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The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) aims to help grow the number of women in the nuclear field, supporting an inclusive workforce of both men and women who contribute to and drive global scientific and technological innovation.
Named after pioneer physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the Programme aims to inspire and encourage young women to pursue a career in nuclear science and technology, nuclear safety and security, or non-proliferation, by providing highly motivated and talented female students scholarships for Master’s programmes and an opportunity to pursue IAEA internships.
Selected students receive a scholarship for up to 2 years for Master’s programmes in nuclear science and technology, nuclear safety and security, or non-proliferation 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. Geographic representation is also considered.
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 science, technology, nuclear safety and security, and non-proliferation 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 STEM career, with a focus on nuclear science, technology, nuclear safety and security, or non-proliferation studies. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme builds up gender-balanced capacities relevant to the national nuclear energy and nuclear applications programmes, including nuclear safety and nuclear security in IAEA Member States
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
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.
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 distribution, the field of study distribution, linguistic diversity and whether the applicant has received previous support from the IAEA.
Deadline: As soon as possible
Cost/funding for participants:
The fellows will be awarded up to €10,000 per year for tuition costs and up to €10,000 for living costs based on the cost of living at the university’s location, for a maximum of a two-year period of study.
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.