IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) 2021 for doctoral students worldwide


IIASA offers PhD student fellowships to undertake a summer project on a topic related to the IIASA research agenda.
Annually, from 1 June to 31 August, IIASA hosts up to 50 doctoral students from around the world in its Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP).


  • The program is designed for PhD students (ideally about 2 years prior to receiving their PhD) working on a topic compatible with ongoing research at IIASA and a wish to explore the policy implications of their work.
  • Participants will be working under the direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist in a unique interdisciplinary and international research environment. They will produce a paper (serving as first step towards a publishable journal article) and will get the opportunity to build up contacts for future collaboration within the institute's worldwide network.
  • Applicants can choose to work with up to two programs. If there is additional is interest in one of our flagship projects this can be indicated in the box provided in the application form (under "please justify your choice of programs here"). We strongly encourage contacting the various program representatives and carefully read through all program descriptions before making your decision.
  • Applicants from all countries are welcome, although IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of National Member Organizations (NMO) countries.
  • Participation in the YSSP is only possible for one summer (however, you may apply several times) and you will need to be present at the institute (i.e. no field work or working remotely)


Most of the institute's National Member Organizations (NMOs) provide special grants to enable young scientists to participate in the YSSP. Note: only limited slots available so there is a chance tat selected candidates will not get funding from an NMO due to high demand. The stipend varies slightly among NMOs, but usually it is €1310 per month plus airfare.

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.

Deadline for applications: Applications for 2021 are being accepted from 1 October 2020 -14 January 2021. Selection results can be expected as of 12 March 2021.

For more information, please visit: https://iiasa.ac.at/web/home/education/yssp/Young_Scientists_Summer_Program.html