From 1 June to 31 August, IIASA annually hosts up to 50 doctoral students from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). Each participant conducts a summer research project related to the IIASA research agenda under the guidance of one or two senior IIASA scientists. A limited number of fellowships is available.
Who should apply?
The program is designed for PhD students (ideally about 2 years prior to receiving their PhD) 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 mentorship 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.
Applicants can choose to work with up to two programs. If there is additional is interest in one of our flagship projects this can be indicated in the box provided in the application form (under "please justify your choice of programs here"). We strongly encourage contacting the various program representatives and carefully read through all program descriptions before making your decision.
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 (however, you may apply several times) and you will need to be present at the institute (i.e. no field work or working remotely) for the full duration of the program.
Which programs/research groups fit your research best?
Please browse the IIASA Program areas to identify the research group of your choice.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to establish contact with the various program representatives before submitting their application.
Application deadline 14 January 2022