Call for Proposals: UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant 2021 (Up to $10,000)

Call for Proposals: UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant 2021 (Up to $10,000)

Deadline: April 18, 2021

Proposals are invited for the UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant 2021. The Grant aims to mobilize young researchers for further study of the Silk Roads shared heritage.

The Silk Roads Youth Research Grant is a new initiative that UNESCO has organized with the support of the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, in the context of its Silk Roads and MOST Programmes which are part of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Programme.

The research needs to address specific issues relating to

  • the Silk Roads shared heritage and plural identities,
  • its internal diversity,
  • its potential in contemporary societies for creativity, intercultural dialogue, social cohesion, regional and international cooperation, and
  • ultimately sustainable peace and development.


  • 12 research grants of USD $10,000 will be awarded.


  • Open to postgraduate researchers;
  • Aged 35 and younger at the time of application;
  • The proposed research may be carried out by an individual researcher or may be part of the research of a group or collaborative project.

Eligible Fields

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 and Technology
  • Traditional Knowhow and Craftsmanship
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Language and Literature
  • Arts and Music
  • Traditional Sports and Games


Applicants are required to submit their research proposals by completing the template provided detailing their research, its methods, expected outcomes and contribution to existing scholarship.

Proposals should be submitted in English and sent to: [email protected]

For more information, visit UNESCO.