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ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Programme 2019/2020 For Young Scientists (Fully-funded)

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) is now accepting applications from young physicists and mathematicians for 2019-2020 Postgraduate Diploma Programme at the centre.

The ICTP programme is an intense, pre-PhD programme for talented students, which happens to be a one-year course of study preparing talented students for PhD studies, as part of the Centre’s efforts to promote advanced scientific research in developing countries. Each successive class of Postgraduate Diploma students helps bring this dream to life. 
The programme entails two semesters of classes, followed by a research project and dissertation, and previously selected ICTP students have gone on to pursue PhD programmes all over the world, launching them into successful scientific careers. 
 

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About Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical 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. ... read more


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Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Postgraduate Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Postgraduate Scholarship

  • 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.
  • 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.

Requirements for Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Postgraduate Scholarship Qualification

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Since the Postgraduate Diploma Programme is in English, fluency in speaking and writing is an essential qualification.
  • 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

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Application Deadline

February 28, 2019


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) on e-applications.ictp.it to apply

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

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation, from senior scientists familiar with the applicant’s studies and work.

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



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