Call for Young Scientists Summer Program

bridges vol. 20, December 2008/ Noteworthy Information


The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) sponsors a 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) that offers research opportunities to talented young researchers in the fields of global environmental, economic, and social change.

{access view=guest}Access to the full article is free, but requires you to register. Registration is simple and quick – all we need is your name and a valid e-mail address. We appreciate your interest in bridges.{/access} {access view=!guest} What is IIASA?

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, an international research organization in Laxenburg near Vienna, Austria, conducts interdisciplinary scientific studies on environmental, economic, technological, and social issues in the context of global change. IIASA researchers utilize state-of-the-art methodology and analytical approaches in providing non-political and unbiased perspectives to decision makers and the scientific community.

YSSP: Meeting students from all over the world.

Many of IIASA's National Member Organizations (NMOs) provide special grants to enable young scientists from their countries, or foreign students studying in their country, to participate in the program. The US NMO funds both American citizens and non-citizens who are studying in the US .

From June through August, 50 to 60 students from around the world work in 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.

What to Expect from the Program

Former IIASA summer students.

Participants not only develop and expand their research topics, but also take part in an interdisciplinary program of lectures, discussion groups, and seminars given by IIASA staff, Institute Scholars, and invited speakers (including Nobel and Schumpeter Laureates). The program offers a wide range of scientific events in both the social and natural sciences, often with important policy dimensions.

Since the beginning of the Program in 1977, 1462 participants from 73 countries have benefited from collaborating with IIASA's scholars and enhanced their own perspectives and career opportunities.

Application Period

Registration for the 2009 program will be closed on January 19, 2009. Only complete applications received before midnight (24:00 CET) on January 19, 2009, will be considered. The online application form will be available on the YSSP web site during the application period.

The summer program will run from June 1 until August 31, 2009. Candidates will be informed about acceptance of their applications by March 6, 2009. Interested candidates should have research experience corresponding to a level typical of researchers about two years prior to receiving their Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Detailed information about IIASA and the Young Scientists Summer Program can be found on the following web pages: