Programme for Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL)


International Training and Research (INTR) Programme

New INTR Programme Overview

Young researchers from developing countries, who often get their PhD in Europe, the USA or Canada, are frequently faced with a difficult choice: leave their home country permanently due to the lack of adequate research facilities and support necessary there for producing scientific output on an internationally competitive level, or else return to their home country and lose valuable productive years and involvement with the international community while trying to build up a suitable research infrastructure. To help make the latter option more viable, the ICTP Office of External Activities (OEA) has developed the International Training and Research (INTR) Programme, based on the successful Training and Research in Italian Laboratories (TRIL) programme, and following its administrative procedures. The aim of the programme is to help keep young scientists engaged with the international community at a forefront level, while they are building up their scientific presence in their home country and, also, helping them establish long term collaborations.

Specifically, the International Training and Research (INTR) Programme is focused on facilitating the placement of outstanding doctoral students or early career physicists (within 8 years of their PhD) into European or North American research laboratories for short term research stays of minimum duration 2 months, matched to their expertise and background. The programme is open to nationals of developing countries 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 Ph.D. in Europe and who could enter a mutually beneficial collaboration with their former laboratory. This programme is being administered in close partnership with the European Physical Society and has a particular advantage: because such returning scientists already know the laboratory, they need relatively little time to get acclimated and can be productive quickly, ultimately strengthening both the host and home institutions.

How to apply

Applicants will need to send their CV, list of publications, two letters of reference, a short description of the research they wish to carry out and a letter of agreement by the host laboratory to with the subject line "INTR Fellowships". Proficiency in English, or fluency in the language of the host country, is required.