IIASA offers PhD student fellowships to undertake a summer project on a topic related to the IIASA research agenda.
Annually, from 1 June to 31 August, IIASA hosts up to 50 doctoral students from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP).
Applications for 2021 are being acceptedfrom 1 October 2020 – 14 January 2021. Selection Results can be expected as of 12 March 2021.
The 2020 YSSP, for the first time held in a virtual style, was a success. While hoping that 2021 will bring the awaited relaxing of regulations, we will remain prepared for any necessary adaptations to the program as we are closely monitoring the development in governmental decisions with regards to COVID-19.
Applications to the 2021 YSSP are therefore encouraged and will be accepted via the YSSP online application form from 1 October 2020 until 14 January 2021 (11:59 PM CEST).
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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 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.
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.
IIASA Research Agenda
The institute produces world-class science through its research programs, cross-cutting activities, and international networks.
There are currently nine IIASA research programs carrying out research into the dynamics of global change. These programs use holistic approaches and effective, interdisciplinary collaborations to identify the multiple solutions needed to bring about a global transformation to true sustainability.
From June through August accepted participants work within the Institute’s research programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff. Funding is provided through IIASA National Member Organizations.
- Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases
- Advanced Systems Analysis
- Ecosystem Services and Management
- Evolution and Ecology
- Risk and Resilience
- Transitions to New Technologies
- World Population
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