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Apply for the Young Scientists Summer Program

Posted by on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 in Announcements .

The International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) offers an extraordinary opportunity for PhD candidates to spend a summer doing independent, mentored research in a beautiful setting outside Vienna, Austria in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP). For U.S.-based students accepted to YSSP, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences provides funding for travel and living expenses for a limited number of fellowships

Who should apply?
You should apply if:

  • You are an advanced doctoral student, ideally 1-2 years from PhD degree.
  • Your field of study complements the policy relevant, global change-oriented research at IIASA.
  • You are interested in interdisciplinary research.
  • You would like to apply your research to global challenges facing society.
  • Your research and career would benefit from working alongside 50 young scientists, as well as senior researchers, from around the world.


IIASA’s work is organized in 6 Research Programs:

  • Advancing Systems Analysis
  • Economic Frontiers
  • Biodiversity & Natural Resources
  • Energy, Climate and Environment
  • Population and Just Societies
  • Strategic Initiatives

YSSP Fellows’ fields of research might include applied math and methodologies; earth, ocean, atmospheric, and hydrological sciences; engineering, data science and IT; remote sensing and citizen science;  demography and sociology; operations research and management science; risk and decision science; climate science and integrated assessment, ecosystem sciences, forestry and agricultural systems; evolution and biodiversity; data analysis, programming, and GIS applications; political science, policy studies, international relations, and diplomacy; economics and natural capital accounting.
IIASA does not do laboratory research

Contact the Board on International Science Organizations at the National Academies for more information at

Application Deadline: January 12, 2024

Apply here