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.
Study Subject(s): 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 and medical radiation physics. Fellowships are also provided by the ICTP within its scientific and technical competence to candidates from developing countries in the fields: condensed matter and statistical physics, high energy physics, mathematics, earth system physics, applied physics (including micro- and nano-electronics, fluid dynamics and dense plasma source physics).
Course Level: Fellowships are awarded to PhD candidates for pursuing research and training programme at one of the following institutions located in the Trieste geographical area: the ICTP, Elettra Synchrotron Light Facility, Trieste Laser Laboratory, University of Trieste, IOM-CNR TASC Laboratory, INFN, Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Ljubljana, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics-OGS, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Friuli Venezia Giulia, and the hospitals of Udine and Trieste. Training and/or research can also take place at the IAEA laboratories of Seibersdorf, Vienna and the IAEA Marine Laboratory in Monaco.
Scholarship Provider: IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation through the IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund
Scholarship can be taken at: Italy (Training and/or research can also take place at the IAEA laboratories of Seibersdorf, Vienna and the IAEA Marine Laboratory in Monaco)
Eligibility: 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 programme aims at an equitable participation of fellows, and therefore especially welcomes applications from woman scientists.
Duration of award(s): 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.
What does it cover? 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. It is understood that, during all other periods not covered by the STEP fellowship, i.e. when at the home institute, all support needed for continuing and finishing the fellow’s research work is provided by other funding sources.
Selection Criteria: Awards are assigned by the merit of the thesis proposed by the home country advisor, as decided by the STEP selection committee.
How to Apply: Applications should be submitted to the ICTP Office of External Activities (OEA).
Scholarship Application Deadline: Deadlines to submit applications are: 15 February and 15 August of each year, for applications to be considered at the spring meeting and at the fall meeting, respectively, of the STEP selection Committee.