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UNESCO World Science Day 2015

Concept Note

1. Background and Motivation

Since the year 2001, UNESCO World Science Day for Peace and Development has been celebrated on the 10th of November to echo why science is relevant in our daily lives and to engage the public in debate on related issues. By throwing bridges between science and society, we want to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science, while underscoring the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

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Staff Exchange in Sub-Saharan Africa: Fellowship Announcement

DAAD, as a publicly funded, self-governing organisation of the institutions of higher education in Germany, promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programmes.

The purpose of the programme is to promote inter-university co-operation through academic mobility and to enhance the quality of teaching and research at Sub-Saharan African universities.

DAAD is offering approximately 10 fellowships in 2015.

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The upcoming transition from the MDGs to the post 2015 development agenda offers African countries the opportunities for stepping up efforts in the areas of poverty reduction, education, food security, disease control, access to water and sanitation, gender equality and the development of partnerships, while ensuring this happens in an overall context of sustainable development. UNESCO under its science programme provides technical advice and support to African member states to address issues of policy and governance, capacity building in science, technology and innovation, water security, environmental sustainability and resilience building to combat climate change and enhance disaster risk management.


Call for funding - NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) have partnered to pursue the goal of advancement of Science in developing countries through the establishment of the NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship funding instrument.

TWAS is based in Italy and operates as a programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the advancement of science in developing countries.  The parties entered into a contractual agreement to support postdoctoral fellows from Africa and developing countries who will be funded per annum for a maximum of three (3) years to pursue full-time research training in South Africa.  There will be an intake of 10 postdoctoral fellows each year for three (3) years, starting in 2016.

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Twas -Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016

Application guidelines are explained in the document downloadable below. Candidates must read the document together with the call or framework document of the funding instrument that highlights the funding instrument eligibility criteria and requirements.

For technical online enquiries, please contact the NRF Support Desk during office hours from 08:00 to 16:30 Monday to Friday.

Tel: 012-481 4202

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Download the Application Guide-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016


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