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UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant Application


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invites young women and men under the age of 35 to apply for the 2023 UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant Program.

The Silk Road Program is an ongoing work to better understand the rich history and shared legacy of the historic Silk Road and the ways in which cultures have mutually influenced each other. In light of the enduring legacy of the Silk Roads in connecting civilizations throughout history, the UNESCO Silk Roads Program revives and extends these historic networks in a digital space, bringing people together in an ongoing dialogue and fostering a mutual understanding of the diverse and often inter-related cultures that have sprung up around these routes.

Research field :
Research fields, including multidisciplinary and multidimensional proposals but 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 and Technology and Traditional Know-how. These themes include:

  • 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.

Research Focus:
Proposed research must focus on the results of cultural interactions and exchanges, and within a given field must showcase the concrete resulting elements, be they tangible or intangible, as identifiable in two or more cultures along the Silk Roads and beyond.
Research may be interdisciplinary in approach, and where possible, provide dynamic and novel ideas on the processes of exchange and transformation along the Silk Roads and its meaning and value in contemporary societies.

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  • All Postgraduate researchers from all countries of the world aged 35 years 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 a group or collaborative project, however only one grant will be awarded per research project.

Submission Process:
Applicants are required to submit a proposal by using the standard template provided detailing their research, its methods, expected outcomes and contribution to existing scholarship. Proposals should be submitted in English and sent by e-mail to:

Funding Award:
Twelve grants of USD 10,000 will be awarded per research project.

The call for proposals will run from 8 March to 31 May 2023. Grant awardees will be announced in October 2023 following the evaluation process.

For more information, visit UNESCO.

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