Applications are now open for the 2013-2014 TWAS-USM Fellowship for Visiting Scholars in Malaysia. The fellowships are for scientists from developing countries (other than Malaysia) who wish to pursue advanced research in natural sciences.
Programme Details

  • TWAS-USM Visiting Scholar Fellowships in natural sciences are tenable for a minimum period of one month to a maximum of three months at a school/department of the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). For a complete list of schools and departments at USM see
  • USM will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.
  • The language of instruction is English.

Applicants for these Fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a maximum age of 55 years on 31 December of the application year.
  • 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 and a regular research assignment with at least five years of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Provide an official Acceptance Letter from a department, laboratory or institute at USM (see sample Acceptance Letter in the application form). Requests for acceptance must be directed to the Dean, Institute of Postgraduate Studies, USM (Prof. Roshada Hashim: by e-mail [email protected]) who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor. In contacting Prof. Hashim 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

  • Download the application form from the link at the bottom of the page (under “related content” on their webpage).
  • Applicants should submit the acceptance letter from a USM school/department and TWAS 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 attachments via e-mail directly to TWAS and USM The subject line must contain: USM/VS/ candidate’s surname. Alternatively, letters should be sent by post in sealed envelopes. Only signed reference letters can be accepted.
  • Applicants to the TWAS-USM Visiting Scholar Fellowship Programme should send their application to TWAS and USM (by post, fax or email).


  • Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one fellowship per year. With the exception of the fellowships “for research collaboration”, all other fellowship programmes offered by TWAS and OWSD that are mutually exclusive.
  • Incomplete/unsigned applications will NOT be accepted. This also applies to submissions by fax and electronic mail which must include all enclosures and be signed (either digitally or by including a scanned signature).
  • Applications will ONLY be acknowledged when processed.
  • Successful candidates will be notified by February of the year following the application.

Deadline: 15 September each year
For more information, and to apply, click here