Win Cash Prizes for Young Researchers from Developing Countries in the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Prize 2020

Nominate a young researcher you know(self-included), making innovative and original contributions to physics in the International Centre for Theoretical Physics(ICTP) Prize 2020 for a chance to receive significant rewards. 

Comprising of a sculpture, a certificate, and a cash prize, the ICTP Prizes will be awarded to nominees who have made impactful contributions to science. 

Application Deadline:  September 30, 2020


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The prize provided to selected awardees include:

  • A cash prize
  • A sculpture
  • A certificate


To be eligible for this award, 

  • Applicants must hold a PhD. 
  • The PhD must have been obtained less than 12 years after December 31, 2008, for the 2020 prize 
    • After December 31, 2007, for women with one child 
    • After December 31, 2006, for women with two children.
  • Applicants must be from a developing country 


  • Nominations can be made by anyone 
  • Self-nominations are allowed.

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Application Instructions

To submit nominations, you are required to attach the following:

  • A signed and dated cover letter
  • Nominee’s updated curriculum vitae, detailing:
    • Birthplace and date
    • Nationality
    • Education
    • Major positions held including present placement and duties, and major honours and awards.
  • Brief description of scientific achievements and proposed citation
  • 2 letters of recommendation

To facilitate a smooth and accurate selection process, you could provide additional information on:

  • Names of additional potential referees or nominators
  • Current phone and email address
  • List of significant publications

Forward your nomination with all supporting documents in either of the following ways:


  • Mail to ICTP Prize Director’s Office: ICTP Strada Costiera 11, I-34151 Trieste, Italy.

About the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)

Created in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP stays committed to providing scientists from developing countries with supporting education and skills necessary to enhance a productive career. ICTP has been a major force in stemming the scientific brain drain from developing countries.

For over 50 years, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has been a constant driving force behind global efforts to advance and promote scientific expertise in developing countries.

The International Centre for Theoretical Physics Prize is focused on recognizing outstanding scientists in their own countries and internationally for their contributions to science and science policy.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for submission of nominations is 30 September 2020

The selection process relies on the accuracy and correctness of details submitted. 

Short-listed nominees will be contacted afterwards.

Past Winners

Past winners of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics Prizes include 

  • 2019- Basudeb Dasgupta, Suvrat Raju
  • 2018- Luis E.F. Foà Torres, Hongjun Xiang
  • 2017- Emilio Kropff
  • 2016- Aninda Sinha
  • 2015- Aijun Ding, Vijayakumar S. Nair
  • 2014- Pablo S. Cornaglia
  • 2013- Yasaman Farzan, Patchanita Thamyongkit
  • 2012- Pablo Mininni

Click here to see more details on past Prize Winners

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