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Science in and for Developing Countries: Internet Career Resources


As we do for each of our monthly features, Next Wave brings you a collection of useful Internet resources: funding programs, research institutions, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and more.

If you know of a Web site that we have not listed here with valuable career resources for scientists who are interested in working in, with, or for developing countries, please send us an e-mail.


SciDev.Net is a free-access, Internet-based network devoted to reporting on and discussing those aspects of modern science and technology that are relevant to sustainable development and the social and economic needs of developing countries.

The Third World Academy of Sciences elects Fellows who are citizens of the South and Associate Fellows from the North who either were born in the South or have made significant contributions to the advancement of science in the South. It awards prizes, research grants, and postdoctoral fellowships to support science in developing countries.

The Third World Organization for Women in Science aims to improve research and training opportunities for women scientists in developing countries. It offers postgraduate training fellowships for women scientists.

The Third World Network of Scientific Organizations is a nongovernmental organization founded by ministers of science and technology and higher education and heads of science academies and research councils in developing countries to promote science-based sustainable economic development in the South. It provides grants for collaborative research projects.

Bioline International is a not-for-profit electronic publishing service which aims to reduce the South-to-North knowledge gap by providing access to quality research journals published in developing countries.

DevNetJobs lists international development jobs in UN institutions, aid agencies, and international NGOs.

The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to world peace and security by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture, and communication. UNESCO runs several internship and exchange programs.

If humanitarian work sounds like the right thing for you, you may want to determine the profile of a particular country and keep up-to-date with the news and vacancies that come available. If so, have a look at the AlertNet, eldis, and ReliefWeb sites; each one offers a good deal of useful information.

At first blush the Permanent Mission of Italy to International Organisations in Geneva might sound like a strange resource in this context, but it is actually a mine of useful information about development internships and vacancies.

For yet more job ads see Dev-Zone Development jobs and World Service Enquiry.

Finally, whatever organisation you are trying to get in touch with--including private-sector institutions, development agencies, universities, research and training institutes, grantmakers, or banks--and in whatever country, you?re likely to find their details in the Directory of Development Organisations.


The EMBO World Programme comprises workshops, practical courses, lectures, and fellowships. In particular the World Programme short-term fellowships aim to further collaboration and interaction worldwide. Preference is given to scientists based in developing countries or emerging economies who wish to come to European laboratories.

The European-Developing Countries Clinical Trials Programme is a partnership aimed at enabling clinical trials for drugs and vaccines against poverty-related diseases to be conducted.

The GTZ in Germany is a government-owned corporation for international cooperation with worldwide operations.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development ( BMZ) is Germany's key ministry in international cooperation.

With Médecins Sans Frontières ( MSF), medical doctors can spend time in developing countries, helping those people most in need.

The German Development Service ( DED) supports people in Africa, Latin America, and Asia with both personnel and finance.

The German Foundation for World Population ( DSW), a private foundation, was founded in 1991 by two entrepreneurs from Hannover. DSW is committed to the sustainable development of world population.

Working in International Development from the Career Development & Employment Centre at the University of Sussex offers an excellent starting point. Click through to get a feel of what working in international development involves and learn about current career paths, opportunities, and training courses.

The UK government?s Department for International Development funds collaboration between universities in the UK and developing countries.


The Institute for OneWorld Health (iOWH) is a nonprofit pharmaceutical company that develops affordable, new drug treatments for neglected infectious diseases in the developing world; primary targets are parasitic diseases. iOWH's core personnel consist of pharmaceutical scientists with drug development and international regulatory expertise who identify promising drug candidates to cure infectious diseases affecting the developing world, as well as design and execute preclinical and clinical development leading to regulatory approval in the most affected countries.


The City University of Hong Kong provides a forum where issues relating to the use of information technology in developing countries can be found. It provides information on publications and associations as well as links to some documents that address the broad theme of IT in developing countries.

The World Health Organization?s South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) takes the lead in bridging the knowledge and technology gap between industrialized and developing countries.