ICGEB Fellowships PhD

ICGEB offers competitive Pre-doctoral Fellowships in Life Sciences to highly motivated scientists wishing to pursue PhD research studies in a world-class scientific environment. Fellowships include participation in a competitive research programme, access to state-of-the-art facilities, participation in ICGEB Meetings, Seminars and Journal Clubs and a competitive stipend, plus full coverage of tuition fees and health insurance.

Closing Date for Applications: 31 March



Guidelines for Application

To Apply

Applicants should contact the ICGEB Group Leader/PI of their choice with a motivation letter, to determine availability of laboratory space and to define the research project proposal that will form an integral part of the application.


Applicants must be nationals of an ICGEB Member State. Nationals of India and South Africa, ICGEB Host Countries, are not eligible to apply for ICGEB Fellowships in their home country.
Degree requirements: applicants for ICGEB Trieste should hold a BSc (Honours) degree; applicants for ICGEB Cape Town and New Delhi should hold an MSc degree.
Candidates must have a good working knowledge of the English language, supported by a proficiency certificate (TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate, or equivalent). Not required when scholastic education has been undertaken in English.
Candidates for Trieste, Italy must be below the age of 32 years at the time of application (i.e. date of birth after 31/03/1987). There is no age limit for applications for ICGEB New Delhi and Cape Town.

Financial support

Duration: 3 years PhD course with the possibility of 1-year extension.
Monthly stipend: Trieste (Italy): Euro 1,300, New Delhi (India): US$ 1,020, Cape Town (South Africa): ZAR 12,500.
Travel: the fellowship includes provision for travel expenses from the student’s home country to the ICGEB lab at the beginning of the fellowship and a return travel provision upon completion of the fellowship.
Medical health insurance coverage is provided for the duration of the fellowship.
University tuition fee is covered for the entire PhD registration period.
Visa/permit of stay application and renewal costs are reimbursed.
Support for participation in Meetings and Courses is generally provided by the Group Leader / PI.
ICGEB makes no financial provision, nor can it provide administrative support for family members of participants in the programme.


Please complete this application on line. In addition, please upload a single pdf document containing all requested attachments (see application form below).


All submitted applications will be transmitted to the respective  ICGEB Liaison Officer in the country of which you are a national for endorsement. Endorsement is a fundamental requirement for the Fellowship to be awarded.

The ICGEB Fellowships Selection Committee will evaluate complete and endorsed applications received by the closing date.  The main criteria for selection include scientific excellence of the project, the qualities of the candidate’s CV and potential benefit for the home country.

The candidates will be notified of the outcome by e-mail as soon as possible following the closing date for applications.


ICGEB Trieste:

A Housing Service is run through the Welcome Office - Friuli Venezia Giulia. For further information please see: http://www.icgeb.org/trieste-housing.html

ICGEB New Delhi:

A Guest House is run on campus, on a twin-share basis, for a nominal rate.

ICGEB Cape Town:

Accomodation support is provided to fellows. Arrangements are agreed prior arrival.

Application Form


Host Laboratory*

Indicate your ICGEB Research Group of choice (see below)

Trieste, Italy Starting 1 October 2019
Research Group requested:
see: http://www.icgeb.org/research-groups-Trieste.html
New Delhi, India Starting 1 August 2019
Research Group requested:
see http://www.icgeb.org/research-groups-Delhi.html
Cape Town, South Africa Starting 1 January 2020
Research Group requested:
see: http://www.icgeb.org/research-groups-Cape.html

Additional information

  • Curriculum Vitae (including list of publications)

  • Motivation letter explaining the reasons why you wish to pursue PhD level training

  • Written statement from the ICGEB Group Leader/Principal Investigator you have contacted and who is willing to support the project and provide laboratory space, explaining the motivation for the support of your candidature.

  • Proposed research project and timetable (max 3 pages plus up to 2 pages of references and figures) including topic/area, problem/hypothesis to be tested, methods/techniques to be used in the investigation, details of the applicant’s previous work in the proposed field (if applicable), indication on how this links with current projects in the hosting laboratory. This project has to be agreed together with the ICGEB Group Leader contacted.

  • English language proficiency certificate (such as TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate or equivalent); not required when scholastic education has been undertaken in English.

  • Name and contact details of three (3) referees who can provide a letter of reference on your behalf. At least one of these should be a member of the University or College you attended most recently. Do not upload the reference letters. Please request referees to send their letters by email to fellowships@icgeb.org by the application closing date. The subject of the e-mail should be: "The Arturo Falaschi ICGEB PhD Fellowship Programme", followed by your name.

  • Diploma certificates and transcripts (academic records) giving detailed information on all courses/final examinations completed, credit value or hours per course and grades received. All academic documents must be issued by the degree-granting University and bear the official seals and signatures and should be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation of each document.

  • Photocopy of the applicant’s passport


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Thank you for your interest in The Arturo Falachi ICGEB PhD Fellowship Programme

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