IIASA Postdoctoral Program

The Postdoctoral Program at IIASA offers fully funded research positions of up to two years to study topics related to the IIASA research agenda



Candidates are required to submit a research proposal, which will form the basis for a co-designed research agenda that couples their own interests with the IIASA research agenda.

Please note:

The IIASA Postdoctoral Program is currently not accepting applications. The next call will most likely open at the beginning of 2020. Please keep checking our website for updates.

Qualifications and first contact

1) 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. To find the program suitable for your research please view our research page.Once you have formulated a proposal we encourage you to contact the relevant program representatives

We suggest to look at the PDF of the application form, frame the proposed according to the questions there, and then send an introductory e-mail. This is vital, not only to discuss research ideas and ascertain their relevance to IIASA but also to ensure more realistic research plans and expectations on the part of both IIASA and the applicant. 

2) Candidates should have held their PhD for less than five years at the application deadline. However, eligibility is extended under the following circumstances.

3) IIASA does not do lab-type research and therefore has no labs. The IIASA postdoctoral fellowship requires you to be present at IIASA; please do not apply if you need to stay away from the institute for you research, or expect IIASA to fund field research.


The IIASA Postdoctoral Program is currently not accepting applications. Please keep checking our website for updates on future calls.

Click here for the application link. You can exit and return to the form by clicking "resume later". To resume, use the link provided in the first registration email sent to you. Please note that any uploaded documents must be in PDF format. Click the "submit" button once everything has been filled out and uploaded. You will be notified as to whether your application has been successful no later than two months after the application deadline.

The starting date is flexible, however we do recommend a start we recommend to start within 6 months of the application deadline. 

Reference letters

Once you have submitted your application we will contact your two referees via the email addresses provided by you. We recommend you contact your referees well in advance so they know they will receive an email from us.

Selection criteria

The fellowships, which are up to two years in 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: 28 January 2019


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