IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program

Deadline: 11 January 2019
Open to: PhD students (ideally about 2 years prior to receiving their PhD) working on a field compatible with ongoing research at IIASA
Benefits: grants to enable young scientists to participate in the YSSP


Since 1977, IIASA’s annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with the institute’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic, and social change.

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;
  • Energy;
  • Evolution and Ecology;
  • Risk and Resilience;
  • Transitions to New Technologies;
  • Water;
  • World Population.


  • Arctic Futures Initiative;
  • Tropical Futures Initiative;
  • Water Futures and Solutions Initiative;
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within European and Eurasian Space;
  • Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land (ISWEL).


To be eligible for the program candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • 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);
  • applicants must commit to staying for the entire program. Up to five days of leave may be approved by supervisors for participation in conferences and/or for personal reasons;
  • candidates already holding a PhD degree by application deadline are asked to consider applying to IIASA’s postdoc program.


Most of IIASA’s National Member Organizations (NMO) 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.

Awards are given annually for outstanding work by participants in IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program. They provide financial support for the winners to return to IIASA for an additional three months of research.


Candidates apply via the online application form.

For further information please visit the official webpage.