Austria, Laxenburg

Young Scientists Summer Program

when 1 June 2020 - 31 August 2020
language English
duration 13 weeks

Every summer from 1 June to 31 August, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) hosts up to 50 doctoral students from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). IIASA is an international research institute based near Vienna, Austria. A global leader in systems analysis, IIASA conducts policy-oriented, multidisciplinary research into challenges that are too large or complex to be solved by a single country or discipline. These challenges, which include climate change, energy security, and sustainable development, must be solved by international cooperation.

Application Deadline: January 11, 2020

Each YSSP participant works on a topic related to his or her PhD thesis and to IIASA’s own research agenda, the goal being to write a publishable paper. All YSSP participants are personally mentored by IIASA senior scientists.
You should apply if:
• You are an advanced graduate student;
• Your field of study complements research at IIASA;
• You are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research;
• Your research and career would benefit from working alongside 50 or so young scientists as well as senior scientists from around the world;
• You would like to explore the policy implications of your work.
Successful applicants from countries with an IIASA National Member Organization (NMO) are eligible for funding, and some fellowships are also available for students from non-NMO countries. To learn about funding in your country, contact your National Member Organization.

What is IIASA?
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century. Our findings provide valuable options to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by prestigious research funding agencies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

IIASA’s research comes under the following programs:
• Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases
• Advanced Systems Analysis
• Ecosystem Services and Management
• Energy
• Evolution and Ecology
• Risk and Resilience
• Transitions to New Technologies
• Water
• World Population

General Questions: yssp.info@iiasa.ac.at
More information on the official website

Course leader

Accepted participants work within the Institute’s research programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff.

Target group

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
-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;
-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)

Course aim

What to expect from the program?

The Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) provides a unique opportunity to:

-advance your research under the direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist
-broaden your research interests by working in IIASA’s interdisciplinary and international research environment;
-build contacts with IIASA’s worldwide network and collaborate with the institute during your future career
-produce a paper which will be the first step towards a publishable journal article

Credits info

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century. However, we are not a University and can therefore not give Credits.

Fee info

EUR 0: How much is the stipend and who is paying?
Most of IIASA's National Member Organizations (NMOs) provide special grants to enable young scientists (either their own nationals or foreign students studying in their country) to participate in the YSSP. The stipend varies slightly among NMOs, but usually it is EUR 1310 per month plus airfare. If you are not citizen of or resident in an NMO country you must find alternative funds (either from your home institution or other sources) to finance participation.

Participation costs
IIASA does not charge a tuition fee. In general, participants are expected to cover all expenses associated with their stay (3 months rent; meals; local transportation; expenses for any accompanying dependents; and health insurance) from their NMO grant or their other funding source.

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.

Scholarships

Most of IIASA's National Member Organizations (NMOs) provide special grants to enable young scientists (either their own nationals or foreign students studying in their country) to participate in the YSSP.