The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics is currently accepting applications for the ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Programme for international students in the 2021/2022 academic session.

For more than 50 years, 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 by providing cutting edge research, education and training.

Worth of Award

  • In each ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Programme, scholarships and travel grants will be awarded to 10 students selected from developing countries.
  • There are no course fees and students will receive a scholarship of 450 Euros per month for the entire year of study.
  • Accommodation is provided by ICTP.


To be eligible for this program, you must

  • Be young, generally below 28 years of age.
  • Be a qualified graduate from any of the countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA.
  • Possess a degree equivalent to an MSc (or an exceptionally good BSc) in physics, mathematics or in a field related to the topics listed below. Note that the selection of candidates will be based on their university record and on academic recommendations.
  • Provide proof of English fluency in speaking and writing.
  • Have adequate knowledge of the following topics in the specific field for which you are 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.

How to Apply

While completing your online application form, ensure that you upload the following as part of the application:

  • Copies of transcripts of university academic records and university degrees in English. If selected, you will be required to provide originals or certified copies of your documents as well as the official English translation before you can be admitted to the programme.
  • Any certificates or documents that give proof of your ability to follow advanced-level courses, study and write scientific literature in the English language.
  • Two letters of recommendation, from senior scientists familiar with your studies and work.

Deadline: The application deadline is January 31, 2021.

Click here for more details and to apply

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