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Fellowships: Fellows Report on their Roads to Success


The fellowships supported by the IAEA's technical cooperation programme provide young professionals with an opportunity to gain practical work experience, benefit from training or achieve academic qualifications, in the peaceful application of nuclear technology. Fellowships have been part of the TC programme since its inception, and have touched many lives since the 1950s: over 48 300 fellowships have been awarded since the year 1956. Fellows return to their home countries with new skills and greater experience – and they also return home with a new network of colleagues and friends that frequently remains important to them throughout their career. Many former TC fellows have moved on to follow impressive careers, and many credit their IAEA supported fellowships as having played a key role in their subsequent success.

Here you can meet five outstanding former fellows, who have benefited from the training provided through the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme:

Mr Benjamin J. B. Nyarko, Head of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, studied for a Masters in Physics with the help of an IAEA PhD programme and IAEA fellowships. Mr Sergey Lukashenko, a former fellow in the IAEA Labs in Seibersdorf, now leads the Institute for Radiation Safety and Ecology at the National Nuclear Center of Kazakhstan as the Deputy Director General and encourages other scientists in his field to profit from IAEA fellowships. Mr Muhammad Naeem is the Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, and originally broadened his portfolio as an IAEA fellow. Ms Alba Guillen Campos is another former fellow, who today leads the Cuban National Centre for Nuclear Safety, and Mr Jose Fidel Santana Nunez, also a former IAEA fellow, is now the Cuban Minister for Science, Technology and the Environment.


Fellowships support the development of the human resources needed at the national level for the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology. They are normally awarded for periods of up to one year and are available to university graduates or their equivalent and to individuals at technician level in the requested field, mainly through project-oriented, on-the-job training.


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