2015 ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) Fellowships for Ph.D. students from developing countries

Application Deadline: 15 August 2015

The Sandwich Training Educational Programme (STEP) aims at offering fellowship opportunities to Ph.D. students from developing countries in the fields of physics and mathematics.

The goal of the 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 STEP offers fellowships to candidates from the IAEA member States in the following fields:

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

with financial support provided by the IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation  through the IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund. The IAEA must receive an official endorsement for the fellow from the fellow’s country.


Fellowships 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 (including micro- and nano-electronics, fluid dynamics)


  •  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 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.

Financial Support:

  • The STEP fellowship includes a stipend of EU 1,400 per month during each stay at the host institute as well as the costs of travel and medical insurance.

Application forms:

Application form (Word)
Application form (pdf)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  ICTP-IAEA Sandwich Training Educational Programme



  1. I am a lecturer at Federal University Dutse, Jigawa and a PhD student at Federal University of Agriuculture Abeokuta, both in Nigeria, i have been invited for bench work to complete the research work of my PhD (Animal biotechnology and molecular genetics ) in Tamil Nadu Veterinary and animal Science, India, i hereby seek for research grant to afford me finance my lab. work. Kindest regards


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