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
- Ecosystem Services and Management
- World Population
- Risk and Resilience
- Transitions to New Technologies
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
Researchers in natural and social sciences, mathematics, engineering, management and decision sciences, and policy analysis are invited to work in IIASA’s cross-disciplinary, systems-focused environment on problems related to critical policy issues facing the globe. IIASA provides full funding for four Postdoctoral Research Fellowships each year. Funding is for 2 years. Scholars are expected to conduct their own research in collaboration with one or more of IIASA's research programs or special projects. To apply, fill out the IIASA online application form, and submit your CV and a proposal for research relevant to IIASA’s mission of providing insights and guidance on policy issues of global importance. Proposals may contribute to ongoing areas of IIASA research, or identify innovative ways of connecting and cooperating with two or more IIASA activities. Candidates are encouraged to identify and contact potential postdoctoral supervisors/collaborators within IIASA.
Peter E. DeJánosi Postdoctoral Fellowship
-for application of systems analysis to policy and management issues
The Peter E. DeJánosi Fellowship was established by IIASA in honor of Dr. de Jánosi, who as Director of the Institute from 1990 to 1996, guided its transition from its original role as a Cold War era bridge between East and West to its current role as a center for objective, multi-national, interdisciplinary analysis of issues arising from Global Change. Funding is for 2 years.
To apply, fill out the IIASA application form and include a paragraph on how your proposed work will carry forward Dr. de Jánosi’s deep interest in applying interdisciplinary analyses to significant public policy and management problems, particularly through integrating the social sciences into IIASA’s work.
IIASA-Mexico CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship
-for Mexican applicants
The Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and IIASA have established the IIASA-Mexico Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme to fund up to three postdocs from Mexico for the duration of one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, depending on evaluation and development. Once an application was successfully evaluated by one ore more IIASA programs, a joint review process between the Selection Committees at IIASA and CONACYT will be engaged with the final results to be announced latest 2 months after the application deadline.
In the application form candidates will be asked to add a brief summary of their research proposal in Spanish. More information and eligibility criteria can be found here.
Please note: Applications for this years round are now closed.
Other Postdoctoral Opportunities at IIASA
(Applications are made directly to funder)
The Korea Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
Korean nationals who have received their doctoral degrees by Korean universities are eligible to apply for postdoctoral fellowships. Funding is provided by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) for up to 24 months covering travel allowance, monthly stipend, and health insurance.
Applications are made directly to the National Research Foundation. The current application period runs from 4 October – 3 November 2016. The application material incudes a current CV, a proposed research plan during your intended work at IIASA, and references.
After a research proposal has been formulated, applicants are encouraged to communicate with the relevant program representatives. This level of personal interaction is vital not only to discuss research ideas and ascertain their relevance to IIASA’s scientific agenda but it also allows much more realistic formulation of research plans and expectations on the part of both IIASA and the applicant.
Kempe Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
-for scholars from Northern Sweden
The Kempe Foundation ”Kempestiftelserna” in Sweden offers postdoctoral scholarships for from three northernmost Swedish universities:
- Luleå University of Technology
- Umeå University
- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå
The scholarship aims to support researchers conducting research on topics closely related to IIASA's research agenda. Scholars can spend up to two years at IIASA. The Foundation’s long-term goal to create an international network that will foster continued cooperation between IIASA and the home institution.
Applications are made directly to the Kempe Foundation. The application material includes a current CV and a maximum 5-page research proposal for work at IIASA, including a letter of invitation from the host program or programs at IIASA. More information.
Academy of Finland Mobility Postdoctoral Fellowship
-for Finnish nationals and permanent residents
IIASA-Brazil Postdoctoral Fellowship
Brazilian nationals and permanent residents are eligible to apply for postdoctoral fellowships at IIASA. Funding is provided by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) for up to 24 months covering travel allowance, settling-in allowance, monthly living stipend and health insurance allowance.
Application is done in two steps:
Step 1) Go to the CAPES website where you will find a "registration form" in the "related documents" section. Please complete the form and send to to request a nomination letter from IIASA. Please note part of the form requires candidates to develop and submit a research proposal that interfaces their own research interests with the research agenda of one of the various activities pursued at IIASA; in order to find the program suitable for your research please view our research page.
Step 2) Go to the CAPES website to fill out the "online registration" (found under "available links") and submit all documents listed under "General Regulations for CAPES/IIASA Programs".
Questions should be directed to
Candidates need to send the registration form (step 1) to IIASA by latest 30 June 2016.
Once IIASA sends their reply (nomination letter or decline of application) please register via the online registration form (step 2) on the CAPES website (15 August - 15 September 2016).
Results of the selection are announced by November 2016.
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.