APS-ICTP-EPS Travel Award Fellowship Programme


The American Physical Society (APS), the European Physical Society (EPS) and the ICTP have agreed to explore the establishment of a joint Travel Award Fellowship Programme for active early career scientists from developing countries by supporting short-term research visits to laboratories in all of Europe and North America. 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.

The candidates will need to send their application files to itlabs@ictp.it 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: https://twas.org/alldeveloping-countries.
  • Special attention will be given to support women physicists. Only “early-career” physicists are eligible.
  • 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.