Funded Ph.D. Summer Fellowships for Ph.D. Students in the International Institute for applied systems (IIASA) Young Scientists Summer Program 2021

Sign up for the IIASA PhD student fellowships to undertake a summer project on a topic related to the IIASA research agenda.

Selected Fellows will make up 50 doctoral students from around the world in the scheme’s summer program for Young Scientists.

Application Deadline: 14th January, 2021.


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Successful young scientists in the program will receive grants to aid their participation in the YSSP. 


The program is open to- 

  • 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. 
  • Applicants from all countries. 


  • Applicants can choose to work with up to two programs. 

Applicants must contact the various program representatives and carefully read through all program descriptions before making their program decisions.

  • Preference will be given to citizens or residents of National Member Organizations (NMO) countries.
  • Applications from all countries are welcome. Funding then needs to be covered through own sources. For exceptional cases IIASA provides special funding as well. 

Students coming from developing countries will receive funding through the IIASA Annual Fund.

  • The program is primarily designed for students in the latter stages of their PhD, working on a topic compatible with the interdisciplinary IIASA research agenda
  • 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 does not charge a tuition fee. 
  • 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. 
  • Non-EU (EU/EEA/Swiss) residents will need to apply for a D-visa to receive a travel pass to Austria and to reside there  during the YSSP period, which will also allow you travel to other Schengen countries. 

Accompanying family members will have to apply for C-tourist-visas and will only be able to stay in Austria for up to a maximum of 90 days. 

Participants from the EU and Switzerland will need to apply for an Aufenthaltsbescheinigung. 

IIASA will initiate contact with the relevant embassy in your country. Do not get active until you hear from IIASA about further steps.

  • 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.
  • Most of the institute’s National Member Organizations (NMOs) provide special grants to enable young scientists (either their own nationals or foreign students studying in their country) to  participate in the YSSP. 

Note: only limited slots are available so there is a chance that selected candidates will not get funding from an NMO due to high demand.

 The stipend varies slightly among NMOs, but usually it is €1310 per month plus airfare. If you are not a citizen of or resident in an NMO country you must find alternative funds (either from your home institution or other sources) to finance participation.  

  • There are various funding opportunities for successful candidates who do not have funding such as:
    • The YSSP Fund – supporting students from developing countries
    • The Petr Aven Fellowship for exceptional scientists from Russia
    • The Prof. Jyoti and Prof. Kirit Parikh with the aim to provide much needed support for talented researchers from India and other developing countries
    • The Roger Levien Fellowship offering Pardee RAND Graduate School students an opportunity to participate in the YSSP
  • Click here for more information on these fellowships.

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Application Instructions

 Before applying, 

  • Click here for a pdf preview of the application form.

To apply, 

  • Click here. 
  • Brazilian candidates residing in Brazil must apply on the CAPES website in order to qualify for CAPES funding. 

Click here to contact Research Program Representatives.  

About the International Institute for applied systems (IIASA) Young Scientists Summer Program 2021

The International Institute for Applied Systems(IIASA) provides PhD students the opportunity to undertake a summer project on topics related to the IIASA research agenda.

Annually, from 1 June to 31 August, IIASA hosts l doctoral students from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). 

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 the 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.

Discover more opportunities from the International Institute for applied systems (IIASA).

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for all applications is 11:59 Pm on 14th January 2021. 

Selection Results can be expected as of 12th March 2021.

All successfully selected applicants will receive notification about funding shortly after the evaluation process.

The 2020 edition of the YSSP was held digitally. 

It’s anticipated that by 2021 regulations would be relaxed but if necessary, adaptations to the program, in terms of safety for all, will be made with regards to COVID-19.

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