UNESCO 2022 Silk Roads Youth Research Grant

UNESCO calls on young women and men under the age of 35 to apply for the 2022 Silk Roads Youth Research Grant. The grant aims to mobilize young researchers for further study of the Silk Roads shared heritage. Twelve grants of USD10,000 will be awarded per research project. 

The research needs to address specific issues relating to: 

  • the shared 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 sustainable peace and development. 

The UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant was first launched in 2021 and is organized within the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme with the support of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, in the context of UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Programme. 

Aim and Benefits of UNESCO Research Grant

USD10,000 per research project. 

Requirements for UNESCO Research Grant Qualification

A broad array of research fields, including multidisciplinary and multidimensional proposals not limited to one specific region or chronology, are eligible. Proposed research may cover one or several themes associated with the Silk Roads shared heritage including, but not limited to: 

  • Science, Technology and Traditional Knowhow  
  • 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

Who can apply for the Research Grant?

Postgraduate researchers, aged 35 and younger 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 the research of a group or collaborative project. 
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Interview date, Process and Venue for UNESCO Research Grant

  • The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 May 2022
  • The submitted research proposals will be evaluated by a scientific panel comprised of renowned international academics. 
  • The list of grant awardees will be announced at the end of September 2022

Application Deadline

May 31, 2022

How to Apply

  • Applicants are required to submit their research proposals by downloading and completing the template provided detailing their research project, its methods, expected outcomes and contribution to existing scholarship. 
  • Proposals should be submitted in English and sent to: silkroadsgrant@unesco.org 
  • A comprehensive guide to the grant, including details on applicant eligibility criteria, suitable research topics, and evaluation process, is available here: Applicant Guidelines

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