IIASA Annual Fund - Supporting Young Scientists from Developing Countries

Thank you to those who have shown their support of the Annual Fund! The IIASA Young Scientists Program (YSSP) has selected 52 elite young scientists from around the world to spend a summer at IIASA working on independent research projects. Two of them will be sponsored by your donations!

Click here for more information on the Annual Fund recipients from previous years.

Pheakkdey Nguon, the 2012 Annual Fund recipient, has recently won an IPCC Fellowship to fund his research on REDD+ in Cambodia and would also like to thank the annual fund donors for his opportunity:

"I am more than grateful for my YSSP experience and for that I cannot thank the IIASA Annual Fund donors enough for their generosity. As a student from Cambodia, I do not think it would have been possible for me to be part of this superb program at IIASA without their support. The YSSP did tremendous wonder to my academic development as a young researcher. More than this, the social and cultural experiences and memories that I was able to make with my fellow YSSPers and IIASA staff were just the icing on the cake. 

My specific message to the IIASA Annual Fund donors would be: Please continue to support this wonderful program. Your contributions have made a great difference for me, and I hope that students from other developing countries will be able to benefit from this program.


Dr. Roger Levien, a former director (1975 – 1981), a long-time supporter and a collaborator of IIASA made a generous gift to IIASA’s Annual Fund that will enable a Pardee RAND Graduate School student to spend a summer at the Institute as part of the Young Scientists Summer Program 2015.

Roger Levien’s donation to the Annual Fund is a sign of trust and support of the YSSP, which he created back in the summer of 1977, inspired by a similar program at the RAND Corporation, in which he was the first participant. With this gift, he is hoping to bring the two organizations together so that they benefit from each other’s expertise and networks. 

In 2011, a generous gift from IIASA Alumnus Petr Aven established the Petr Aven Fellowship, under the framework of the Annual Fund, to fund a young researcher from Russia or a developing country that is not a member of IIASA.

Petr Aven was a YSSP participant in 1977 and remembers this experience as the best time of his life.  "My involvement in the IIASA summer program was my first experience working with foreign scientists, who I found to be a rich source of new knowledge and expertise. Today, many years after my YSSP experience, I am still aware of the influence my participation in the program had on my life," he says.

Your support will give a young researcher from a developing country the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a three-month summer program in an international and interdisciplinary research environment that encourages participants to broaden their research perspectives;
  • Advance their own doctoral research under the direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist;
  • Network with researchers from across the globe; and
  • Acquire new skills including research methods, public policy analysis and media training.

The Program ensures that the young scientists return to their home countries with new skills and a worldwide network of research contacts.

You can make a difference to the future of an exceptional young scientist from a developing country by making a contribution to IIASA's Annual Fund.

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Last edited: 08 July 2015


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