IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation through the IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund is offering fellowships to candidates from the IAEA member States. These fellowships are awarded to PhD students in the fields of physics and mathematics.

The goal of the STEP is to strengthen the scientific capability of young scientists and researchers from developing countries to better contribute and serve the scientific, technical, and economic development of their home countries.

The Department of Technical Cooperation (TC) consists of the Office of the Deputy Director General, four regional Divisions (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America), the Division of Program Support and Coordination and the Division of Program of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT).

The candidate should have a very good command of the English language.


Scholarship Type

Fellowships are awarded to PhD candidates for pursuing research and training program at one of the following institutions located in the Trieste geographical area: the ICTP, Elettra Synchrotron Light Facility, Trieste Laser Laboratory, University of Trieste, IOM-CNR TASC Laboratory, INFN, Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Ljubljana, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics-OGS, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Friuli Venezia Giulia, and the hospitals of Udine and Trieste. Training and/or research can also take place at the IAEA laboratories of Seibersdorf, Vienna and the IAEA Marine Laboratory in Monaco.


Eligible Fields of Study

Fellowships are awarded in the fields of physics and mathematics.

List of Subjects: Atomic and nuclear physics, nuclear, isotope and laser techniques applied to: human health, agriculture, biotechnology and Biophotonics, water resources and environmental studies, synchrotron radiation and applications and medical radiation physics. Fellowships are also provided by the ICTP within its scientific and technical competence to candidates from developing countries in the fields: condensed matter and statistical physics, high energy physics, mathematics, earth system physics, applied physics (including micro- and nano-electronics, fluid dynamics and dense plasma source physics)


Value of Award

The STEP fellowship includes a stipend of EU 1,400 per month during each stay at the host institute as well as the costs of travel and medical insurance. It is understood that during all other periods not covered by the STEP fellowship, i.e. when at the home institute, all support needed for continuing and finishing the fellow’s research work is provided by other funding sources.

Scholarship can be taken at: Italy (Training and/or research can also take place at the IAEA laboratories of Seibersdorf, Vienna and the IAEA Marine Laboratory in Monaco).


Applicant Eligibility Criteria

Applications are expected from students in developing countries who are enrolled in a PhD course at their home university. PhD students who are supervised by an ICTP Associate are encouraged to apply. The program aims at an equitable participation of fellows, and therefore especially welcomes applications from woman scientists.

Nationality: Candidates from the IAEA member States can apply for this Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP).

List of Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Socialist Federal Rep. of Yugoslavia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Belgium, Ecuador, Finland, Iran, Luxembourg, Mexico, Philippines, Sudan, Iraq, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, Senegal, Lebanon, Mali, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Bolivia, Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, Syria, Uruguay, Cameroon, Gabon, Kuwait, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Jordan, Panama, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Uganda, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Niger, Zambia, Ireland, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Mauritius, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Namibia, China, Zimbabwe, Estonia, Slovenia, Armenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Marshall Islands, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Burkina Faso, Angola, Benin, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Central African Republic, Serbia, Eritrea, Botswana, Honduras, Seychelles, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Chad, Belize, Malawi, Montenegro, Mozambique, Cabo Verde, Nepal, Palau, Bahrain, Burundi, Cambodia, Congo, Lesotho, Oman, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Tonga, Dominica, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, San Marino, Swaziland, Bahamas and  Brunei Darussalam

Entrance Requirement: Applicant must have a masters degree or equivalent.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: The candidate should have a very good command of the English language.

Supporting Material: The required components for complete application packet are as follows:-

  • List of publications and current Curriculum Vitae
  • A certificate of English proficiency
  • A recent medical certificate of good health
  • A certificate from Home Institution Supervisor stating his/her recommendation for participation in this program.
  • Any other documentation to support application, including suggestions for co-supervisor/host Institution(s).



How to Apply

Applications should be submitted to the ICTP Office of External Activities (OEA) by post.


Application Deadline: Deadlines to submit applications are: 15 August and 15 February of each year, for applications to be considered at the spring meeting and at the fall meeting, respectively, of the STEP selection Committee.

Application Form

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