IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program for Researchers Worldwide

IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program

Course(s) Offered: Global environment, economy and social change
Course Level: PhD (Science, Research)
Provider: IIASA
Country to Study in: Austria

Scholarship Description
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) invites doctoral students worldwide to participate in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) held at IIASA's headquarters in Austria.

Introduced in 1977, IIASA’s annual 3-month YSSP Program offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change.

Scholarships are available from IIASA's national member organizations. A limited number of scholarships is available from other sources.

Since 1977 over 1700 participants from 85 countries have participated in the program; their stay not only had a great impact on their future scientific careers but also connected them with new friends from all over the world.

Applicants from all countries are welcome. Although IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a National Member Organization (NMO) a limited number of applicants from non-NMO countries are accepted each year and in very exceptional cases funding is provided.

To be eligible for the Program, applicants should meet the following criteria:
  • research experience corresponding to a level typical of a researcher about two years prior to receiving a PhD or equivalent degree;
  • a summer research proposal that clearly fits:
    (i) the research agenda of a selected IIASA program,
    (ii) the research objectives of the candidate and
    (iii) the corresponding background and skills of the applicant;
  • an 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
  • a willingness to actively participate in a broad range of interdisciplinary scientific activities at IIASA.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries can apply

Participating Institutions
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Laxenburg, near Vienna; Austria

Fields of study
The selected participants work with IIASA’s senior scientists in research on energy and climate change, food and water, and poverty and equity.

Number of awards
Each summer the Program hosts about 50 advanced PhD students whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on real life global issues such as climate change, energy, food & water, economics, and poverty.

Sponsorship duration
The YSSP is a three-month program - from June through August every year accepted participants work within the Institute’s Research Programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff.

Scholarship benefits
Funding is available for travel and living support.

During the summer months, young scientists research and produce a paper with a policy-related theme that will be considered for publication. They are also encouraged to attend seminars and workshops to broaden their perspectives and strengthen their analytical and presentation skills.

The YSSP provides a unique opportunity for participants to:
  • advance their research under the direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist, and at the same time contribute to IIASA’s ongoing scientific agenda;
  • broaden their research interests by working in IIASA’s interdisciplinary and international research environment;
  • build contacts with IIASA’s worldwide network of collaborators and with other YSSP fellows.
Method of Application
To apply, please visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply

The application deadline is 17 January 2011

Funding is available for successful applicants who are citizens or residents of countries where IIASA has a National Member Organization (NMO). See the list here.

In addition, a limited number of applicants from non-NMO countries are accepted each year, with funding provided in exceptional cases. Applicants’ academic interests should coincide with current IIASA research and methodologies.

For questions and further information, please contact:

Post Doc Coordinator Tanja Huber (huber@iiasa.ac.at),
or visit the website www.iiasa.ac.at/yssp and www.iiasa.ac.at/postdoc

Application Deadline: 17 January 2011
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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