the world academy of sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries


Membership overview
The Academy's strength resides in the quality and diversity of its membership – internationally renowned scientists elected by their peers.

TWAS is a merit-based science academy. Only members can elect new members. Membership is for life. For an overview of the criteria and the election procedure, please see: Criteria for membership.

The current membership stands at 1190 – as of 15 December 2016, after the election of the 40 new Fellows of the class of 2016.

One-hundred-and-thirtyseven members are women. Eighty-three percent of TWAS Fellows live and work in developing countries.


Regional distribution of TWAS Fellows. The number in parenthesis is the number of TWAS Fellows living and working in that region.


TWAS's 137 female Fellows



TWAS has ten membership sections. The following pie chart indicates the number of Fellows in each section and their share of the total membership.


Distribution by region and membership section of TWAS Fellows.


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