TWAS-UPM Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

The World Academy of Sciences


  • TWAS-UPM Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable in the departments, institutions and laboratories of the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) for a minimum period of six (6) months to a maximum period of twelve months and are awarded to young scientists from developing countries (other than Malaysia) to enable them to pursue advanced research in the natural sciences.
  • UPM will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation and food.
  • The language of instruction is English.


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, chekzan@​upm.​edu.​my 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.

To Apply

Submission of 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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