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TWAS-IACS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2012 - For young scientists from developing countries

For young scientists from developing countries (other than India) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in certain fields of natural sciences, including biological chemistry, condensed matter physics, inorganic chemistry, materials science, non conventional energy, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer science, spectroscopy and theoretical physics at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, India. Deadline: 30 June.

IMPORTANT: The following is additional information concerning the TWAS-IACS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme tenable in India. It is an integral part of the information given here: TWAS Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research.

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 TWOWS that are mutually exclusive.

Programme Details

  1. TWAS-IACS Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) for a minimum period of six months to a maximum period of twelve months in the following fields:
    • Theoretical physics;
    • Condensed matter physics;
    • Spectroscopy;
    • Materials science;
    • Non-conventional energy;
    • Physical chemistry;
    • Organic chemistry;
    • Inorganic chemistry;
    • Biological chemistry;
    • Polymer science.
  2. IACS will provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. 
  3. The language of instruction is English.

Applicants for these Fellowships must meet the following criteria:
-be a maximum age of 40 years on 31 December of the application year;
-hold a PhD degree in a field of natural sciences;
-be nationals of a developing country (other than India);
-must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in India or any developed country;
-be regularly employed in a developing country (other than India) and hold a research assignment there;
-provide an official Acceptance Letter from a department of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) (see sample Acceptance Letter in the application form). Requests for acceptance must be directed to the Dean-Academic Prof. Sreebrata Goswami by e-mail ( who will facilitate assignment of a host supervisor. In contacting Prof. Goswami applicants must accompany their request for an Acceptance Letter with copy of their CV and a research proposal outline;
-provide evidence of proficiency in English.

Submitting your application

  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 June of each year.
  • Applicants must submit an Acceptance Letter from a department of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) 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 IACS. The subject line must contain: IACS/PDoc/candidate’s surname. Alternatively, reference letters can be sent by post in sealed envelopes. Only signed reference letters can be accepted.
  • Applicants to the TWAS-IACS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme should send a copy of their application both to TWAS (by post, fax or email) and IACS (hard copy only).

Click on the links below to download the application form and guidelines. Before applying it is recommended that you read very carefully the application guidelines for detailed information on eligibility criteria, deadlines and other key requirements of the application procedure.


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