Are you a young researcher under the age of 35 interested in carrying out research addressing issues like internal diversity, its potential in contemporary societies for creativity, intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, regional and international cooperation, and ultimately sustainable peace and development? Then you should apply for the UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant.

Twelve research grants of $10,000 will be awarded to mobilize young researchers for further study of the Silk Roads shared heritage. 

Application Deadline: April 18th, 2021


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Grant winners get research grants of $10,000


The opportunity is open to :

  • Postgraduate researchers
  • People aged 35 and younger at the time of application.

N.B: The research may be carried out by an individual or a group.


Proposed research may cover one or several themes associated with the Silk Roads shared heritage including, but not limited to:

  • Science and Technology
  • Traditional Knowhow and Craftsmanship
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Language and Literature
  • Arts and Music
  • Traditional Sports and Games

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Application Instructions

Applicants are required to submit their research proposals by completing this template detailing their research, its methods, expected outcomes, and contribution to existing scholarship. 

Proposals should be submitted in English and sent to silkroadsgrant@unesco.org 

A comprehensive guide to the grant, including details on applicant eligibility criteria, suitable research topics, and evaluation process, is available here.

About the UNESCO 2021 Silk Roads Youth Research Grant

The Silk Roads Youth Research Grant is a new initiative that UNESCO has organized with the support of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, in the context of its Silk Roads and MOST Programmes which are part of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Programme.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The call for proposals will run from 21 January to 18 April 2021.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 18 April 2021.

The list of grant awardees will be announced at the end of June 2021.  

The submitted research proposals will be evaluated by a scientific panel of renowned international academics.

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