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 ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Programme started in 1991, and since then, many of its graduates have gone on to do PhDs at various prestigious universities, including in Europe and North America. Many of them, after a few postdoctoral stints abroad, have returned to their home countries, where they are actively involved in teaching and in developing advanced research groups there. Others have pursued scientific careers in leading scientific institutions worldwide. Many former students continue to maintain an active collaboration with ICTP throughout their careers.
- NOTE: Applications for the 2024-2025 Postgraduate Diploma programme are now being accepted. Apply online by the 15 March 2024 deadline!
The Postgraduate Diploma Programme is open to young qualified graduates in physics, mathematics or related fields. A limited number of Postgraduate Diploma Programme scholarships (around 10 per field) are awarded to successful candidates from developing countries (with particular emphasis on students from the least developed regions of the world) to cover travel and living expenses during their stay at ICTP.
The selection of the candidates is based on their university performance as well as on academic recommendations. The selection committee aims to select the best academically qualified candidates while striving for gender balance and geographical distribution. After the completion of the courses (including examinations), participants are required to work on a dissertation, to be submitted and defended.
Postgraduate Diploma Programme Fields of research
High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
- Coordinator: G. Villadoro Courses for the academic year 2023-2024
- LINK TO THE 2023-24 HECAP DIPLOMA LECTURES
I Term 18 September 2023 – 12 January 2024 - Quantum Mechanics (HEP-QM) K.S. Narain (18 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 18 September EXAM: 14 November 2023
- Classical Field Theory (HEP-CFT) B. Acharya (15 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 19 September EXAM: 8 November 2023
- General Relativity I (HEP-GR I) M. Mirbabayi (17 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 13 November EXAM: 24 January 2024
- Quantum Field Theory I (HEP-QFT I) A. Bissi (21 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 15 November EXAM: 30 January 2024
- Tutorials
- Classical Field Theory tutorials (HEP-CFT tut.)
- Quantum Field Theory I tutorials (HEP-QFT I tut.)
- General Relativity I tutorials (HEP-GR I tut.)
- II Term 29 January – 24 May 2024
- Standard Model I (HEP-SM I) G. Villadoro (21 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 29 January 2024
- Quantum Field Theory II (HEP-QFT II) S.Randjbar-Daemi (21 lectures of 1.5 each) Starting from 29 January 2024
- Standard Model II (HEP-SM II) E. Miro’ (21 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 3 April 2024
- General Relativity II (HEP-GR II) P. Creminelli (21 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 3 April 2024
- Tutorials
- Standard Model I tutorials (HEP-SM tut.)
- Standard Model II tutorials (HEP-SM II tut.)
- General Relativity II tutorials (HEP-GR II tut.)
Condensed Matter Physics
- Coordinator: Mikhail Kiselev Courses for the academic year 2023-2024
- LINK TO THE 2023-2024 CMP DIPLOMA LECTURES
- I Term: 11 September – 20 December 2023
- Mathematical Techniques (CMP-MT) M. Sellitto (10 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 11 September 2023 EXAM: 6 October 2023
- Linux Basics (CMP-LB) M. Stella and C. Egan (5 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 11 September 2023
- Numerical Methods I (CMP/ESP-NUM I) E. Coppola, G. Giuliani, other lecturers (18 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 18 September 20023 EXAM: 27 Nov 2023
- Statistical Mechanics (CMP-SM) A. Silva (24 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 20 September 2023 EXAM: 23 January 2024
- Electrons and Phonons in Solids (CMP-EPS) N. Binggeli, N. Stojic (24 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 25 September 2023 EXAM: 11 December 2023
- Advanced Quantum Mechanics (CMP-AQM) G. Santoro, R. Fazio (31 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 25 September 2023 EXAM: 5 February 2024
- Selected Topics in Condensed Matter Physics (CMP-ST) N. Seriani + Z. Li (10 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 13 October 2023
- Tutorials
- Advanced Quantum Mechanics tutorials (CMP-AQM tut.)
- Statistical Mechanics tutorials (CMP-SM tut.)
- Electrons and Phonons in Solids (CMP-EPS tut.)
- II Term: 15 January – 26 April 2024
- Scientific Python (CMP-SP) I. Davidenkova (20 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 15 January 2024
- Biophysics (CMP-BIO) A. Hassanali, A. Jelic (12 lectures of 1.5 h each)Starting from 25 January 2024
- Numerical Methods II (CMP-NUM II) M. Dalmonte, A. Hassanali (16 lectures of1.5 h each) Starting from 25 January 2024
- Selected Topics in Condensed Matter Physics (CMP-ST) N. Seriani + Z. Li (12 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 2 February 2024
- Many-Body Theory (CMP-MBT) M. Kiselev (21 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 6 February 2024
- Electronic Structure (CMP-ES) R. Gebauer (12 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 6 February 2024
- Advanced Statistical Mechanics (CMP-ASM) A. Scardicchio (12 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 5 February 2024
Mathematics
- Real Analysis (MTH-RA) S. Bianchini (20 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 12 September 2023 EXAM: 17 November 2023
- Complex Analysis (MTH-CA) F. Rodriguez Villegas (20 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 19 September 2023 EXAM: 26 January 2024
- Topology (MTH-TOP) D. Zuddas (15 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 2 October 2023 EXAM: 11 December 2023
- Algebra (MTH-ALG) L. Goettsche (20 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 18 October 2023 EXAM: 16 January 2024
- Tutorials
- Real Analysis tutorials (MTH-RA tut.)
- Complex Analysis tutorials (MTH-CA tut.)
- Topology tutorials (MTH-TOP tut.)
- Algebra tutorials (MT-ALG tut.)
II Term 8 January – 24 April 2024
- Functional Analysis (MTH-FA) E. Carneiro (20 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 23 January 2024
- Partial Differential Equations (MTH-PDE) G. Bellettini (15 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 10 January
- Differential Geometry (MTH-DG) C. Arezzo (20 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 29 January 2024
- Algebraic Geometry (MTH-AG) A. Marian (20 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 4 March 2024
- Algebraic Topology (MTH-AT) P. Putrov (15 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 15 January 2024
- ODE & Dynamical Systems (MTH-ODS) S. Luzzatto (20 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 8 January 2024
- Supervised Machine Learning (MTH-SML) J. Barbier (11 lectures of 1.5 h each) Starting from 15 January 2024
Earth System Physics
Quantitative Life Sciences
Who can apply for the ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Programme
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:
- For Condensed Matter Physics: solid state physics; quantum mechanics; statistical mechanics; classical mechanics; electrodynamics; mathematical physics.
- For High Energy, Cosmology and Astropartical Physics: classical mechanics; electrodynamics; special theory of relativity; quantum mechanics; statistical mechanics.
- For Earth System Physics: a theoretical background in physics, mathematics or engineering; mathematical methods applied in geophysics and geosciences.
- For Mathematics: basic abstract algebra; elements of real and complex analysis; topology.
- For Quantitative Life Sciences: classical mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, mathematical methods for physics, basic programming skills
Postgraduate Diploma Programme Entitlements
Tuition-free; 10 yearly scholarships plus travel grant for applicants from developing countries.
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 for the entire year of study. A limited number of qualified candidates who meet the same selection criteria as others may attend the courses at their own cost. They must supply written evidence from a funding agency or a banking institution that funds are available for their entire year’s stay, and are equal to those offered by the Centre.
How to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma Programme
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.