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Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye Postgraduate Fellowship Programme(Fully funded PhD Scholarship for International Applicants). Apply Below

Application Deadline: December 25, 2023

Are you a scholar from a developing country in the Global South with aspirations to advance your research career and earn a Ph.D. in natural and related applied sciences? If so, you’ll be delighted to learn about the fellowship program jointly established by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TÜBİTAK) and TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences). This initiative is designed to provide valuable opportunities for researchers like you to pursue your academic dreams in the diverse and thriving scientific landscape of Türkiye.

About the Fellowship Program

The TÜBİTAK-TWAS fellowship program offers a unique chance for scholars from developing countries in the South to embark on a journey toward a Ph.D. in various fields of natural and applied sciences. The program opens doors to departments and laboratories in both public and private universities across Türkiye, as well as TÜBİTAK Research Centers and Institutes.

Key Program Details

  • Opening Date: September 15, 2023
  • Closing Date: December 25, 2023

Applicants are required to submit their applications exclusively through the TÜBİTAK online application system (TYBS). Prior to this, candidates must create a profile on the TÜBİTAK Researcher Information System (ARBİS).

Successful candidates will be awarded fellowships that are tenable for a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 12 months. Eligible fields for research under this program include:

  1. Agricultural Sciences
  2. Structural, Cell, and Molecular Biology
  3. Biological Systems and Organisms
  4. Medical and Health Sciences, including Neurosciences
  5. Chemical Sciences
  6. Engineering Sciences
  7. Astronomy, Space, and Earth Sciences
  8. Mathematical Sciences
  9. Physics
  10. Computing and Information Technology

To assist candidates in selecting a suitable host institution, a list of public and private universities in Türkiye can be found on the Yükseköğretim Kurulu (YÖK) website.

In addition, TÜBİTAK Research Centers and Institutes offer a wealth of opportunities:

Sandwich Option

This fellowship program also offers a “sandwich” research visit option to Ph.D. students from developing countries who are currently registered for a Ph.D. in their home country or another developing country (excluding Türkiye). Candidates should have either passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam or be in an advanced stage of their Ph.D. research.

Financial Support

TWAS will provide travel support to and from Türkiye, along with covering visa-related expenses. Meanwhile, TÜBİTAK will offer a monthly allowance to cover accommodation, living expenses, and medical facilities for minor ailments in Türkiye. Study fees, including tuitions, registration, and research costs, should either be waived or covered by the host institutes.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the TÜBİTAK-TWAS fellowship program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be permanent residents and nationals of a developing country in the South. (List of Developing Countries)
  • Candidates from Science and Technology Lagging countries (STLC) and women are especially encouraged to apply. (List of STLC)
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in Türkiye or any developed country.
  • Hold a master’s or equivalent degree in natural and related applied sciences.
  • Be a maximum age of 35 years as of December 31 of the application year.
  • Have registered for a Ph.D. in natural and related applied sciences and either passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam or be in an advanced stage of their Ph.D. research.
  • Provide an official Acceptance Letter from an eligible department, institution, or laboratory of a public or private university in Türkiye or TÜBİTAK Research Centers and Institutes.

How to Apply

The call for applications is open from September 15, 2023, until December 25, 2023. All applications must be submitted online via the TÜBİTAK online application system (TYBS).

For any inquiries regarding the submission of applications, please contact [email protected].

Contact Details

For further information and assistance, you can reach out to:

TWAS Fellowships Office

  • Address: ICTP campus, Strada Costiera 11, 34151 Trieste, Italy
  • Tel: +39 040 2240 687
  • Email: [email protected]

TÜBİTAK – BİDEB (The Department of Science Fellowships and Grant Programmes)

  • Coordinatorship of Research and Fellowship Programmes
  • 2216-B TUBITAK-TWAS Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programmes
  • Tel: +90 0312 444 66 90
  • Email: [email protected]

Application Documents

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to further your academic and research pursuits in Türkiye’s vibrant scientific community.

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