Young Scientists Summer Program PhD Fellowship

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis offers PhD student fellowships to undertake summer research. Annually, IIASA hosts up to 50 doctoral students from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program in Laxenburg, Austria on 1 June - 31 August 2020. The deadline is on 14 January 2021.

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis is a scientific research institute located in Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria. Founded in 1972, the IIAASA conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. IIASA is sponsored by its National Member Organizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Its research is independent and completely unconstrained by political or national self-interest.

Young Scientists Summer Program is designed for PhD students working on a topic compatible with ongoing research at IIASA and a wish to explore the policy implications of their work. Participants will be working under the direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist in a unique interdisciplinary and international research environment. They will produce a paper (serving as first step towards a publishable journal article) and will get the opportunity to build up contacts for future collaboration within the institute’s worldwide network. IIASA does not charge a tuition fee. In general, participants are expected to cover all expenses associated with their stay, i.e. three months rent, meals, local transportation, expenses for any accompanying dependents, and health insurance from their NMO grant or their other funding source. Students coming from developing countries will receive funding through the IIASA Annual Fund.

The deadline is on 14 January 2021.


Main criteria

Applicants from all countries are welcome, although IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of National Member Organizations (NMO) countries. Participation in the YSSP is only possible for one summer and you will need to be present at the institute for the full duration of the program. To frame your research objectives, you should look through the IIASA program webpages to get an idea what research is done at IIASA.

Find out more about the Young Scientists Summer Program.

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