Application opens for 5th ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship programme

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE ASEAN Foundation, with the support from the ASEAN Secretariat and United States (US) government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), called for applications for the 5th ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship programme.

According to a press release on the ASEAN Secretariat website, the programme is targetted at early- and mid-career scientists from the 10 ASEAN member countries.

The programme aims to empower ASEAN scientists to lead the efforts of fostering and institutionalising science-based policy-making throughout the region by placing them in relevant government line ministries in their home countries for one year. Under the mentorship of a fellowship supervisor from the ministry, the scientists will harness their knowledge and skills to support the policy makers in making informed policy decisions for the benefits of the citizens.

At the 8th ASEAN – US Consultation on Science and Technology, three themes for the 2019 programme were selected: digital economy; innovative start-ups; and science, technology and innovation for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

These themes were selected for their importance towards ASEAN’s effort in reaching global markets, promoting innovation and integration, and narrowing development gaps across the region, as stated in the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) 2016 – 2025. Fellows will receive various privileges throughout the one-year programme, such as monthly stipend, opportunity to networking and involvement in workshops and ASEAN high-level meetings. The call for applications period will be closed on February 24, 2019.

Information on 5th ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship 2019 can be found at https://aseanstfellowship.aseanfoundation.org/, further questions can be addressed to [email protected]