How to participate

Fellowships and scientific visits

The IAEA’s technical cooperation programme supports fellowships and scientific visits. Fellowships are generally awarded as part of a technical cooperation project, while scientific visits are of short duration and aimed at senior staff and specialists.

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.

Scientific visits are awarded to senior staff so they can study the development of nuclear science and technology, organizational aspects and functioning of special services, training programmes and schools in nuclear science, or observe research activities. They broaden the scientific or managerial qualifications of specialists in developing countries and do not exceed two weeks’ duration.

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Participating in meetings

The IAEA regularly holds meetings related to its technical cooperation programme. Their purpose is typically to analyse particular aspects of individual projects or specific programme areas, or to work out a set of recommendations and advice on those. Participation is by invitation only.

All potential applicants for meetings are encouraged to apply online. Potential applicants with a lower bandwidth connection can also download the nomination form.

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Participating in a training course

The Agency organizes interregional and regional training courses and supports national training courses in the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. Invitation letters announcing these courses are issued by the Agency to relevant Member States. Priority is given to requests associated with projects of direct benefit to Member States.

All potential applicants for training courses are encouraged to apply online. Potential applicants with a lower bandwidth connection can also download the nomination form.

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Participating as a resource institution

The IAEA maintains a roster of institutions in developing countries and countries in transition that can provide quality services such as expertise, training via fellowships, courses and scientific visits, and analytical services. Institutions interested in being included in the roster should have available capacities and be interested in contributing to the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme, and in collaborating with institutions of other Member States.

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Providing expert services

Specialists in nuclear science, engineering and related subjects play a key role in the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme, helping developing Member States to achieve self-reliance in numerous topic areas. Typically, expert services include advising project counterparts in the field, lecturing at training courses and contributing to meetings.

Under this programme, experts are recruited for a limited period only and must be ready to travel abroad. Their specific tasks are defined by the scope and objectives of the individual technical cooperation projects. The principal areas of activity are: food and agriculture; health and nutrition; water and the environment; industrial applications; radiation safety; and nuclear knowledge management. 

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Supplying goods or services

The IAEA procures goods and services with a total value of more than €200 million every year. All equipment, supplies and contracted services required for the Agency's technical cooperation projects and research contracts are purchased through the IAEA’s procurement services.


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