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Junior Associates

Junior Associateships are six-year awards intended exclusively for scientists from and working in developing countries. If this condition is not fulfilled the Associateship privilege is either suspended or cancelled, depending on the case. Any change of address must be communicated immediately to the Associate Scheme Office.

When appointed, Junior Associates must not be older than 35.

Visits to ICTP

All visits under the Junior Associateship Scheme are subject to the availability of funds each year and must be agreed upon with the Associate Scheme Office.

Junior Associates wishing to visit the Abdus Salam ICTP during the period of their award and requesting any kind of financial support from the Associateship Scheme, must apply exclusively through the Associate Scheme Office according to the following modalities:
He/she must complete the visit request on the following link by 30 November of the year preceding the proposed visit. Please note that the only visits which can be authorized must be requested, with a provisional indication of the dates, by this date (this is essential to plan the programme for the following year).

In order to receive the invitation letter, all Associates must communicate the exact dates of their visit three months before the starting date indicated on their Form A. Failure to do so will lead to the cancellation of the proposed visit. Moreover, once the invitation letter is issued, only one change in the date of their visit can be considered before it is automatically cancelled.

Wherever possible, Junior Associates are encouraged to visit the Abdus Salam ICTP outside the Summer, when there is a serious problem of overcrowding, unless there is an activity within their scientific interest during the above period. In Summer, the Abdus Salam ICTP guesthouses may easily be fully booked.

At the end of their stay, Junior Associates will update their curriculum and publication list when presenting their Form B (as requested on the form).


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

Junior  Associates may request to visit for less than the minimum required period of 30 days provided the travel fare is covered by sources other than the Associateship Scheme.

Junior Associates will be provided with a prepaid ticket which they should request to the ICTP Travel Office (e-mail: about 60 days before their planned visit.

No requests for reimbursement of taxi fares, visa fees and/or for non-documented travel expenses will be accepted.

We remind Junior Associates that it is their moral obligation to stay in Trieste (unless otherwise authorized) for the whole period they are paid.

For female Associates only:  Should you be pregnant at the time of your visit, please provide us with a medical certificate stating clearly your expected delivery date.

Outside visits

Junior Associates who wish to interrupt their stay at the Centre to visit an external institute should make a specific request upon registration or at least ten days before the planned visit, providing relevant documentary evidence (letter of invitation, poster etc.) in support of the visit. Junior Associates may leave the ICTP for up to 9 days with paid living allowance.

They should find financial support from their home or host institute to cover any supplementary and travel expenses resulting from such external visits. A detailed report should be brought to the Associate Scheme Office after an external visit.


Application procedure

Click here for information about the application procedure.

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