Junior Associates

My visit to the ICTP as a Junior Associate was very productive. It allowed me to utilize the center’s vast and up to date scientific materials that are essential for my research. The environment is very stimulating and vibrant. My visits to the ICTP always leave an inspiration and energy that pushes me to work harder to uplift the scientific situation in my country.

Darwin Barayang Putungan, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines


Junior Associates are young scientists - up to the age of 35 at the time of application - who hold a PhD and are working in developing countries.

The Associate Programme enables them to maintain long term formal contacts with the stimulating and active scientific environment of the Centre by supporting their visits to ICTP where they are exposed to the most modern aspects of their scientific fields.

Associates are expected to play a major role in building their scientific communities, enhancing physics and mathematics education at all levels, and planning research projects related to the specific needs of their home regions.

In addition to the research fields listed below, ICTP Associates can also pursue research in the field of Digital and Computer Networking.


Fields of research

High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics


Earth System Physics

Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Advanced Scientific Instrumentation
  • Digital Fabrication and Science Dissemination
  • Ionospheric Physics, Ionospheric Modelling, Space Weather
  • Optics
  • Wireless ICT and Internet of Things


Quantitative Life Sciences

Medical Physics

Who can apply

All applicants must hold a PhD and have their main affiliation in a scientific institute in a developing country.

Candidates should request two senior scientists (preferably from an institute other than their own) who are well acquainted with their work to send a recommendation letter in support of their application. The online application tool provides a dedicated section for soliciting and receiving recommendation letters.

The age limit for Junior Associates is 35 at the time of application.



Junior Associates are entitled to three fares during the six-year period of their award for visits, which must have a minimum duration of 30 days (in order to obtain travel entitlement) and a maximum of 60 days, up to a total allocation of 180 days for the six-year period of the award.


Phone: (+39) 040 2240 554/624

Associates Programme
Scientists up to age 35 working in developing countries
for Developing countries
6-year appointment, during which associate visits ICTP three times for stays of between 30 and 60 days each
To be announced