IUPAP Visiting Scientists Program

Description of the Program

The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics is starting a Visiting Scientist Program that will provide assistance aimed at helping research groups or institutions in developing countries benefit from interactions with experts in research groups or institutions in other countries. The program seeks to establish long-term productive partnerships between the visiting scientists and the host institutions.

The program will support opportunities for scientists at institutions in a developing country to invite expert visitors from other countries who will advise and work with the scientists and their students on programs and projects that will advance the research and educational efforts in the developing country. The visiting scientist should be an established researcher whose visit will provide a clear benefit to the host institution. The visiting scientist should interact closely with the hosting scientists and their students, and should also deliver topical lectures and seminars that could be of broader interest at the host institution. The duration of the visit should be a minimum of two weeks, but longer visits will be encouraged. Multiple visits will also be allowed, but an application must be made for each renewal. The inviting institution must be in a developing country that is a member of IUPAP and the visiting scientist must come from a country that is a member of IUPAP.

The cost of the visit will be shared by IUPAP and the host institution. The IUPAP support will be provided primarily to cover the expenses for the visiting scientist to travel to and from the host institution for the visit. The host institution will be required to cover local expenses and arrange accommodation for the visitor. In some special cases of the least developed countries, IUPAP may provide limited additional funds to supplement the provisions of the host institution. The maximum IUPAP contribution will generally be 2,500 Euros. Additional support leveraged from other sources (agencies, foundations, etc) will also be acceptable and will be considered favorably in reviewing the applications.

After the visit, the visiting scientist and the host will be required to provide reports describing the activities of the visit, the impact on research and education in the developing country and recommendations regarding further actions.
Application Process

The application form, the guidelines and a list of eligible developing countries are on the IUPAP web site.
Visiting Scientist Application Form
Visiting Scientist Application Support Guidelines
Eligible Developing Countries

The application has two parts. Part A must be filled out by the applicant at the inviting institution. The application must include a proposal (5000 words maximum) that outlines the planned activities of the visit and demonstrates a clear expected benefit to research and education in the developing country. It must also include documentation from an appropriate official at the hosting institution verifying the institutional commitment to cover local expenses including accommodation for the visitor, and also verifying institutional support enabling the primary host scientist to carry out responsibilities related to the visit. The completed application should be accompanied by a CV and publication list for the applicant.

Part B should be filled out by the visiting scientist and returned to the applicant. Part B must be accompanied by a CV and publication list for the visiting scientist.

Documentation from appropriate representatives of agencies or organizations providing additional support for the visit should also accompany the application.

The applicant should submit the completed application (Part A and Part B) with all supporting documentation to:

IUPAP Office
C/o Williamina Lazaro
The Institute of Physics
76 Portland Place
London W1B 1NT
Email: admin.iupap@iop.org
Selection process

The applications will be reviewed by a committee. Selection or approval will be based on the scientific and educational merits of the application and on the clear delineation of benefits to scientific and educational efforts in the developing country.