Supporting its mission to promote advanced scientific research in developing countries, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) offers a Postgraduate Diploma Programme that prepares talented students for PhD studies. Scholarships and travel grants will be awarded to those 10 students selected from developing countries. There are no course fees.
Application Deadline: 28th February 2019.
Offered Annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: Developing Countries
About the Award: The Postgraduate Diploma Programme started in 1991, and since then, many of its graduates have gone on to do PhDs at various prestigious universities, including in Europe and North America. Many of them, after a few postdoctoral stints abroad, have returned to their home countries, where they are actively involved in teaching and in developing advanced research groups there. Others have pursued scientific careers in leading scientific institutions worldwide. Many former students continue to maintain an active collaboration with ICTP throughout their careers.
Two semesters of classes are followed by a research project and dissertation. Interested students can apply to study in one of five subject areas:
After the completion of the courses (including examinations), participants are required to work on a dissertation, to be submitted and defended.
Selection Criteria: The selection of the candidates is based on their university performance as well as on academic recommendations. The selection committee aims to select the best academically qualified candidates while striving for gender balance and geographical distribution.
Number of Awards: A limited number of scholarships (around 10 per field) will be awarded to successful candidates.
Value of Award: Scholarships will be used to cover candidate’s travel and living expenses during their stay at ICTP.