Call for Membership Applications 2023

The Call is Closed!

AGYA Membership


  • A unique opportunity to take an active part in the first bilateral young academy worldwide
  • Exclusive access to the AGYA academic network of excellence
  • Funding and support for interdisciplinary projects and joint initiatives of the AGYA members within the framework of Arab-German research cooperation
  • Travel grants for AGYA workshops, conferences, and research stays
  • Promotion of the AGYA members as ambassadors for science and culture
  • Membership for five years, followed by a lifelong membership in the AGYA alumni network


  • Early-career researchers (3−10 years after PhD) from any field of the Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Technical Sciences, and the Arts
  • Affiliation with a university or a research institution in Germany or any Arab country: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen
  • Full command of English, both spoken and written


  • Proven record of research excellence in any field of specialization
  • Strong potential for leadership and advancement in academia
  • High motivation to engage in AGYA activities and to implement collaborative research projects
  • Genuine interest to explore interdisciplinary approaches for innovative solutions and resilient societies


How to Apply?

Interested applicants are required to submit the following documents in English:

  • Application form, available for download below
  • CV, including a list of publications and a scan of the PhD certificate 
  • Letter of motivation
  • Two up-to-date academic reference letters supporting the application for AGYA membership

All documents should be submitted via email as a single PDF file by 10 April 2023 at the latest to agya(at)

If you want to know more about how to apply, please refer to the FAQ section below.

AGYA Information Events

Find out more about the Academy, and use the opportunity to ask questions about the application process at one of the AGYA online information events:

16 February 2023, 10:00 a.m.
Please register for the event here

24 March 2023, 2:00 p.m.
Please register for the event here

Application document for download

We advice you to use the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete the application form.

What is Special about AGYA

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Benefits of Being an AGYA Member

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for AGYA membership more than once?
Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria. The selection process is highly competitive. We encourage you to try more than once.

Can I apply for AGYA membership if I am only temporarily affiliated with an institution in Germany or any Arab country?
Yes, you are eligible if you are temporarily affiliated for a minimum of 6 months.

Do I have to speak German or Arabic?
No. Applicants must have full command of English, both written and spoken. English is the working language of AGYA. 

Can I apply if I completed my PhD degree earlier than three years or later than 10 years ago?
Yes, in exceptional cases. Applicants with a PhD degree can submit their application with a justification for why they should be considered.

Can I apply for AGYA membership as a PhD student?
No, the PhD degree is a mandatory requirement for application. Please reconsider applying when you meet this requirement.

What information should my CV include?
Your CV should contain relevant details of your education and employment history and your main academic achievements. Please also provide a list of your most significant publications. The CV should not exceed 5 pages.

How should I choose my referees for the reference letters?
Your referees should be academic leaders from different institutions who are familiar with your research career and able to comment on your standing as an excellent early-career researcher. Please provide reference letters specifically written for this application. Only letters in English are accepted.

What should my letter of motivation include?
Please describe your motivation for AGYA membership in detail by considering the following questions: What would you like to contribute to the Academy? What do you expect from AGYA membership? Which interdisciplinary research projects and collaborative initiatives do you plan to realize within AGYA? Which activities would you suggest to expand the network of AGYA? Which of the current AGYA Working Groups would you like to join? What is your vision of an Arab-German research cooperation?

What happens after I have submitted my application?
You will receive a confirmation shortly after the submission of your application. Once the selection process is completed, we will contact you. We kindly ask for your understanding and patience.

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