Candidates are required to develop and submit a research proposal that interfaces their own research interests with the research agenda of one of the various activities pursued at IIASA; in order to find the program suitable for your research please view our research page.

Qualifications and first contact

  • candidates should have held their doctoral degree for less than 5 years at the application deadline;
  • IIASA does not do lab-type research and as such does not provide any onsite lab-type facilities;
  • the IIASA Post Doc fellowship requires you to be present at IIASA; if you need to stay away from the institute to do your research, or expect IIASA to fund field research overseas please do not apply.

Once a proposal has been formulated we encourage communication with the relevant program representatives. We suggest to look at the pdf version of the application form, frame the proposed research according to the questions there, and then send an introductory e-mail. This level of personal interaction is vital not only to discuss research ideas and ascertain their relevance to IIASA’s scientific agenda but it also allows much more realistic formulation of research plans and expectations on the part of both IIASA and the applicant. 

PDF Version Application Form

Please note: Applications are closed now.

Application Procedure

1) Application form
To start the application please click on the following link. You can always exit and come back to the form by clicking the "resume later" button. To resume, use the link provided in the first registration email sent to you. This enables you to edit your answers before hitting the "submit" button.

2) Uploaded material
Please note that any uploaded documents need to be in .pdf format only.

3) Submission
Click the "submit" button on the form once everything has been filled out and uploaded.

4) Selection Results
Results can be expected 2 months after the application deadline. All applicants will be notified via email.

Reference Letters

Once you hit the submit button on your application form we will contact the two referees via the email addresses provided in your application. They will receive an email with clear instructions as to when and where to send their letters. We recommend you to contact your referees well in advance so they know they will receive a note from us. Letters should be sent/uploaded by 5 October.

Selection Criteria

The awards, which are of up to 2 years' duration, are the result of a competitive process and carry special recognition both within and outside the Institute. The following criteria are taken into account:

  • Quality of the research
  • Novelty of the research
  • Candidate's merits
  • Cross-cutting potential

Accepted candidates are offered

  • an allowance for relocation expenses to and from Laxenburg;
  • limited support for monthly business travel;
  • a scholarship that is internationally competitive (~ 39 000 EUR p.a.). It is exempt from taxation in Austria, but subject to the principle of income aggregation;
  • All appointees are eligible for either state or private health insurance.

All information submitted will be held in strict confidence.

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Last edited: 23 November 2016


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