In May 2022, the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-through The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Italy- signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on launching the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO Scholarship Program.
This new scholarship is under the framework of the ANSO Scholarship for Young Talents. It supports 40 PhD students from the developing world per year, with special emphasis on women and students from the least developed countries (LDCs), to study either in the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), both of which are affiliated to CAS. The program will start from 2023.
CAS and TWAS have enjoyed long-term cooperation on capacity building. More than 1,220 students from about 75 countries came to China to pursue PhD studies under the CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship program from 2014-2019. According to record, these students and graduates have published more than 1,400 scientific papers since 2013.
As founding members of ANSO whose inauguration took place in Nov. 2018, CAS and TWAS were both interested in continuing the long-standing cooperation and close partnership on educating the young from the South. After discussion, they decided to launch a new scholarship program called the ANSO-CAS-TWAS/UNESCO Scholarship under the ANSO platform.