APS-EPS-ICTP Travel Award Fellowship Programme (ATAP)

In honour of the 2022 International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, the APS-EPS-ICTP Travel Award Fellowship Programme (ATAP) has been established.

ATAP brings together important partnerships with the American Physical Society (APS) and the European Physical Society (EPS) to provide career-enhancing opportunities for active early career scientists from developing countries, specifically by offering short-term research visits to participating laboratories in Europe and North America.

ATAP is similar to ICTP's successful Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL) programme, but extends its reach to additional host countries.

This programme will enable selected recipients to return to the laboratories of their alma mater to use laboratory facilities they are familiar with, strengthen opportunities to conduct world-class research and enhance their list of publications.

Field of research

Various branches of physical sciences.

Who can apply

Outstanding doctoral students or early career physicists (within 10 years of their PhD), who are nationals of developing countries and who are currently studying or working in their same or another developing country. An important subset of this framework is dedicated to those scientists from developing countries who obtained their PhD in Europe and who could enter a mutually beneficial collaboration with their former laboratory.


ATAP aims to provide grants to young scientists to cover the major costs of two-month visits, up to a maximum of $5,000 USD. The minimum duration for the visits is two consecutive months.

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.

A brief final report on the use of the funds should  include metrics such as number of publications or preprints  arising from the visit, contributions to colloquia and workshops, any planned joint projects with the host institutions, feedback on the career development tutorials,  and any other pertinent information regarding the usefulness of the visit.

How to apply

The candidates will need to send their application files to with the subject line “ATAPFellowships” before the 28th of February of the fellowship year. Their application file should contain:

  • A complete CV and publication list
  • At least one letter of reference
  • A letter of agreement and endorsement by the host laboratory
  • A 1-page budget management plan evaluating the travel and local expenses and specifying the person/institution who will manage the funds in the host country. Writing this management plan should prepare the candidates to draw up successful grant proposals in their future career.
  • It is presumed that applicants will return to their alma mater. Exceptions to this rule can be considered if applicants have changed their research directions and can demonstrate why a different laboratory is more suitable to their career development.
  • To ensure that this short-term opportunity produces long-term benefits, the participants will also need to follow a career development seminar that includes grant-writing skills, provided either by ICTP or by another organization.
  • No more than 2 travel awards per year will be given to fellows from the same country. The recipients should be natives of, and working in countries listed by the UNESCO/TWAS:
  • Special attention will be given to support women physicists. Only “early-career” physicists are eligible.

The materials should be sent to with the subject line "ATAP Fellowships" by 28 February in the year of the intended Fellowship. Proficiency in English, or fluency in the language of the host country, is required.

Selection process

An external panel involving up to 2 representatives each from APS, EPS and ICTP will evaluate the applications received and make a recommendation to the Head of the Office of External Activities who will be responsible for allocating the fellowship and will contact the selected fellow(s) and the host by mid-April of the Fellowship year.