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UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Fellowship 2022 (Up to $10,000)

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Applications are open for the UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Fellowship 2022. The fellowship aims to mobilize young scholars for further study of the common heritage of the Silk Roads.

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.

To agree

  • Twelve scholarships of USD 10,000 will be awarded per research project.


  • 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.

Eligible research areas

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


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]

For more information, visit UNESCO.