Why IST Austria?
IST Austria has a lot to offer for students who decide to pursue a career in science.
We are a world-class basic science research institute in the heart of Europe. Our doctoral education offers a US-style graduate school experience, in which students are admitted to the PhD program, rather than individual research groups, and only select their PhD supervisors after a year of rotations and a unique interdisciplinary training program. We admit exceptional students with master’s or bachelor’s degrees, and all of our PhD students are fully-funded for the duration of their PhD.
IST Austria has a diverse and international student population, represented by students from over 30 countries. We use English throughout the institute as the language of instruction and communication.
In terms of location, IST Austria is only a 25-minute bus ride from Vienna, which is consistently voted one of the best cities in the world to live in. Our students have the choice of living in Klosterneuburg, a quiet area surrounded by beautiful woods and close to the world-famous monastery (Stift Klosterneuburg), or right in the hustle and bustle of Vienna. We also have a number of housing options on campus.
When you apply for our PhD program, you will be considered through a selective centralized admissions process. To complete the application process, you will need to submit:
- a resume/CV
- a statement of purpose (1-2 pages), and
- three referees
For detailed instructions, please carefully read the page on how to apply.
After successful admission, you will perform rotations and do coursework in your first year of PhD studies. It is only after this initial phase of exploration that you join a research group. Please be aware that we can only admit students whose research interests align with those of our faculty. Find out more about our PhD programhere.
You might be interested in doing an internship at IST Austria, and there is the possibility of doing so before the start of your PhD (whether or not you have been admitted to our PhD program). For more information, have a look at the internship options we offer.
All our PhD positions are fully funded for the duration of the PhD, paid at internationally competitive rates. Travel bursaries are also available for PhD students in their first year for conference attendance.
The deadline for PhD applications is January 8, 2016 11:59 PM (CET), for a start in September, 2016. Referees have until January 15, 2016 11:59PM (CET) to submit their letters of recommendation. All application material should be submitted through our online application page.