Participants terms and conditions:

To strengthen the connection between scientists and governmental officials, policymakers and diplomats, applications to attend the workshop are being invited from 'pair application'. Both should be living and/or working in the same country.

Applicants should be Arab scientists and policy/decision makers who are living and working in developing countries.

The applicants in the 'pair application' should share some common interest in the areas of science, technology and innovation. However, it is not necessary that they work or have been working together in the past.

The 'pair application' will include:

  1. Applicant: a Young Scientist (40 years or below) whose research and wider engagement has international policymaking implications or applications, and
  2. Co-applicant: from the policymaking arena, working on science, technology, and innovation-related matters. This person should belong to one of the following categories:
    • A local or national government official.
    • A policymaker.
    • A diplomat.
    • A representative of an academy of sciences.
    • Civil servant.
    • A representative of a research funding institution.
    • Staff or expert working for and/or with an international (e.g. UN, NGOs or others organizations).

If necessary, young scientists' applicants are encouraged to check with the head of their home institute for suggestions on a possible suitable co-applicant from the policymaking arena.

The two applicants in the pair application will apply individually, but must confirm their participant pair partner on their application and explain why it is a good partnership. Thus, participant pairs must have agreed in advance about their 'twinned' applications.

Alumni of this hybrid workshop will join a global network of young leaders and innovators reaching across borders to address societal challenges and become agents of change in their countries and sectors.

Applications are invited from young Arab scientists (up to the age 40) as well as researchers/scientists, diplomats, representatives from NGOs, industry, and other sectors working at the science diplomacy nexus.

Applicants from Science & Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from the Arab region are especially encouraged to apply.

Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Before submitting, your "pair application” please consider the following points:

  1. Applicant pairs must have agreed in advance about their 'pair' applications.
  2. Applications that do not identify a Co-applicant will not be considered. Therefore, it is highly recommended to find a partner co-applicant BEFORE applying.
  3. You can submit the application only once. You cannot make changes to the application once it has been submitted.
  4. Application is in English. All submitted documents MUST be in English.
  5. Before applying make sure to prepare the below list of supporting documents that you need to submit along with your application:
    • Applicant: a Young Scientist (40 years or below)
      • A scanned copy of your passport, even if expired. Only the page with picture and personal details is required.
      • Curriculum vitae (CV).
      • Reference letters (at least one signed letter) addressed to the TWAS-AREP, for this workshop. Only signed reference letter(s) will be accepted.
      • Supporting statement (on official headed paper) by the head/director of the applicant's current employment.
    • Co-applicant: from the policymaking arena:
      • A scanned copy of your passport. Only the page with picture and personal details is required.
      • Curriculum vitae (CV).
  6. Before filling your application please check, Science diplomacy-related projects/policies undertaken.
    NB. Please note that international collaborative scientific research projects are not necessarily "science diplomacy" and should not be listed here. Applicants listing activities that are NOT science diplomacy will be graded lower. For a full definition of science diplomacy see "New Frontiers in Science Diplomacy", Report, The Royal Society, January 2010,
Deadline to receive Applications: 21 August 2023