Conditions of Participation

Eligibility criteria


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.

Selection criteria 

  • the quality of the proposed research plan, including its relevance to (i) the research agenda of the program selected by the applicant, (ii) the research objectives of the candidate and (iii) the corresponding background and skills of the applicant;
  • 2 letters of recommendation.

Scholarships/Funding

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.

Applicants not eligible for an NMO scholarship must find alternative funds from their home institution or other sources to finance their participation. IIASA has limited funds for exceptional applicants from non-NMO countries: these are awarded as part of the selection procedure.



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Last edited: 12 January 2016

CONTACT DETAILS

Aleksandra Cofala

YSSP & Postdoc Assistant

Young Scientists Summer Program

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