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.
- Participation costs
IIASA does not charge a tuition fee. In general, participants are expected to cover all expenses associated with their stay (3 months rent, meals, local transportation, expenses for any accompanying dependents, and health insurance) from their NMO grant or their other funding source.
- Most of our NMOs provide grants to enable young scientists (either their own nationals or foreign students studying in their country) to participate in the YSSP. All successfully selected applicants will receive notification about funding shortly after the evaluation process.
- Applicants not eligible for an NMO scholarship must find alternative funds from their home institution or other sources to finance their participation. IIASA has limited funds for exceptional applicants from non-NMO countries. These are awarded as part of the selection procedure.
The Austrian Academy of Sciences
Professor Dr. Christian Koeberl
The Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES)
Professor Mauro Luiz Rabelo
The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
Professor Xincheng Xie
Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT)
Professor Mahmoud Sakr
The Finnish Committee for IIASA
Dr. Lea Kauppi
Association for the Advancement of IIASA
Professor Dr. Helga Weisz
- India (Observer)
- The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC)
Mr. Sanjay Singh
Mr. Soumitra Biswas
Indonesian National Committee for IIASA
Professor Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto
Iran National Science Foundation (INSF)
Professor Dr. Eaman Eftekhary
The Israel Committee for IIASA
Professor Moti Herskowitz
The Japan Committee for IIASA
Professor Dr. Kazuhiko Takemoto
- Korea, Republic of
National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
Dr. Kil-Choo Moon
Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM)
Professor Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail
Mexican National Committee for IIASA
Dra. Maria Elena Alvarez-Buylla Roces
The Research Council of Norway (RCN)
Dr. Kirsten Broch Mathisen
The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)
Academician Professor Vladislav Panchenko
- South Africa
The National Research Foundation (NRF)
Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay
The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS)
Dr. Ingrid Petersson
The Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
Academician Professor Dr. Anatoly Zagorodny
- United Kingdom
Research Councils of the UK
Professor Duncan Wingham
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
Professor Dr. Michael Clegg
- You should have research experience corresponding to a level typical of a researcher about 2 years prior to receiving a PhD or equivalent degree.
- A summer research proposal that clearly fits the interdisciplinary research agenda of a selected IIASA program; before starting your application we recommend to get in touch with representatives of the program(s) of your choice.
- Ability to work independently as well as to interact with other scientists;
- Fluency in English and the ability to communicate in a scientific environment; and
- Applicants from all countries are welcome. However, IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a National Member Organization (NMO) (INCLUDE INDONESIA)
How To Apply:
The application process is simple and convenient. It is not necessary to complete the entire application at once; you can always add information and make changes, then leave the site and come back later.
Before sending your application you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant program representatives to find out about mutual interest in your intended research.
The following steps will guide you through the process:
- Step 1: Create a new application
This option allows you to start a new application. Until the application deadline you can create a new application, edit an existing application, and submit the completed application to the program.
- Step 2: Fill in your application
The application requires filling in a number of boxes that ask you to provide data about your research interests, CV, motivation for applying to the program, and names of two references.
- Step 3: Submit your application
When you submit your application you will receive a confirmation email and further instructions. Once the application is submitted, it cannot be changed.
Applications cannot be considered unless your reference letters have been received. We will send requests for recommendation to the referees as proposed in your application, but it is definitely worthwhile to follow up with your referees in person.
Selection results will be announced by 12 March 2020.
See a PDF preview of the online application questions.
11 January 2020