TWAS-USM Postgraduate Fellowship Programme 2019 in Malaysia
  • Partially Funded
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia

This is a postgraduate fellowship for young scientists from developing countries (other than Malaysia) who wish to pursue studies towards a PhD degree in the natural sciences at the Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Details of the Programme:

TWAS-USM Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable in the departments, institutions and laboratories of the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for a period of up to three years (renewable yearly) for studies leading to a PhD degree in the natural sciences.

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The fields of research are: Agricultural Sciences; Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biological Systems and Organisms; Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences; Chemical Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; and Physics.

The academic year in Malaysia begins in September and the second semester in February of each year, following the year of application. Candidates will enroll for their PhD at a USM department/laboratory and must observe USM’s academic calendar and be ready to start their fellowship on the first day of classes/courses.

The duration of the postgraduate fellowship is 3 years. The award of the fellowship is subject to obtaining in due course a final offer letter of admission from USM that must be approved by the relevant USM School. Upon receipt of the USM-TWAS award letter from TWAS, candidates will need to contact in due course the Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS) of USM to apply for the final offer letter. In case the application for the final offer letter of admission is not approved by USM, the award will become null and void.

Location:

Malaysia

Benefits

USM will provide a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance.

Eligibilities

Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a maximum age of 35 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 Master’s degree in a field of natural sciences.
  • Provide an official Acceptance Letter from the USM Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS). Requests for Acceptance Letters must be directed to Prof. Rozman Hj Din, Dean, Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS) (at emails: [email protected] and [email protected]) who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor. The acceptance letter must come from the IPS Dean (and not from any Head of Department or supervisors at USM).
  • In contacting the IPS Dean applicants must accompany their request for an Acceptance Letter with all the following documents:
    – copy of an updated CV;
    – a short write-up of research proposal (maximum 5 pages);
    – scanned copies of certificates, academic transcripts (certified true copy of Bachelor and Master degree certificates) with CGPA 3.5/4.0 and above and related credentials;
    – two referee letters;
    – a scanned copy of the front page of the applicant’s publications;
    – a letter of support from a potential supervisor at USM
    – provide evidence of proficiency in English. In this regard, the requirements for postgraduate candidates are as follows: A minimum score of 35 for TOEFL (Internet-based) (https://www.ets.org); or a minimum of Band 5 for IELTS (https://www.ielts.org); or a minimum score of 36 for PTE (https://pearsonpte.com); or a minimum score of 154 for CAE/CPE (https://www.cambridgeenglish.org).
    – Exemption is given to candidates who: have English as their mother tongue or national language; or graduated from an Institution of Higher Learning in which the medium of instruction at Bachelor and/or Master degree level is English; or have taken English courses from selected Malaysian public/private university or institution.
  • Only requests for acceptance letters that contain all the above required documents will be processed by the IPS, USM.
  • Be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.
  • Provide evidence of proficiency in English.
  • Provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship.
Eligible Regions: Developing countries in the South

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: July 15, 2019

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