ICTP/IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme

PhD fellowship opportunities in physics and mathematics

NEW: STEP now accepting applications for 2023 fellowships! More details here.

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 physics, mathematics and related areas.

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:


For further information please contact:

ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Strada Costiera, 11
I-34151 Trieste, Italy

Ms. Sandra Alimanovic
LB Room A/bis
Telephone: +39 040 22 40 362
Telefax: +39 040 22 40 388
e-mail: step@ictp.it