The application period is now open. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2021. For more information on how to apply, please go to this page.
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) aims to help increase 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 twice Nobel Prize laureate Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the Programme aims to inspire and encourage young women to pursue a career in the nuclear field, by providing highly motivated female students with scholarships for Master’s programmes and an opportunity to pursue an internship facilitated by the IAEA.
Selected students receive a scholarship for Master’s programmes in nuclear related 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. Consideration is given to geographic and linguistic diversity. For more information, click here.
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 related 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 career in the nuclear field. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme builds up gender-balanced capacities relevant to nuclear energy, other nuclear applications, nuclear safety and nuclear security, as well as non‑proliferation.