ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) Fellowships for Developing Countries, 2013
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ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) Fellowships for Developing Countries. Full details:

School(Institutions/Country): Training and/or research work can take place in 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.

Level: PhD candidates for pursuing research and training programme

Level: PhD candidates for pursuing research and training programme

Field(s): Fields enlisted in  ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) Fellowship programme includes:

  • 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). 

Funded By: IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation through the IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund

Deadline: 15 February and 15 August of each year.

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) Fellowships are targeted for Students of developing countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African, Republic Chad, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea, Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint- Vincent and the Grenadines, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor, Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Award No: Not Specified.

Scholarship Duration: The fellowships are awarded for a period of at least three months to be spent by the fellows at host institutes during the first year. Pending the approval of the host institute and the two supervisors, the fellowship is renewable for up to two additional successive years.

Scholarship Covers: 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.


The Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) aims at offering fellowship opportunities to Ph.D. students from developing countries in the fields of physics and mathematics.

The goal of  ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) Fellowships 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.


To avail ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) Fellowships, applicants must meet the following 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 programme aims at an equitable participation of fellows, and therefore especially welcomes applications from woman scientists.

Eligibility Criteria:

Awards are assigned by the merit of the thesis proposed by the home country advisor, as decided by the STEP selection committee.

Scholarship Application Method


The STEP fellowship application forms can be downloaded here

Application forms:

Application form

Application form (pdf)

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

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

Scholarship Applications are Due by 15 February and 15 August of each year, for applications to be considered at the spring meeting and at the fall meeting, respectively, of the STEP selection Committee.

For further information please contact:

ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme

c/o Office of External Activities

Fermi Bldg., Via Beirut, 6

34151 Trieste


Telephone no. +39 040 22 40 322

Telefax no. +39 040 22 40 443

e-mail: calligar@ictp.it

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