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Senior Associates

Senior Associateships are intended for scientists from and working in developing countries. Kindly note that if this condition is not fulfilled, most regretfully the Associateship privilege is either suspended or cancelled, depending on the case.

Senior Associateship awards have a six-year duration with a total allocation of 8000 Euro. During the six years, Senior Associate Members may apply to visit the Centre as often and for as long as they wish, until the allocation is exhausted, although the maximum foreseen duration of any visit is 60 days.

All candidates over the age of 45 will automatically be considered for a Senior Associateship award.

Visits to ICTP

All visits under the Associateship Scheme are subject to the availability of funds each year and must be agreed upon with the Office of Associates and Federated Institutes.

Senior Associates wishing to visit the ICTP during the period of their award must apply exclusively through the Office of Associates and Federated Institutes by 30 November of the year preceding the proposed visit.

In order to receive the invitation letter, all Associates should communicate the exact dates of their visit three months before his/her arrival at the Centre.

Wherever possible, Senior Associates are encouraged to visit the ICTP outside the Summer, when there is a serious problem of overcrowding, unless there is an activity within their scientific interest during the above period. In Summer, the ICTP guesthouses may easily be fully booked.

In general, since the most economical fare applies to tickets purchased locally, Senior Associates are invited to do so, provided they find the cheapest fare, and the ICTP will reimburse them upon arrival. If, however, for any reason, this should not apply to their country and/or they cannot advance the sum, Senior Associates will be provided with a prepaid ticket.

At the end of his/her stay, each Associate will update his/her curriculum and his/her publication list when presenting his/her end of visit request Form B .

Outside visits

If, while paying a visit to the ICTP, a Senior Associate is invited to a meeting in Europe to present his/her work (poster, talk, lecture) or, if he/she is invited by an Institute, he/she may leave the Centre for a maximum of 9 days, with paid living allowance, provided his/her stay at the ICTP meets the minimum requirement of 30 days.

Senior Associates should make a specific request for these outside visits either upon registration or at least ten days before the planned visit, providing the relevant documentary evidence.

Senior Associates should find financial support from the home or host Institute to supplement local expenses as well as any additional travel expenses which may result from outside visits. A detailed report should be brought to the Associates Office after such visits.


Compensation clause

The Abdus Salam ICTP has been asked by UNESCO to advise all Associates as follows:

"Please note that this invitation does not constitute and shall not be construed to create an employment relation between UNESCO and yourself. Accordingly, UNESCO will not pay the employer's contribution to any social security scheme or health insurance scheme in connection with duties performed by you under this invitation.

Moreover, compensation is not payable by UNESCO for any damage to or loss of your personal property. However, for the period of your stay at the Abdus Salam ICTP, including travel between your residence and the ICTP, you will be covered under UNESCO's insurance policy for inter alia permanent total disability or death up to an amount of US$ 100,000 and for medical expenses up to an amount of US$ 10,000 in case of illness, injury or death attributable to your relationship with UNESCO, subject to the terms of the insurance policy."

Application procedure

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