27/08/2021

IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme - open to female Masters students studying in nuclear related fields


The IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) seeks to inspire and support young women to pursue a career in the nuclear field. To that end, the MSCFP provides scholarships to selected students studying towards a Master’s degree in nuclear related subjects as well as internship opportunities facilitated by IAEA. Selected students are awarded up to 20,000 euros for tuition costs and up to 20,000 euros for living costs for the duration of their Master’s programme.

Who should apply? Eligibility criteria

The IAEA MSCFP is open to students from IAEA Member States who meet the following entry requirements:

  • Female candidates;

  • Accepted by or enrolled in an accredited university in Master’s programme.

Preference will be given to applicants with above average academic credentials (75% or above or GPA > 3.0 out of 4.0).

Fields of study

The programme supports young women studying in nuclear related fields relevant to the IAEA’s work to advance the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology such as nuclear engineering, nuclear physics and chemistry, nuclear medicine, isotopic techniques, radiation biology, nuclear safety, nuclear security and non-proliferation. More examples of related fields are listed here.

How to apply?

Those who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply using the IAEA MSCFP online application form. The online application period closes on 30 September, 2021 at 23:59, Vienna time.

The documents required in addition to completed online application form are:

  • Copy of the Passport/National ID

  • Official admission letter from university into the Master’s programme indicating the nuclear related field of study and duration of the programme

  • Statement of tuition fees/confirmation of tuition costs

  • Portrait photo (resolution higher than 1000 x 1000 pixels)

  • Completed reference forms sent directly to MSCFP@iaea.org by TWO referees (download the form here).

NOTE: All application documents must be submitted in English using the MSCFP online application form. If documents are submitted in original language please also include official translation in English. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection process

Applications are assessed by the IAEA MSCFP Technical Selection Committee against MSCFP selection criteria including the applicant’s entry requirements, educational background and prior achievements, motivation and impact of the fellowship on the applicant’s career goals and commitment to public service. Consideration is given to geographic and linguistic diversity.

All applicants will be notified of the decision by e-mail.

MSCFP award

The students are awarded up to €20,000 for tuition costs and up to €20,000 for living costs for the duration of their Master’s programme.

Obligations

The selected applicants will receive an offer and will be requested to confirm the acceptance of the fellowship within one week. The offer will provide information on the award details, including payment modality, the expected commitment, as well as administrative requirements and arrangements.

Contact

For all inquiries about the IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme, please send an email.

About the programme

Named after pioneer physicist and twice Nobel Prize laureate Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the Programme aims to inspire and encourage young women to pursue a career in the nuclear field, by providing highly motivated female students with scholarships for Master’s programmes and an opportunity to pursue an internship facilitated by the IAEA.

Selected students receive a scholarship for Master’s programmes in nuclear related studies at accredited universities. They are also provided with an opportunity to pursue an internship facilitated by the IAEA for up to 12 months.

Scholarships are awarded annually, with up to 100 female students selected per year depending on the availability of funds. Consideration is given to geographic and linguistic diversity. For more information, click here.

The importance of women in science

Scientific breakthroughs have given the world previously unimaginable benefits. Marie Sklodowska-Curie's pioneering work on radioactivity in the late 1800s enabled us to harness the power of the atom, producing countless benefits to humankind.

As the world faces pressures from a changing climate, growing populations, food insecurity and increased energy demand, maintaining a qualified workforce to drive innovation and productivity is all the more crucial. Nuclear related studies can help countries tackle several of these challenges, and the demand is high for qualified professionals in this field and will continue to grow.

In its unique mandate to accelerate and enlarge the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the IAEA is at the forefront of research and technology transfer and depends on a stable pool of qualified technical professionals to fulfil its mission. This workforce does and must include women.

Women, however, are far from being adequately represented in the nuclear field. They often face barriers to enter and progress in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), right from their school years. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme seeks to enable more women from around the world to pursue a career in the nuclear field. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme builds up gender-balanced capacities relevant to nuclear energy, other nuclear applications, nuclear safety and nuclear security, as well as non‑proliferation.

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