ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Programme for Young Physicists and Mathematicians


Deadline : February 29, 2020 .  

ICTP is now accepting applications from young physicists and mathematicians for the 2020-2021 class of the Postgraduate Diploma Programme. Supporting its mission to promote advanced scientific research in developing countries, ICTP offers a Postgraduate Diploma Programme that prepares talented students for PhD studies.

The one year course of 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.

This one-year pre-PhD programme consists of two semesters of basic and advanced courses given by experts in the following fields:

  • High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (HECAP)
  • Condensed Matter Physics (CMP)
  • Earth System Physics (ESP)
  • Mathematics (MTH)
  • Quantitative Life Sciences (QLS)


  • 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.

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  • 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:


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.
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