2019 IIASA-NERC Collaborative Research Fellowships

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
United Kingdom and Austria, Various
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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0-2 Years
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NERC is part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), and is the UK's main body for funding and managing research in the environmental sciences. NERC supports some of the best environmental science research in the world as well as essential PhD training and innovation programmes to ensure that the UK is able to take full advantage of the wealth of scientific knowledge that it creates. NERC invests £330 million in research and innovation each year, tackling major issues such as climate change, environmental influences on human health, the genetic make-up of life on Earth, and much more. NERC's research and innovation covers the full range of atmospheric, Earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic sciences, from the deep oceans to the upper atmosphere and from the poles to the equator.

IIASA was established in 1972 as an independent international research organisation based in Austria. IIASA's interdisciplinary research focuses on finding solutions to the complex, interconnected global problems confronting humanity, ranging from achieving global food security to transitioning to sustainable energy systems. Underpinning these studies is big data and systems analysis - one of the few research tools with the breadth and depth to explore complex problems across multiple sectors, countries and time frames.


The overarching objective of this call is to support the development of excellent early career researchers working across NERC and IIASA remits and to work towards establishing long-term collaborative links between the wider NERC and IIASA research communities beyond the lifetime of these awards. This fellowship programme has been developed by NERC and IIASA to:


  • support the development of skills for early career environmental scientists in a subset of systems analysis and applied statistics in topics of relevance to policy
  • build and foster sustainable collaborative interdisciplinary relationships between the UK and IIASA research communities
  • develop and support capacity building of interdisciplinary systems researchers that could establish themselves as the next generation of research leaders working across both NERC and IIASA remits.


Funding of £1 million is available to support research fellowships through this call. All fellowship awards must commence by 31 March 2020 and all fellowships supported through this call will be of three years' full-time duration.

All fellowships may be held full or part-time, and NERC welcomes applications from candidates who wish to work on a part-time / flexible basis. The duration of the fellowship award will be adjusted to accommodate any extensions required as a result of any periods of part-time working.

Applicant eligibility

Applicants are expected to hold a doctorate by the start date of the fellowship or be able to demonstrate equivalent research experience and/or training.

These fellowships are for early career researchers who are establishing independence. Senior researchers are not permitted to apply. There are no eligibility rules based on years since PhD.

Applicants should not have a permanent academic position (or equivalent in institutions other than universities). NERC staff, in bands five and six only, can apply for a fellowship; if successful, they would have to resign from their position in order to take up the fellowship.

Additional requirements

Applicants will be required to deliver a program of collaborative research across their award-holding UK research organization and IIASA, making use of IIASA facilities, resources and collaborative relationships to deliver their research. 

Applicants must undertake a program of network building activities alongside their research with the intention of fostering long-term collaborative relationships between their UK research community and IIASA.

All fellows are required to split their time between IIASA and their UK host institution over the lifetime of their award. Being encouraged to spend up to 50% of the fellowship at IIASA and as a minimum spending one year of the fellowship at IIASA. This can be organized as one long continuous stay or split into various shorter stays.

All applicants will be required to demonstrate within their application the commitment of a IIASA research program, who will support them during their time at IIASA. Therefore, once applicants have formulated a draft outline of their research for the fellowship, the applicant should contact the relevant IIASA research program representative to discuss its fit with the IIASA research agenda and obtain a letter of support from the IIASA research program director.

Length of the fellowship

All fellowships supported for this call will be of three years full-time duration.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted using the research councils' Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S). For full details on how to apply, please visit the NERC how to apply webpage. The call will be open until 7 August 2019.


For queries regarding these fellowships, please contact   or Iain Stewart, Head of IIASA External Relations ( )