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ICTP 2021-2022 Postgraduate Diploma Scholarship For Young Students - Italy

ICTP is now accepting applications from young physicists and mathematicians for the 2021-2022 class of its Postgraduate Diploma Programme.

The one-year course of intense study prepares talented students for PhD studies, as part of the Centre’s efforts to promote advanced scientific research in developing countries. Each successful class of Postgraduate Diploma students helps bring this dream to life.

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About International Centre for Theoritical Physics (ICTP)

For more than 50 years, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has been a driving force behind global efforts to advance scientific expertise in the developing world. Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers. ICTP has been a major force in stemming the scientific brain drain from the developing world. ICTP alumni serve as professors at major universities, chairpersons... read more


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ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Scholarship


Requirements for ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Scholarship Qualification

  1. The Postgraduate Diploma Programme is open to young (generally below 28 years of age), qualified graduates from all countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA.
  2. The minimum qualification for applicants is a degree equivalent to an MSc (or an exceptionally good BSc) in physics, mathematics or in a field related to the topics listed below. The selection of candidates will be based on their university record and on academic recommendations.
  3. Since the Postgraduate Diploma Programme is in English, fluency in speaking and writing is an essential qualification.
  4. The applicant is expected to have adequate knowledge of the following topics in the specific field for which he/she is applying:

For Condensed Matter Physics: solid state physics; quantum mechanics; statistical mechanics; classical mechanics; electrodynamics; mathematical physics.
For High Energy, Cosmology and Astropartical Physics: classical mechanics; electrodynamics; special theory of relativity; quantum mechanics; statistical mechanics.
For Earth System Physics: a theoretical background in physics, mathematics or engineering; mathematical methods applied in geophysics and geosciences.
For Mathematics: basic abstract algebra; elements of real and complex analysis; topology.
For Quantitative Life Sciences: classical mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, mathematical methods for physics, basic programming skills

  1. In each Postgraduate Diploma Programme, scholarships and travel grants will be awarded to those 10 students selected from developing countries. There are no course fees.  Students will receive a scholarship of 450 Euro per month for the entire year of study. Accommodation is provided by ICTP.
  2. A limited number of qualified candidates who meet the same selection criteria as others may attend the courses at their own cost. They must supply written evidence from a funding agency or a banking institution that funds are available for their entire year’s stay, and are equal to those offered by the Centre.

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Documents Required for Application

In addition to completing an online application form, candidates should upload the following as part of their application:

  1. Copies of transcripts of university academic records and university degrees in English (The selected candidates will be required to provide originals or certified copies of these documents as well as of their official English translation before he/she can be admitted to the Programme).
  2. Any certificates or documents that give proof of the student’s ability to follow advanced-level courses, study and write scientific literature in the English language.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, from senior scientists familiar with the applicant’s studies and work.


Application Deadline

January 31, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to International Centre for Theoritical Physics (ICTP) on e-portal.ictp.it to apply

If you have problems with the online application, please contact the Diploma Office at [email protected].

For more details, visit ICTP website



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