UNOSSC Youth4South & ICGEB Empower Fellowship 2021 for Women Scientists in developing countries

UNOSSC Youth4South & ICGEB Empower Fellowship 2021 for Women Scientists in developing countries
 UNOSSC Youth4South & ICGEB Empower Fellowship 2021 for Women Scientists in developing countries

In the UNOSSC Youth4South & ICGEB Empower Fellowship 2021, the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) under its Youth4South initiative and the ICGEB have partnered to offer early-career female scientists from the Global South, aged 45 or under, exchange visits of 6-months at the ICGEB laboratories in New Delhi (India) and Cape Town (South Africa) or at other institutions based in an eligible ICGEB Member State*, to perform research work on biotechnology and related fields, including Health (Infectious Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases), Sustainable and Effective Agriculture, Industrial Biotechnology and Renewable Energy.

Application Deadline: 30th September 2021
About the UNOSSC Youth4South & ICGEB Empower Fellowship:
Type of Award: Fellowship

for the ICGEB Empower Fellowship, applicants from the following ICGEB Member States are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to nationals from developing countries, particularly from Least Developed Countries:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Republic of), Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela (the Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Zimbabwe
In case of emergency related to COVID-19, the programme may be subject to adjustments 


  • The ICGEB Empower Fellowship Selection Committee will evaluate complete applications received by the closing date. The candidates will be notified of the outcome by e-mail as soon as possible following the closing date for applications. The main criteria for selection include the scientific excellence of the project, the qualities of the candidate’s CV and the potential benefit in terms of mentoring and acquisition of new expertise.

Eligible Countries for the UNOSSC Youth4South & ICGEB Empower Fellowship:  Developing Countries
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award:

  • The UNOSSC Youth4South & ICGEB Empower Fellowship will include:
  • Stipend, health insurance and travel
  • Applying the latest techniques and methodologies to your chosen research topic
  • Opportunities for mentoring, peer-to-peer learning and complementary skills Immersion in a top-class international scientific environment


  • ICGEB New Delhi: a Guest House is run on campus, on a twin-share basis, for a nominal rate.
  • ICGEB Cape Town: accommodation support is provided to fellows. Arrangements are agreed prior to arrival.
  • For other ICGEB Member States, please get in touch with the hosting institution

Duration of Award:
Duration: In the application form, you will be requested to indicate the desired start date of your fellowship. This can be set tentatively from November 1st, 2021, in agreement with the host supervisor. The fellow has a duration of 6 months. Please note that all fellowships shall possibly be completed by June 2022.
Monthly stipend: US$ 1,800 or equivalent

  • the fellowship includes provision for travel expenses from the participant’s home country to the host lab at the beginning of the fellowship and a return travel provision upon completion of the fellowship.
  • Medical health insurance coverage is provided for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Visa/permit of stay application and renewal costs are reimbursed.
  • ICGEB makes no financial provision, nor can it provide administrative support for family members of participants in the programme

How to Apply for the UNOSSC Youth4South & ICGEB Empower Fellowship:

Applicants for the UNOSSC Youth4South & ICGEB Empower Fellowship should contact the ICGEB Group Leader of their choice in New Delhi or Cape Town or the Principal Investigator of the identified hosting laboratory in one of the eligible ICGEB Member States* by sending a motivation letter and an outline of the proposed research project (2 pages maximum), to determine availability of laboratory space and define the proposal that will form integral part of the application.

Proposed projects must be innovative and fall within ICGEB research domain namely Infectious Diseases, including research on SARS-CoV-2, Non-Communicable Diseases, Medical Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, and Plant Biology and Biotechnology (please see and ICGEB laboratories in New Delhi and ICGEB laboratories in Cape Town).

The written statement from the Principal Investigator who is willing to support your project is mandatory to apply

Please note that you will be requested to upload the following documents in pdf format:
(i) Your full CV
(ii) Written Statement from the ICGEB Group Leader or CV of the Principal Investigator of the identified hosting laboratory
(iii) A valid identification document (passport or identity card)
(iv) For visits to ICGEB Component laboratories, English Certificate (TOEFL, Cambridge or similar), if available. This document is not requested when scholastic education has been undertaken in English. Different language certificates might be requested by other host institutions.

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