Scholarships and research grants

Governments, UN agencies, educational institutions and private and other non-governmental organizations provide research-related financial support to LDCs. Many of these are available to all developing countries with priority given to LDCs, but some are available exclusively to LDCs. Financial support is provided in the form of scholarships for graduate degree programs, fellowships for capacity development of researchers, travel grants for participating in academic conferences, research funds for conducting research projects, and so on. The field of specialization is diverse, including agriculture, business, economics, engineering, information technology, legal studies, medical science, natural science, public administration, etc.

The following is a list of some of the research-related financial support available to students and researchers from LDCs.

Name Coverage Field Target group
AAEA Travel Grant Travel Agriculture, Economics Early career researchers
AUTM Developing Economies Scholarship Scholarship, Research fund, Travel Science, Engineering Early career technical transfer professionals
Berkeley Law School LDC Scholarship Scholarship, Travel Law Students, mid-career professionals from LDCs
ESMT Kofi Annan Fellowship Scholarship, Travel Business Students from LDCs
IPCC Scholarship Programme Research fund Climate Change Students from LDCs and SIDS are given priority
IUGA-Funded Research Opportunities for LDCs Research fund Medical science Researchers from LDCs
OWSD Fellowship Scholarship Science Female students from Sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs
HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Germany in cooperation with the Kofi Annan Business Schools Foundation (KABSF) Scholarship Law Students from LDCs
UN International Law Fellowship Programme Scholarship, Travel Law Mid-career government officials, early career teachers
UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Fellowships Research fund Life science Early career female researchers
UNESCO/Republic of Korea Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme Scholarship, Travel Education Early career female teachers
UNITAR fellowships for diplomatic training Fellowships Diplomacy Diplomats and others from LDCs

Note: Scholarship includes support for degree or non-degree programs. Research funding includes support for research project implementation. Travel covers travel-related expenses.

Other scholarships:

Nationals of LDCs and other developing countries are given high priority for scholarships for the University of Barcelona´s Master of Laws in International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO LL.M.). Between 2008 and 2018, ten recipients were from LDCs: Afghanistan(1), Cambodia(1), Ethiopia (4), Uganda (2) and Tanzania (2). More information at IELPO Scholarship Programme.

The UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme offers 20 fellowshipws per year for the benefit of developing countries, especially LDCs, for research on environment, intercultural dialogue, information and communication technologies and peaceful conflicts resolution. Between 2001 and 2015, 74 fellows from 26 LDCs received the award. More information at UNESCO Keizo Obuchi fellowships.

The Government of Israel provides fellowships for the benefit of developing countries, especially the LDCs, within the framework of the UNESCO Fellowships Programme. Beneficiaries of these fellowships participate in a variety of training courses in Israel, conducted under the sponsorship of MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation. More information: UNESCO information pageWeitz Center for Development StudiesApplications.

The Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) is a global community, bringing together a wide variety of security and incident response teams including product security teams from the government, commercial, and academic sectors. Its members have resolved a continuous stream of security-related attacks and incidents including handling security vulnerabilities affecting computer systems and networks throughout the world connected by the Internet. FIRST annually offers up to two teams from LDCs the ability to participate in the FIRST community. Teams from the following countries were admitted to the FIRST Fellowship Program: Bangladesh (2014), Uganda (2015), Tanzania (2015), Bangladesh (2016), Myanmar (2016). More information at FIRST Fellowship Program.

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Research Professors Programme provides institutions and research groups located in LDCs with the opportunity to establish long-term links with TWAS members to assist in research activities and advanced training and so help develop the local scientific capacities. TWAS is an international science academy, founded in 1983 in Trieste, Italy, by a group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. Within the framework of the programme, TWAS Members are appointed to institutions in LDCs for a period of five years, during which they visit the host institution three times for a minimum stay of one month each time. Programme details.