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IST PHD SCHOLARSHIPS IN AUSTRIA 2021

The deadline for applications is Jan 8, 2021 (23:59 CET) for PhD entry in September 2021.

The goal of the IST Austria PhD program is to produce intellectually broad, curious, open-minded scientists who are able to approach problems from different angles and can collaborate with diverse types of scientists.

To this end, the students complete an innovative interdisciplinary training program consisting of both research and taught elements, and receive close mentoring by world-class faculty from different disciplines. All students whose broad research interests align with those of our faculty are eligible to join the IST Austria PhD program. Selection of the thesis supervisor occurs at the end of the first year.


In the first year, students complete coursework and rotations in three different research groups. After selecting a thesis supervisor and passing the qualifying examination, students work on their thesis research, attend international conferences and colloquia, and receive training in teaching and other transferable skills. Research groups are deliberately kept small to ensure close supervision, and all students are mentored by several faculty members who make up their thesis committee. The program is designed for students to complete their studies in 4-5 years. All students making reasonable progress are fully funded until the time of their thesis defense.


FULLY-FUNDED PHD POSITIONS


They offer fully-funded PhD positions in the natural and mathematical sciences in a world-class research environment on the outskirts of Vienna. For more information about our PhD program, please visit the PhD Program Overview page.


WHAT APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE REQUIRED?

Upload the following documents to the application portal:

  • CV

  • Statement of purpose that explains your research experience and your motivation for applying to the IST Austria PhD program. It should 1-2 pages maximum. In your statement, specify up to three research groups you find the most interesting. At this stage, you do not need to contact potential supervisors.

  • University transcripts and diplomas of all degree programs and all years you have attended and/or are currently enrolled in (in English and in original language)

  • Contact information of 3 referees

All documents have to be submitted in English and copies of university transcripts also in their original language.


WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA?

The selection committee uses a collection of indicators to evaluate the applicant’s preparedness, motivation, and potential. The following will be considered:

Scientific promise:

  1. undergraduate performance: overall, with a special focus on relevant field-specific courses

  2. reference letters provided by professors and senior scientists: one letter from industry is acceptable, but letters from an academic background are given priority; referees are asked to address analytical capabilities, technical proficiency, ability to work independently and motivation/commitment;

  3. statement of purpose: the applicant’s past research experience and motivation for applying to this particular PhD program: is it a good academic fit? does the program contribute to the candidate’s future career plans?, etc.;

  4. additional relevant skills (field-specific): demonstrated in, e.g., internships and/or participation in research projects, participation in science Olympiads, programming languages, lab techniques, etc.

Background:

  1. quality of the undergraduate background, i.e. quality of the institution attended

  2. transferable skills: e.g. communication skills, experience with working in teams, previous mobility and international experiences, leadership experience as demonstrated in student organizations, etc.;

  3. diversity: e.g. a woman in computer science/math/physics; an applicant who switched fields, etc.;


DOWNLOAD BROCHURES & POSTERS

You can also obtain an overview of the IST Austria PhD program from the “The PhD Experience” brochure.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

For more information about the application process and PhD admissions, please read the FAQ page.


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