Frequently asked questions

Want to know more about the Fellowship and your stay in Austria? We hope you will find all the answers below, otherwise just drop us a line.

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Where can I apply?
The announcement can be found online. To apply please email all necessary documents to our Human Resources department as noted in the announcement.  

Can I apply if I am not coming from an NMO country? 

Applicants from all countries are welcome, but IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a National Member Organization. We encourage applications from developing countries. 

What are the dates of the fellowship?
The fellowship runs from 25 May and ends on 31 August.

Do I have to be present at IIASA during the whole the 3 months?
Yes. The fellowship is a full time activity. However, up to five leave days (working days) are granted and are subject to approval by your IIASA supervisor. 


What should I expect in terms of supervision?

Each fellow will have a primary supervisor. The model is one of mentored independence. You should be prepared to work independently and also be open to feedback and guidance from your supervisor.


How much is the stipend and who is paying? 
The stipend is 4,000 EUR for the three months, paid out in three installments. IIASA does not provide housing or additional funding for housing.

What can I expect in terms of cost of living?
Vienna is an expensive place to live. If you have a choice between bringing something from home or buying it in Vienna, bring it with you. Based on our experience students usually require a total sum of around €5,000 on average to cover all the living and travel expenses related to their participation over the whole summer.

Visa requirements
Please note that as a non-EU (EU/EWR/Swiss) resident, you will need to apply for a D-visa. This D-visa will allow you to travel to Austria and to reside here during the period and will also allow you to travel to other Schengen countries. Accompanying family members will have to apply for C-tourist-visas and will only be able to stay in Austria for up to a maximum of 90 days. Participants from the EU and Switzerland will need to apply for an "Aufenthaltsbescheinigung". IIASA will initiate contact with the relevant embassy in your country. Do not get active until you hear from IIASA about further steps. 


You are encouraged to organize your own accommodation. Should you need support please contact our Human Resources department. 


Can I open a bank account during my stay in Austria?
Yes, we have several options at IIASA which allow you to open and close an account in order to avoid fees at cash machines. 

What kind of weather can I expect?
Austria is in a temperate zone; you can expect quite a warm summer with chances of rain and sometimes a bit of wind. Please bring lots of T-shirts, a sweater, a warmer jacket (for excursions into the mountains), sandals, good shoes, and something dressy for formal social events. Also, don’t forget to bring your swimsuit – we have a pool here!

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What is the dress code at IIASA?
T-shirts, jeans and shorts are common working attire in summer. However, please respect the fact that IIASA is a scientific institute, hosting very often high profile conferences.

What about public transportation - what costs can I expect?
Vienna has an excellent public-transportation system with reliable, clean, and convenient service. The Viennese public transport system is made up of trains, trams, busses, an S-Bahn and a U-Bahn network. 

For those traveling frequently throughout Vienna and from Vienna to Laxenburg we recommend a monthly pass of around 90 EUR entitling you to use all public transport systems in Vienna as well as the bus to Laxenburg. You can change from underground to tram or bus without having to buy another ticket.

Monthly tickets can be purchased at staffed ticket offices (underground stations), Vienna train stations, or directly from the bus driver on the busses no. 215, 700, and 200.

Single tickets for Vienna are 2.40 EUR to 2.50 EUR (purchased inside bus/tram or at ticket office/vending machines); Subway and train map Vienna; ÖBB - Austrian Railways (for those of you under 26 check out the "Vorteilscard"); Wiener Linien - Vienna Transportation; Virtual Vienna; Tiscover Austria.

Opening hours of supermarkets and shops are Monday-Friday from 8:00 to 19:00/19:30, Saturdays until 18:00. Shops are usually closed on Sundays. There are two stores of the supermarket chain "Billa" which are open 365 days from 6:00 to 21:00 at the train station Praterstern and Franz Josefs Bahnhof (Julius Tandler Platz).

Tick vaccinations
Certain wooded areas in Austria, including the park behind the institute and the woods around Laxenburg and the city, are the habitat of the tick. Some of these ticks are infected and their bite can cause early-summer meningitis (ESME). Vaccine is available at the institute but you may want to check with your general physician or local health authority if they can administer the first shot before leaving for Austria. For detailed tick information click here.

Medical insurance
Please note that you are required to have medical insurance for the duration of your stay. In case you have no insurance coverage in your home country, you must take part in the IIASA private medical scheme. More information is provided by the institute's Human Resources department.

Medical services
Click here for local medical facilities in and around Laxenburg.

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