11 January 2019.


Laxenburg, Austria

(Partially Funded)


Young Scientists Summer Program

Since 1977, IIASA’s annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with the institute’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic, and social change.

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IIASA’s annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change. From June through August accepted participants work within the Institute’s Research Programs under the guidance of IIASA scientific staff. The YSSP provides a unique opportunity for participants to

  • advance their research under the direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist, and at the same time contribute to IIASA’s ongoing scientific agenda;
  • broaden their research interests by working in IIASA’s interdisciplinary and international research environment;
  • build contacts with IIASA’s worldwide network of collaborators and with other YSSP fellows.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • 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

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Three months

(From June to August)

Eligibility Requirements (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 Ph.D. 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.
  • 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 Ph.D. degree by application deadline are asked to consider applying to IIASA’s postdoc program.


Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

For Egypt and Iran:
1.Provide special grants to enable young scientists (either their own nationals or foreign students studying in their country) to participate in the YSSP.
2. Salary with an amount of EUR 1310 per month plus airfare.
3. Regarding the living cost and another expense is covered by the Participants.

For the remaining countries:

IIASA will finance up to 3 candidates from developing countries.

For more information please click here.

How to Apply

First Step:  

Create a new application:

  • This option allows you to start a new application, and it requires:
    1.Your name.
    2. An Email address.
    3. A security question.
  • You will be sent a link which allows you to prepare and edit the application. Until the application deadline, you can create a new application, edit an existing application, and submit the completed application to the program.

Second Step:

Fill in your application:

  • The application requires filling in a number of boxes that ask you to provide data about:
    1.Your research interests.
    2. CV.
    3. A motivation for applying to the program.
    4. And the names of two references.

Third Step:

Submit your application:

  • When you submit your application you will receive a confirmation email and further instructions.
  • Once the application is submitted, it cannot be changed.

Reference letters:

  • Applications cannot be considered unless your reference letters have been received. Upon finalization of our application, we will send requests for recommendation to the referees proposed by applicants.
  • They will have time to upload their letters by latest 15 January 2019 (better yet to have them ready before submitting your application).

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This Scholarship Published by:
Sara Idris / Egypt 

Reviewed by” Hend Younis Egypt 
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team