TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Program 2024

Deadline: 05th of June, 2024

Applications for the 2024 TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Program are now being accepted.Postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, have the chance to participate in a three-month “Cooperation Visit” at a German research center under the TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme. These visits have to be made within a year after the award.

The aim of the visit is to initiate research collaboration between African and German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term links, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes. DFG will cover travel expenses and provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.


  • Applicants need to hold a PhD obtained not earlier than 2019; however, for female applicants the year limit for the PhD can be extended by two years per child, i.e. for a woman with one child the PhD year would be 2017 or later. This exception for female applicants has a limit of three children which equals a maximum of six years. Therefore, the PhD of a female applicant with three or more children should not have been obtained before 2013.
  • Applicants must be nationals of a sub-Saharan African country, including South Africa, and hold a research position in sub-Saharan African country.
  • Applicants already on site in Germany are not eligible.
  • Applicants with an established collaboration with the intended host are not eligible. Examples of established collaboration include one common publication with the host Professor; a previous visit to the host laboratory; interactions between applicant and supervisor as a result of meeting at a conference; the host Professor was previously the applicant’s MSc or PhD supervisor.
  • Previous recipients of a TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visit cannot reapply. For a second visit, the German host can apply for funding under the DFG Initiation of International Collaboration Programme.
  • Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.
  • All academic fields will be considered.

Submission Procedure:

Applicants must complete the online application form by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ button at the bottom of this page. While filling in the online application, applicants also need to upload the following documentation:

  • scanned copy of your passport, even if expired (page with your name and surname);
  • a recent invitation letter from a German host:
  1. – maximum two pages on the host institution’s letterhead paper,
  2. – it should contain the proposed time of the visit (up to 3 months) and should refer to the proposed cooperation; the results of the selection will be available in spring 2024.
  3. – It should be made evident that the applicant and the proposed host have mutually agreed on the research proposal that will be submitted;
  4. – confirmation that the necessary research facilities are available;
  • two reference letters from senior scientists familiar with your work. The letters need to be on headed paper and signed;
  • copy of the PhD certificate;
  • evidence of proficiency in either English or German;
  • supporting statement from the Head/Director of the applicant’s home institute: it must confirm that the Head/Director is favourable to the application and that the applicant will be granted leave to take up the cooperation visit in Germany if awarded.

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