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 science, technology and non-proliferation 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.
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 Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) seeks to enable more women from around the world to pursue a STEM career, with a focus on nuclear science, technology and non-proliferation studies. The MSCFP would build up gender-balanced capacities relevant to the national nuclear energy and nuclear applications programmes, including nuclear safety and nuclear security in IAEA Member States.
Named after pioneer physicist and Nobel Prize laureate Marie Skłodowska-Curie, the Programme aims to inspire and to encourage young women to pursue a career in nuclear sciences and technology and non-proliferation by providing highly motivated and talented female students scholarships for Master’s programmes and an opportunity to pursue IAEA internships. In the long term, the Programme will contribute to a new generation of women leaders in the nuclear field, who will drive the global scientific and technological developments.
The MSCFP will provide study opportunities to highly motivated and talented female students. Selected students will receive a scholarship for up to 2 years for Master’s programmes in nuclear science and technology or non-proliferation studies at accredited universities. They will also be provided with an opportunity to pursue a 3- to 12-month internship at the IAEA.
Scholarships will be awarded annually, with up to 100 female students selected per year depending on the availability of funds. Geographic representation will be considered.
For more information visit the IAEA webpage.