Scholarships for Developing Countries in Italy

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Scholarships for Developing Countries in Italy: The Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) aims at offering IAEA(International Atomic Energy Agency) fellowship opportunities to Ph.D. students from developing countries in the fields of physics and mathematics.

The goal of 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 ICTP, with the support and close collaboration of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme, offers fellowships to candidates from the IAEA member States in the following fields of training:

  • atomic, nuclear physics
  • nuclear, isotope and laser techniques applied to: human health; agriculture; biotechnology and biophotonics; water resources and environmental studies
  • synchrotron radiation and applications
  • biophotonics
  • medical radiation physics

    Fellowship are also provided by the ICTP, within its scientific and technical competence, to candidates from developing countries in the fields listed below:

  • condensed matter and statistical physics
  • high energy physics
  • mathematics
  • earth system physics
  • applied physics

    The programme benefits also from the financial assistance of the CEI (Central European Initiative) which supports candidates from CEI countries, and of the UNESCO-ICTP Mori Fellowship Scheme which supports candidates from Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Scholarships for Developing Countries in Italy - Location of Training

    Training and/or research work will take place in one of the following institutions located in the Trieste geographical area:

  • the ICTP,
  • Elettra Synchrotron Light Facility,
  • Trieste Laser Laboratory,
  • International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB),
  • International Centre for Science and High Technology (ICS-UNIDO),
  • University of Trieste,
  • National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics-OGS,
  • INFN,
  • Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Ljubljana,
  • Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Friuli Venezia Giulia,
  • the hospitals of Udine and Trieste.
  • IAEA laboratories of Seibersdorf,
  • Vienna and the IAEA Marine Laboratory in Monaco.

    Structure of the Scheme;

    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.

    Awards are assigned by the merit of the thesis proposed by the home country advisor, as decided by the STEP selection committee. Once a STEP fellow is selected, the ICTP will assign the fellow to the appropriate host institute with a designated co-advisor.

    The advisors from both the home and the host institutes will jointly supervise the fellow’s research.

    The two advisors are expected to coordinate the research and training work of the fellow, which is concluded when the fellow student obtains the PhD at his home institute.

    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.

    Scholarships for Developing Countries in Italy - Financial Support

    The STEP fellowship includes a stipend of Euros 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.

    Application Deadline; 15 February & 15 August of each year.

    For more information and scholarship application, see; Scholarships for Developing Countries in Italy Website

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