Outreach
    • COVID-related projects
  • Successful applicants must provide substantial proof that they will return to their home country on finalization of the Fellowship.
  • Applications for part-time visits will be not be considered.
  • Selected fellows must not take up other assignments during the period of their TWAS-SISSA-Lincei Research Cooperation Visits Program.
  • Applicants may apply for only one program per calendar year in the TWAS and OWSD portfolio.
  • Projects must fall under the stipulations of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Application Instructions

All applications should be written in English.

  • You are to submit an application comprising of:
    • The completed application form
    • A copy of your passport, even if expired (only the page with personal details is required)
    • Your updated curriculum vitae
    • A statement on scientific interests and future plans for research in sustainability sciences in the home country explicitly referring to which SDGs contributions are likely to be made
    • Full list of publications (do not enclose reprints of articles)
    • A copy of your MSc (or higher) certificate
    • A recent invitation letter obtained through SISSA which should contain the proposed time of the visit (3 months) and should refer to the proposed cooperation. 

It should be made evident that the applicant and the proposed host have been in contact regarding the scientific work to be done during the visit and that the conditions for conducting the work have been agreed in terms of the timing of the visit and the facilities available

    • Recent letters of recommendation, which must be submitted separately to TWAS by two referees who are familiar with your work. 

Only signed reference letters can be accepted.

  • Send the complete application form duly signed to the TWAS Secretariat. Applications may be sent by email as long as pages with signatures are sent as scanned documents. 
  • Incomplete/unsigned applications will not be accepted.

About the TWAS-SISSA-Lincei Research Cooperation Visits Program

The TWAS-SISSA-Lincei cooperation visits program is a joint initiative by the TWAS,  the Lincei Academy and SISSA, to support qualified scientists from Least Developed Countries to carry out research work in scientific fields within the SISSA portfolio. 

This year’s edition offers the opportunity to visit research laboratories in Trieste, Italy for collaborative research projects in Physics, Neuroscience, Mathematics, Science Outreach as well as COVID-related projects. 

The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications with relevant documentation should be forwarded to the TWAS Secretariat by 9th September, 2020. 

The research visit will last for 3 months. 

Fellowships are awarded by the Selection Committee on the basis of scientific merit.

The research program will be hosted in laboratories in Trieste, Italy

Networking and Partnership Opportunities

TWAS collaborates with a broad network of organizations with shared objectives in a bid to promote science in the developing world.

The TWAS-SISSA-Lincei Research Cooperation Visits Program is a joint task coordinated by 

With 80 professors, up to 100 post-docs, 300 PhD students and 110 technical administrative staff, SISSA’s activities center on three main areas: Physics, Neuroscience, and Mathematics.

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