TWAS-Sida Ph.D. Scholarship Program for Climate Research for students from Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTS
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level PH.D
  • Eligible Region/Countries
    Least developed countries (Afghanistan included)
  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 50144
  • Funding Type Fully Funded
  • Duration 4 years

Opportunity Description

The World Academy of Sciences is a merit-based science school created for developing nations that brings together 1,000 experts from over 70 nations. Its main objective is to advance scientific excellence and capability for sustainable development in developing countries.
Through a cutting-edge and comprehensive Ph.D. training program, the “TWAS-Sida Ph.D. Scholarship Program for Climate Research for students from LDCs” aims to strengthen the basis of knowledge in climate research in the least Developed Countries. As part of this plan, high-level climate specialists have included TWAS’s Portfolio of Host Supervisors. Promising applicants from LDCs who have earned their MSc by December 2022 in a field related to the study of climate change may be eligible for Ph.D. scholarships. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency entirely funds the TWAS-Sida Ph.D. Scholarship Program for Climate Research for students from LDCs (Sida). The donation is meant to aid in the fight against climate change in a world beset by several global issues. The United Nations designated a particular set of nations as “Least Developed and Low-Income Countries,” indicating that they urgently require assistance and support. They are seriously falling behind in science and technology, impeding expansion attempts. Contributing to their capacity building is essential, particularly in climate change, impacting the way of life in many of their communities.


The following objectives of the TWAS-Sida Ph.D. Scholarship Program for Climate Research for students from LDCs:

  • Bolster the Least Developed Countries’ basis of knowledge in climate research.
  • Lessen the South’s loss of scientific expertise.
  • Fill the gap when scientists from developing nations are underrepresented, and there is a lack of scientists from the Least Developed Countries among the writers of the IPCC Assessment Reports.
  • Build and maintain centers of scientific excellence in LDCs for a more extended period to assist them in amassing a critical mass of highly skilled and creative scientists equipped to handle the issues that their nations face in real life.
  • Enhancing the intrinsic scientific potential of emerging nations.
  • Contribution to the initiatives supporting the SDGs and Sustainable Development in general, which are imperiled by the climate issue.
  • Assist in developing the ability to address climate change concerns in nations bearing the brunt of the crisis. For impacted societies to grow in a way that is as sustainable as feasible, ii) implement measures and policies for mitigation and adaptation, climate literacy is essential.

Brief Details

Founded by: The World Academy of Sciences
Supported by: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
Type: Fully Funded
Level: Ph.D.
Deadline: 5 October 2022
Ph.D. Starting Date: September 2023
Announcing Date: February 2023
Duration: 4 years
Eligible Countries: Least developed countries (Afghanistan included)

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Benefits of The Program

The stipend will pay for food and lodging throughout the student’s stay in the nation where their Ph.D. research will be conducted. In addition, a ticket to and from the host nation, VISA fees, and health insurance are covered.

  • Full-time mechanism: A maximum of four years may be awarded as the scholarship’s term, split as follows: 3 years of research plus one year to finish the thesis.
  • Sandwich mechanism:
  1. Option a) If you enroll in the first year of a Ph.D. program at an LDC in your home country and immediately set up the Sandwich mechanism, the scholarship will pay for your tuition and fees for the entire four years of your Ph.D. as well as your travel expenses, visa fees, and health insurance.
  2. Option b) If you are already enrolled in a doctoral program in your home country or a developing nation at the time of application or award, the scholarship will only pay for the stipend for the months spent at the collaborating host institution as well as the costs of your travel to and from the host nation, your visa, and health insurance.
  • Publication expenses and open access: Awardees will get assistance in their efforts to publish in open access journals wherever practical.
  • Special training programs: Workshops to develop soft skills and increase “SDGs Literacy” will be organized, also in collaboration with the IPCC, which supports this program, to ensure that the program produces well-rounded experts.
  • Participation in international conferences: Grantees will receive allowances for attending one meeting from attending during the fellowship time.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be citizens of one of the nations classified by the United Nations as Least Developed Countries (LDCs). List
  • By December 2022, male candidates for this program must be 35 years old, and female applicants must be 40 years old.
  • An MSc in a subject area related to climate change-related issues.
  • MSc degree: previously earned or in progress; if in progress, it must be finished by December 31 of the application year.
  • Scientists who are women are especially encouraged to apply.

Documents Requirement

  • Scan of your passport.
  • Your MSc diploma, if you have one.
  • Your MSc transcripts, whether you have earned your MSc or not; an academic transcript is a record of the modules and courses you took during your program of study and your grades.
  • A resume no more than five pages, including publications.
  • Two letters of recommendation from scientists acquainted with your work or studies, one of which cannot be your home Ph.D. supervisor; the letters must be typed on letterhead, signed, and date the same year as your application.
  • Certificate of English language proficiency: If your primary language of instruction was not English, please provide proof of your language ability, such as a score on a standardized test (such as the TOEFL or IELTS) or a letter from your university attesting to your language skills; if your primary language of instruction was English, please write a brief statement describing the level of English instruction you received, such as high school, a bachelor’s or master’s degree, etc. You, the applicant, must date and sign this declaration.

Along with the preceding, the Sandwich Mechanism also involves:

  • A “Letter of Support” from the local/home supervisor at the university where you are enrolled or plan to enroll to complete your Ph.D.
  • A certification of your enrollment as a Ph.D. candidate if you have previously applied for a Ph.D.
  • Certificate of No Objection (only if already registered for a Ph.D.). It must be printed on institutional letterhead, stamped with an official stamp, and signed by the institution’s director or chief executive.

Components of the program

  • “Portfolio of Host Supervisors” from TWAS This climate Ph.D. scholarship program aims to provide applicants with research and soft skills that are helpful for taking action in the context of climatic change concerns. High-level climate specialists were among the possible host supervisors chosen by TWAS; their names are featured in the TWAS “Portfolio of Host Supervisors.”
  • choosing a scientific field of study. Candidates must complete an application form on an online portal with a series of questions that need written responses to be considered for this scholarship. Candidates will be asked to briefly describe their statement of purpose about this Climate Ph.D. opportunity in some of the application form’s questions. Based on their preferred fields of scientific inquiry, candidates will also need to select a possible host supervisor from TWAS’s “Portfolio of Host Supervisors.” Candidates won’t need to post a research proposal because, if chosen, one must be defined following selections with the host supervisor.
  • two potential mechanisms. This Ph.D. grant opportunity has two possible means:
  1. FULL-TIME: Using this method, you’ll be enrolled for a Ph.D. in the host nation and complete all of your doctorate research there, earning the host institution’s degree. The host institution may be located in an LDC or another Global South nation.
  2. SANDWICH: Using this system, you will be enrolled for a Ph.D. in your home country, which must be an LDC, and only conduct a portion of the research in the host nation, spending intervals (such as 1-3 months each year or as required) at another university with a cooperating host supervisor.

How to Apply?

Please ensure the following before beginning your application on the online platform:

  • Have thoroughly examined and comprehended this program’s primary processes, namely both. The TWAS Portfolio of Host Supervisors, the Full-Time, and Sandwich Options.
  • Have thoroughly reviewed the TWAS Portfolio of Host Supervisors’ list of supervisors and have decided on your top two choices for a host supervisor for whom you wish to apply.

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Contact [email protected] if you have any questions or trouble applying for this program, or for more information, kindly visit TWAS’s official website.

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