Regular Associates

Visiting the ICTP as an Associate represents a crucial, and almost unique, opportunity to maintain scientific collaborations with prestigious colleagues from around the world. It also helps me to follow the state of the art in my field of research, by attending  the various seminars and activities organized by the ICTP. This implies a benefit not only for my career development, but also for the colleagues working in my group at my University, as they eventually also participate in such collaborations.

Diego Hernan Correa, CONICET, Argentina


The Associates programme is designed for scientists aged between 36 and 45 who hold a PhD and are working in developing countries.

It 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 Junior Associates can also pursue research in the fields of Digital and Computer Networking and Medical Physics.


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.  The programme is intended for scientists between the ages of 36 and 45 at the time of application.

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.



Regular 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 aged between 36 and 45 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
31 Jan 2024