Young Scientists’ Fellowship Program (YSFP)

creating conditions for students and young researchers in the Islamic world—so that they can use the capacities of other Islamic countries— will strongly exhort them to become familiar with state-of-the-art technologies and scientific achievements while benefiting from exchanging ideas, which will foster the development of science and technology in the Islamic world. This target is remarkably effective in tackling important issues of the Islamic world and is not attainable but through the cooperation of scientific and technological institutions active in this ecosystem. The Mustafa(pbuh) Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF), offers programs in areas of capacity building, networking, and discourse-making.

One of these programs is ‘Young Scientists’ Fellowship Program (YSFP)’, which provides research opportunities for young scientists in the Islamic world who are under 45 years of age. In the YSFP, the Islamic world scientific research institutes consent to cooperate as a host to researchers. The YSFP issues a call to researchers, which requires them to submit their applications. Applicants who have a practical and problem-solving research proposal and hold an influential scientific position will be evaluated in the MSTF Secretariat. The initial winners at this stage will be introduced to the host institute for final review and selection. In this program, applicants will be selected among young scientists, researchers, and technologists under 45 years of age, including those holding master’s degrees, as well as university instructors of the Islamic world. The basis for the evaluation of applicants is the information provided in the registration form and the attached documents. The received documents will be evaluated in three steps. Then, by considering the scores of individuals and taking into account the priorities mentioned in the proposal, the nominees, who are eligible to benefit from the Fellowship , will be selected.

Step 1: Primary evaluation in the Permanent Secretariat (without competing with others); the purpose of this evaluation is the initial screening before sending the documents to the evaluation committees.
Step 2: Evaluation for acceptance by the host institute or research center; the purpose of this evaluation is to make the final decision on the eligible individuals to take the Fellowship at the host institute.
Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility/requirement criteria for ‘Young Scientists’ Fellowship Program (YSFP)’ have been specified in the Secretariat of this program in Mustafa (pbuh) Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF) and are divided into 3 general sections: Individual criteria, Research proposal criteria, and Priorities. The individual criteria refer to the applicant’s status from different perspectives, the research proposal criteria consider the quality of applicant’s research proposal, and the priorities are the special privileges which the MSTF grants to some particular individuals. The overall score for each person in these 3 sections will be 100.

The initial winners at this stage will be introduced to the host institutes for final review and selection.

1. Individual Criteria (maximum 50 points) Educational excellence (university degrees); Research achievements (articles, books, scholarships, grants, etc.); Citation impacts (h-index); Technological achievements (inventions, industrial/commercial activities, etc.); International science Olympiads and Festivals; Membership in specialized forums; Fluency in international languages

2. Research Proposal Criteria (maximum 30 points) Scientific adjustment of the proposal framework; Quality of problem statement; Full-scale and in depth review of literature; Research methods and methodology; Ample scientific research evidence/findings/data; Delineating possible research outcomes; Comprehensibility and eloquence of the text; Timely proposal presentation; Research feasibility (researchability); Research feasibility in terms of research costs (affordability); Researcher’s expertise and capabilities; Relevance of researcher’s area of expertise and research topic

3. Priorities (maximum 20 points) Applicant’s recommendation letter assented by the laureates of the Mustafa (pbuh) Prize, Winners of Knowledge Application and Notion for Society (KANS), Edge of knowledge programs or important issues of the Islamic world