For young scientists from developing countries (other than Malaysia) who wish to pursue advanced research in the natural sciences at the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Selangor, Malaysia.




Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:


be nationals of a developing country (other than Malaysia);

must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in Malaysia or any developed country;

hold a PhD degree in a field of the natural sciences;

apply for the fellowship within five years of having obtained a PhD degree in a field of the natural sciences;

be regularly employed in a developing country (other than Malaysia) and hold a research assignment there;

provide an official Acceptance Letter from a department, laboratory or institute at UPM (see sample Acceptance Letter in the application form). Requests for acceptance must be directed to Mrs. Chek Zan Kasah, Senior Deputy Registrar / Head of Administration, who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor. In contacting Mrs. Chek Zan Kasah, applicants must accompany their request for an Acceptance Letter with copy of their latest CV and a short write-up of research proposal (maximum 3 pages);

provide evidence of proficiency in English;

be financially responsible for any accompanying family member.


Submitting your application


The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 September of each year.

Applicants should submit the acceptance letter from a UPM department/laboratory to TWAS and UPM when applying or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.

Reference letters: Referees must send signed letters as attachment via e-mail directly to TWAS and UPM. The subject line must contain: UPM/ PDoc/the candidate’s surname. Alternatively, letters should be sent by post in sealed envelopes. Only signed reference letters can be accepted.

Applicants to the TWAS-UPM Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme should send their application to TWAS (by email) and UPM (by post and email).


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