Application and Selection Process of the IIASA-Funded Postdoctoral Program

IIASA Postdoctoral Program

IIASA provides full funding for 4 postdoctoral researchers each year. Scholars are expected to conduct their own research within one of IIASA's research programs or special projects on topics closely related to IIASA's agenda. The application process for a post-doctoral scholarship at IIASA is outlined below:

The goals of the IIASA Postdoctoral Program are:

  • to encourage and promote the development of young researchers and offer them the opportunity to further their careers by gaining hands-on professional research experience in a highly international scientific environment; and
  • to enrich IIASA’s intellectual environment and help achieve research program goals.

As well as the special prestige attached to a postdoctoral award at IIASA, recipients enjoy a substantial number of professional benefits as well as a competitive remuneration package.

Research Proposal & First Contact

In order to find the program suitable for your research please view our research page.

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. 

Once a proposal has been formulated we encourage communication with the relevant program representatives. We suggest to open the application form, frame the proposed research according to the questions there, and then send an introductory e-mail with this information to the relevant program representative(s). 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.

Evaluation criteria

  • The quality of the proposed research.
  • The relevance for ongoing or planned research activities at IIASA. Proposals relevant to two or more IIASA programs are encouraged.
  • Candidates' academic merit and potential for successful research (graduate record, publication record, and letters of recommendation).
  • A demonstrated ability to think and work independently and in a team.
  • Candidates' depth of experience with interdisciplinary research.
  • The degree to which a candidate would contribute to the long-term balance of postdoctoral positions in terms of programs, gender, and country of origin.

Selection process

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 selection committee is composed of IIASA scientists. Additional input may be sought from external reviewers familiar with the candidate's research topics. Based on the recommendation of the selection committee the final decision is made be the IIASA Directorate.


Successful candidates will receive a letter of acceptance and a contract offer. They can begin their research at IIASA at any time after notification, but no later than 6 months after receiving the contract offer.

Financial resources

  • an allowance for relocation expenses to and from Laxenburg
  • limited support for business travel
  • a scholarship that is internationally competitive  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.

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Last edited: 02 July 2014


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