SPONSOR: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

PURPOSE: To provide summer research opportunities to advanced students

whose interests correspond with IIASA's commitment to issues of

sustainability and the human dimensions of global change and to methods

for dealing with these complex issues.

DEADLINE: January 17, 2000

SUMMARY: Eligibility restrictions are:

Applicants from all over the world are welcome. Students from countries

in which IIASA has a National Member Organization (NMO) as well as

students from non-NMO countries (in the developed and developing world)

are encouraged to apply for participation in the program. All

applications received at IIASA will be forwarded to the relevant

project leaders for their consideration. The final choices will be made

on the basis of the following criteria: 

Preference will be given to applicants who are second- or third-year

pre-doctoral candidates. The applicant's interests should correspond

with ongoing research at IIASA as listed in the YSSP application 

form and as described in the Operations Highlights, Options Magazine,

the 1998 IIASA Research Plan (in PDF format), and the detailed

descriptions of the IIASA projects. The applicant's academic

accomplishments and publications in relevant areas of research will be

important considerations. Attention will also be given to the

applicant's letters of recommendation. 

Since English is the Institute's working language, an acceptable

working level of written and spoken English is required. Candidates

who are not native English speakers should provide an official

document showing proficiency in English. 

Nearly all of IIASA's National Member Organizations provide

grants to enable young scientists from their countries to

participate in the Program. Inquiries concerning financial support

should be directed to the appropriate National Member Organization.

However, IIASA itself is not in a position to provide financial

support to YSSP participants.

What is the Young Scientists Summer Program?

IIASA, located near Vienna, offers summer research opportunities to

advanced students whose interests correspond with IIASA's

commitment to issues of sustainability and the human dimensions of

global change and to methods for dealing with these complex issues.

Most YSSP scholarships are fully funded by one of the National Member


For three months, participants in IIASA's Young Scientists Summer

Program (YSSP) work within IIASA's research projects, where they are

guided by senior scientists. The program provides a unique opportunity

for participants to acquire international experience, enhance their

own research skills and become part of a worldwide network of

specialists with broad interdisciplinary and cross-cultural


Young scholars not only develop and expand their research topics in

the interdisciplinary setting of IIASA's research projects, but have

the opportunity to present their research findings in a seminar

attended by all of the students as well as IIASA staff. Through these

talks and discussions, the participants also learn about other

scientific areas and have the possibility to develop their

own presentation skills. 

In addition, a program of seminars and lectures by short-term visiting

scholars and collaborators gives the students exposure to research

being done on global problems within IIASA and at other research

institutions around the world.

Since the beginning of the program in 1977, over 900 graduate students

from 45 countries have benefited from their participation in IIASA's

scientific work and enhanced their own perspectives and career


Each student completes a paper or report on his/her research activity.

These reports may be considered for inclusion in IIASA's Interim Report

series. Aurelio Peccei and Vladimir S. Mikhalevich awards are given to

those participants whose reports are considered superior and whose

general participation in the program is judged to be of high quality.

The awards provide an opportunity to return to IIASA for an additional

three-month period of work and study. 

IIASA's scientific resources include the research projects, numerous

visitors from other research institutes around the world, an excellent

research library and computer services. The institute helps

participants find reasonable accommodation. 


You can register by filling out the application form online

or (if you have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader) in Adobe 

PDF format. Send them to the Margaret Traber before

January 17, 2000.


For detailed information or applications forms, or if

you have any queries, please contact:

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Ms. Margaret Traber 

YSSP Coordinator 

Personnel Services

A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria 

Tel: +43 2236-807-448

Fax: +43 2236-71313




Keycode Keyword

A006000 Foundation Funding Opportunities

1014000 Science, General & Other

101400A All Science, General & Other

0112000 International

011200A All International

1010002 Analysis & Functional Analysis

0317028 Humanism

031700A All Philosophy

0300000 Arts & Humanities & Cultural Activities

0317000 Philosophy

1007025 Global Change

100700A All Environmental Studies

1007000 Environmental Studies

0113003 Developing & Underdeveloped Nations

0000034 Research

0403005 Cross-Cultural Studies

040300A All Area & Population Studies & Services

0400000 Behavioral & Social Sciences

0403000 Area & Population Studies & Services

0306000 Cultural Activities

1016000 Technology

030600A All Cultural Activities

101600A All Technology

0502031 Science Education

1000000 Science & Technology & Mathematics & Computer Science

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