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  • Monday, February 26, 2024

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Through its Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP), ICTP and its UN partner, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), offer fellowships to PhD students from developing countries in the fields of physics, mathematics and related fields.
STEP's goal 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. STEP fellowships enrich their doctoral studies by giving students access to ICTP's and the IAEA's international community and world-class research and training facilities.
With a STEP fellowship, PhD students study at their home universities but have the financial support to visit ICTP or a collaborating institute for a three- to six-month stay each year for up to three successive years. Fellows work on their PhD theses with their advisors at their home institutes and co-advisors at the hosting institutes. Their PhD is awarded at their home institutes.
Fellowships are awarded on the merit of a thesis project proposed by students and their home country advisors. The STEP fellow is assigned to an appropriate host institute with a designated co-advisor.
IAEA fellowships:  Financial support is provided by the IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation through the IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund. Candidates should be from an IAEA member state The IAEA must receive an official endorsement for the fellow from the fellow's country. Fields of research include:
  • Environmental Radiation and Monitoring
  • Medical Radiation Physics
  • Nuclear Sciences and Applications
  • Research and Applications with Neutrons
  • Synchrotron Radiation and Applications
ICTP fellowships: Fellowships are also provided by ICTP, within its scientific and technical competence, to candidates from developing countries in the fields listed below:
  • Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics
  • High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Earth System Physics
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • Quantitative Life Sciences
STEP training Locations
Training and/or research work may take place in one of the following institutions located in the Trieste geographical area:
  • ICTP
  • Elettra Synchrotron Light Facility
  • Trieste Laser Laboratory
  • University of Trieste
  • Advanced Technology and Nanoscience National Laboratory (IOM-CNR TASC)
  • National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN)
  • Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School, Ljubljana
  • International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
  • National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS)
  • Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Friuli Venezia Giulia
  • Hospitals of Udine and Trieste
Training and/or research may also take place at the IAEA laboratories at Seibersdorf, Vienna, and the IAEA Marine Laboratory in Monaco.
Fields of research
  • Environmental Radiation and Monitoring
  • Nuclear sciences and applications
  • Synchrotron radiation and applications
  • Research and Applications with Neutrons
  • Medical radiation physics
  • Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
  • High Energy Physics
  • Earth System Physics
  • Earth System Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation
  • Quantitative Life Sciences
  • Quantitative Life Sciences
Who can apply
Applications are welcome 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 programme aims at an equitable participation of fellows, and therefore especially welcomes applications from women scientists. Priority will be given to young researchers.
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  • Friday, February 23, 2024

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ATAP was created to take advantage of important partnerships between the ICTP, the American Physical Society (APS), and the European Physical Society (EPS) to provide career-enhancing opportunities for active early career scientists from developing countries. Since 2023 in Various branches of physical sciences, ATAP has been joined by the APS Forum on Early Career Scientists (FECS).
Outstanding doctoral students or early career physicists (within 10 years of their PhD), wishing to return to the laboratory of their alma mater (but not only) for a period of two months, who are nationals of developing countries, and who are currently studying or working in their same or another developing country.
  • To be a doctoral student or early career physicist (within 10 years of their PhD).
  • To be a national of a developing country, and currently studying or working in their same or another developing country.
  • To spend a period of two months at their alma mater (but not only), so they can strengthen existing, and create new, collaborations, conduct world-class research, enhance their list of publications and use laboratory facilities that they are already familiar with. In exceptional cases, selected recipients can visit another laboratory, if they have changed their research direction and can demonstrate why a different laboratory is more suitable to their career development.
  • Proficiency in English, or fluency in the language of the host country, is required.
  • Selected fellows will need to follow a career development seminar that includes grant-writing skills, provided either by ICTP or by another organization, to ensure that this short-term opportunity produces long-term benefits.
ATAP provides a grant in Euro, normally equivalent to the amount of $5,000 USD, so that the selected young scientist can cover the major costs of a two consecutive month research visit to a participating laboratory in Europe (excluding Italy) and North America, or to a more advanced developing country.
All funds should be used within the same calendar year they are awarded. Therefore starting dates should not be later than November 1 of that same year.
How to apply:
Candidates will need to send the following documentation to with the subject line “ATAP Fellowships” by 31 March in the year of the intended Fellowship. The application should contain:
  • A complete CV and publication list
  • At least one letter of reference
  • A letter of agreement and endorsement by the host laboratory that includes a short description of the research to be carried out during the two-month visit and stating how this visit will enhance the applicant's own research and career
  • A 1-page budget plan evaluating the travel and local expenses and specifying the person/institution who will manage the funds. 
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  • Thursday, February 22, 2024

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Fulbright Foreign Student Program in USA

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States at U.S. universities or other academic institutions. The Fulbright Master's and PhD Program funds graduate study in the United States. Funded by the United States Department of State, these grants cover tuition, required textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance. USEFP also assists with the visa process.

Course Level:                          Masters/PhD Degrees 

Subjects:                              Fulbright encourages applications from all fields, including interdisciplinary ones.

Grants:                                  Generally, the grant funds tuition, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance, etc. The Fulbright program provides funding for the duration of the study. See the official website and country specific websites for the complete list of scholarship benefits.

Eligibility:                                      Pakistani citizens with strong academic histories, residing (throughout the process) in Pakistan and committed to returning and serving Pakistan are welcome to apply.

  • All disciplines are eligible except clinical medicine. People in the fields of energy, water, agriculture, health, education, environment, and climate change disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Eligible Master's applicants will have a four-year Bachelor's degree or a Bachelor's and Master's combination (16 years of formal education) and PhD applicants will have Master's, M.Phil., or a comparable degree (18 years of formal education) from an accredited university.
  • Applicants should be prepared to complete grants without accompanying dependents, if need be.

How to apply          An application form

  • Three reference letters
  • GRE score report

Scanned transcripts, including an explanation of the grading scale of the university issuing the degree should be uploaded. Please note that HEC-attested documents are preferable with the application but degree and transcripts attested by the issuing authority will be acceptable at the time of application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application with references and required supporting documents must be submitted online. Please note that paper applications will not be accepted.

Deadline:                Feb-Oct 2024

Official Scholarship Website:

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries


Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are for candidates from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries, for part-time Master’s study by distance learning on selected courses offered by UK universities.

Course Level:                          Online Master’s Degree

Subjects:                              Eligible Programmes offered at the University.

Grants:                                  A Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship covers tuition fees and study grants where required.

Eligibility:                                      To apply for the scholarship, you must:

• Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person

• Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country

• Hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) standard. A lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience may be considered in certain cases

• Be unable to afford to study the programme without this scholarship

Application instructions:

Candidates must apply and secure admission to study an approved Master’s course at a participating UK university in addition to applying for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship. Candidates must check with your chosen university for their specific advice on when to apply, admission requirements, and rules for applying.

To apply for the Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, you must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS), in addition to any other application that you are required to complete by your chosen university. All applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 28 March 2024 at the latest.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship. All enquiries about these scholarships should be directed to the university to which you wish to apply.

Deadline:                  28 March 2024 (annual)

Official website:

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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Description: Australia Awards Scholarships, formerly known as Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

Course Level: Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degrees

Subjects: Undergraduate or Postgraduate Programmes that are related to your country’s priority areas for development


Grants: The scholarship benefits generally include: full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, contribution to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), Introductory Academic Program (IAP), Pre-course English (PCE) fees, etc. See the complete list of benefits at the official website. The scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive a Scholarship, applicants must:

· Be a minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of commencing the scholarship;

· Be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on the Australia Awards website) and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from their country of citizenship;

· Not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently;

· Not be married to, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Student visa [subclass 500]);

· Not be current serving military personnel;

· Not have previously received a long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia for eight years);

· Not hold convictions of criminal activities (including in their home country) including those relating to Child Protection and PSEAH;

Deadline: 30 April 2024

Official website: