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UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Fellowship 2022

UNESCO is calling for proposals for the Silk Roads Youth Research Fellowship 2022

When is the application deadline:

May 31, 2022.

Tell me about the UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Fellowship:

UNESCO calls on young women and men under 35 to apply for the 2022 edition Youth on the Silk Roads Research Grant. The grant aims to mobilize young researchers for a more in-depth study of the common heritage of the Silk Roads. Twelve scholarships from $10,000 will be awarded per research project.

Research should address specific questions regarding:

  • the common heritage and plural identities developed along the Silk Roads,
  • its internal diversity,
  • its potential in contemporary societies for creativity, intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, regional and international cooperation, and
  • ultimately lasting peace and development.

The UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Fellowship was first launched in 2021 and is organized under the UNESCO Silk Roads Program with the support of the National Commission of the Republic People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, within the framework of UNESCO’s social and human sciences programme.

Which fields are eligible?

A wide range of research areas, including multidisciplinary and multidimensional proposals not limited to a specific region or timeline, are eligible. Proposed research may cover one or more themes associated with the shared heritage of the Silk Roads, including, but not limited to:

  • Science, technology and traditional know-how
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Language and Literature
  • Arts and music
  • Traditional sports and games
  • Economy and Trade
  • The legacy of the Silk Roads and contemporary issues

What type of scholarship is this?


Who can apply for the UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Fellowship?

Postgraduate scholars, aged 35 and under at the time of application, are eligible to apply for the grant. The proposed research may be carried out by an individual researcher or may be part of a group research or collaborative project.

How are candidates selected?

Submitted research proposals will be evaluated by a scientific panel composed of renowned international academics.

The list of scholarship recipients will be announced during the end of September 2022.

How many grants will be awarded?


What is the benefit of the UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Fellowship?

$10,000 per research project.

How to apply for a grant:

Applicants should submit their research proposals by download and fill out the template provided detailing their research project, its methods, expected results and contribution to existing research.

Proposals should be submitted in English and sent to: [email protected]

A full guide to the grant, including details on applicant eligibility criteria, suitable research topics and the review process, is available here:

  • Winning research projects of the first edition
  • More information on social and human sciences at UNESCO

Visit the award webpage for more details