Postdoctoral Research at IIASA

Every year IIASA provides full funding for several postdoctoral researchers. Scholars are expected to conduct their own research in collaboration with one or more of IIASA's research programs or special projects in an interdisciplinary way. Postdoctoral positions, up to 2 years duration, should best be started between October and January.

Next application deadlines: 1 April 2017 and 1 October 2017 


  • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases
  • Advanced Systems Analysis 
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Energy
  • Ecosystem Services and Management
  • World Population
  • Risk and Resilience
  • Transitions to New Technologies
  • Water

IIASA Futures Initiatives

  • Arctic Futures 
  • Tropical Futures 
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within European and Eurasian Space 
  • Water Futures and Solutions 

Cross Cutting Activities

  • Accounting for Social Heterogeneity in IIASA Models
  • Systemic Risk and Network Dynamics
  • Equitable Governance of Common Goods

Applying for all our postdoctoral fellowships is done through the IIASA online postdoctoral application form, although the topical focus and eligibility varies. In addition to the IIASA funded fellowships, there are other IIASA dedicated postdoctoral fellowships where applications are made directly to the funders. Their descriptions can be found below.

Who can apply?

PLEASE NOTE: IIASA does not do lab-type research and as such does not provide any onsite lab-type facilities. Also: The fellowship requires you to be present at IIASA; if you need to stay away from the institute to do your research or expect IIASA to fund field research overseas please do not apply.

Candidates should have their PhD at the time of taking up the appointment and are expected to have a proven record of research accomplishments, and a solid working knowledge of English. The typical period for IIASA-funded postdoctoral support is 12–24 months. Preference will be given to applicants who are nationals of countries where IIASA has a National Member Organization and who have held a doctoral degree for less than 5 years at the application deadline.  

Postdoctoral Opportunities at IIASA
(Applications are made directly to IIASA via the regular online application form) 

IIASA Post Doc Fellowship

Peter E. DeJánosi Postdoctoral Fellowship 
-for application of systems analysis to policy and management issues

IIASA-Mexico CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship
-for Mexican applicants

Other Postdoctoral Opportunities at IIASA
(Applications are made directly to funder)

The Korea Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Kempe Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 
-for scholars from Northern Sweden

Academy of Finland Mobility Postdoctoral Fellowship 
-for Finnish nationals and permanent residents

IIASA-Brazil Postdoctoral Fellowship

From time to time, additional postdoctoral scholarships become available through external grants awarded to IIASA research programs; such opportunities will be advertised separately under the IIASA job openings, if and when they arise.

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Last edited: 11 January 2017


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