Arturo Falaschi Short-term Postdoctoral Fellowships

Guidelines and Application Form

ICGEB offers Short-term fellowships for Postdoctoral studies in ICGEB Component laboratories to fund ongoing collaborative research between scientists from ICGEB Member States and research groups at ICGEB laboratories in Trieste, Italy, New Delhi, India and Cape Town, South Africa, with the aim of facilitating access to the latest research techniques and to strengthen capacity building.

With the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), the ICGEB offers a short-term postdoctoral fellowship of a duration of 9 months to an early career woman scientist from Africa on the topic of Biosecurity. For additional details, please download the flyer Fellowship for African Women Scientists in Biosecurity.

With the support of the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD), the ICGEB offers short-term postdoctoral fellowships of a duration of 6 months to scientists from Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda to perform research work on biotechnology and related fields. For additional details, please download the flyer ICGEB-AICAD Postdoctoral Fellowships. For ICGEB-AICAD Postdoctoral Fellowships the deadline for the submission of applications is extended until Friday, 5 April 2024.

Closing Dates for Applications:
31 MARCH 2024

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.

Please note that the written statement from the ICGEB Group Leader you have contacted and who is willing to support your project is mandatory to apply.

To apply for the Fellowship for African Women Scientists in Biosecurity, Applicants shall ensure that the ‘MAECI-Biosecurity’ reference is clearly mentioned in the written statement.


Applicants must be nationals of an ICGEB Member State and may not apply for fellowships to be undertaken in their country of origin, unless they have been working abroad for, at least, the last 3 years and at the time of application.

Degree requirements: applicants should hold a recent PhD in Life Sciences or have at least 3 years research experience.

Preference is given to candidates below the age of 35.

Special conditions apply for the Fellowship for African Women Scientists in Biosecurity.

Special conditions apply for the ICGEB-AICAD Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Financial support

Duration: 1-6 months
Monthly stipend: Trieste (Italy): Euro 2,000, New Delhi (India): US$ 1,590, Cape Town (South Africa): ZAR 25,000.
Travel: the fellowship includes provision for travel expenses from the participant’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.
Visa/permit of stay application and renewal costs are reimbursed.
ICGEB makes no financial provision, nor can it provide administrative support for family members of participants in the programme.

Special conditions apply for the Fellowship for African Women Scientists in Biosecurity.

Special conditions apply for the ICGEB-AICAD Postdoctoral Fellowships.


Please complete this application on line.
Only one application per call is accepted for each candidate.

Documents to be uploaded

Please note that you will be requested to upload the following documents (pdf files):
(i) Your full CV
(ii) Written Statement from the ICGEB Group Leader
(iii) A valid identification document (passport or identity card). Recommended passport validity should be 12 months at least.
(iv) English Certificate (TOEFL, Cambridge or similar). This document is not requested when scholastic education has been undertaken in English.


The ICGEB Fellowships Selection Committee will evaluate complete applications received by the closing date. The candidates will be notified of the outcome by e-mail as soon as possible following the closing date for applications. The main criteria for selection include the scientific excellence of the project, the qualities of the candidate’s CV and the potential benefit for the home country.


ICGEB Trieste: ICGEB Trieste has no housing service or accommodation facilities. However, fellows will be provided with a list of possible contacts that offer housing options in Trieste.

ICGEB New Delhi: A Guest House is run on campus, on a twin-share basis, for a nominal rate. ICGEB Cape Town: Accommodation support is provided to fellows. Arrangements are agreed prior to arrival.


Is my Country and/or my Institute eligible for funding? How do I obtain the required endorsement? Who is the Liaison Officer for my country? How do I contact him/her? Find answers to these and other FAQ on this page.

Member States may also request targeted Awareness Workshops to be held for the scientific community in their country, where participants can interact with ICGEB scientists and obtain specific information on CRP grants and fellowships.