Postdoctoral fellowships at IIASA

IIASA offers a range of postdoc opportunities for early career researchers. These include fully funded research positions of up to two years to study topics related to the IIASA research agenda. Information on call openings and application deadlines can be found below.


1) Candidates are required 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. To find the program suitable for your research please view our research page. Once you have formulated a proposal we encourage you to contact the relevant program representatives

We suggest to look at the application form, frame the proposed according to the questions there, and then send an introductory e-mail. This is vital, not only to discuss research ideas and ascertain their relevance to IIASA but also to ensure more realistic research plans and expectations on the part of both IIASA and the applicant. 

2) Candidates should have held their PhD for less than five years at the application deadline. However, eligibility is extended under the following circumstances.


3) IIASA does not do lab-type research and therefore has no labs. Also please note that the fellowship requires you to be present at IIASA; please do not apply if you need to stay away from the institute for you research, or expect IIASA to fund field research.

Before applying please also have a look at our postdoctoral fellowship guidelines.

Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers

For information on call openings and application deadlines please see information below.

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

Our institute invites Expressions of Interest proposals to participate in the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships scheme with IIASA as host institution. More

IIASA-NERC Collaborative Research Fellowships

The IIASA-NERC Collaborative Research Fellowships programme will provide three years of support for at least two promising early-career researchers to deliver challenging research and support the development of long-term collaborative working relationships between the UK and IIASA research communities. More

The Peking University (PKU) - IIASA Postdoctoral Program

Postdoctoral students wishing to develop skills, experience and expertise in systems analysis, and in international and interdisciplinary research are invited to apply for a fellowship within the PKU-IIASA Postdoctoral Program.  More

IIASA-Brazil Fellowships

In partnership with IIASA’s Brazilian NMO, the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) IIASA offers doctoral and postdoc opportunities for Brazilian nationals and permanent residents. More

IIASA-Israel Program

The IIASA-Israel Program offers opportunities for postdoc and mid-career researchers to develop their skills and expertise in systems analysis, and international and interdisciplinary research at IIASA. More

Peter E. De Jánosi Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Peter E. de Jánosi 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 a bridge between East and West during the Cold War to its current role as a center for objective, multinational, interdisciplinary analysis of global change. More

The Korea Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Korean nationals who have received their doctoral degrees by Korean universities are eligible to apply for postdoctoral fellowships. Biannually, the National Research Foundation of Korea provides funding for up to 24 months. Candidates have to apply to both NRF (on the NRF website) and IIASA. More

Alternative funding opportunities

In addition to the (bilateral) fellowships above we invite you to look at the following funding opportunities available in our NMO countries and across the world which sponsor postdoctoral fellows in areas of research complementary to work done at IIASA. Please note that the list is non exhaustive and is continuously updated.

  • Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships. Our institute invites Expressions of Interest proposals to participate in the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships scheme with IIASA as host institution. Click here for more information.
  • The ESPRIT Programme is addressed to highly qualified postdocs from all disciplines at the beginning of their academic career who wish to carry out an independent research project at an Austrian research institute 
  • The START Programme ensures that highly promising young researchers (two to eight years after receiving their doctorate) have the means to plan their research on a long-term basis and with sufficient financial security. By assuming responsibility for the establishment/expansion and management of a research group, project leaders are able to gain the qualifications necessary for leading positions in science, especially as instructors at institutions of higher education in Austria or abroad 
  • The purpose of the PEEK Programme is to fund high-quality, innovative arts-based research efforts in which artistic practice plays a key role
  • Academy of Finland offers funding to postdoctoral researchers. Applicants are encouraged to take part in international mobility and cooperation
  • NRF South Africa NRF-DSI Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Postdoctoral Grants on the ScienceAbroad -an Israel-based nonprofit organization- website
  • Austrian Database for Scholarships & Research Grants
  • The Austrian Academy of Sciences OeAW awards up to eight fellowships per year to holders of a doctorate 
  • Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME) supports the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships. The programme has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Union (EU/FP7/Marie Curie Actions/COFUND). Funding is provided for 18 months, in which 12 months have to be spent abroad and 6 months (re-integration phase) at a German university. The re-integration phase is mandatory. The German university administrates the salary during the whole funding period.
  • The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) offers overseas research fellowships to Japanese researchers 
  • Axa Research Fund Post-Doctoral Fellowships

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Last edited: 15 September 2021


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