External Relations Fellowship

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Laxenburg, Austria 🇦🇹


The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is currently accepting applications for its 2023 External Relations Fellowship. This fellowship is a highly competitive program that provides early-career opportunities in the area of external relations. The fellowship starts on 1 September and ends on 30 November. The fellowship covers the cost of travel to and from Vienna and the awardee’s home country at the beginning and end of the fellowship, as well as a modest stipend to offset living expenses during the period of the fellowship.  

The external relations fellow will gain experience in developing engagements between IIASA, its National and Regional Member Organizations and their communities, alumni, and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will work in the IIASA Communications and External Relations Department, assisting the Alumni and Network Officer, the External Relations Officer, and the Science Diplomacy Officer with a variety of tasks. This includes supporting engagements and events on IIASA Connect, the preparation of Member Organization engagement reports, facilitation of activities with external partners, updating of information packs, organization of visits from/to Member Organizations, organization of conferences and other events, drafting event summaries, as well as performing other tasks assigned by the supervisor. The fellow will also work closely with IIASA research programs, other departments and units, representatives of Member Organizations, IIASA alumni, and other stakeholders.


  • A bachelor’s or equivalent degree in political science, international relations, public relations, or another relevant area, and/or current students or graduates of an international relations or science-policy program.
  • Applicants from all countries are welcome, but IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a Member Organization. We encourage applications from developing countries.


  • First experience in external relations in an international organization or national organization with an international focus, preferably dealing with research.
  • Written and oral fluency in English and proven ability to understand complex scientific research.
  • Experience with or interest in international relations, political science, sociology, communication, and the science-society interface.


The 2023 External Relations Fellowship runs from 1 September to 30 November 2023, and the selected candidate will be expected to be at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, Austria for the full period. 

IIASA does not provide housing or additional funding for housing. External relations fellows do not qualify for moving, installation, or other allowances. The cost of travel from the home country to and from the institute will be covered by IIASA.

General information on life at IIASA is available here. A page with frequently asked questions about housing can be accessed here, but please note that this page has been designed for attendees of the Young Scientists Summer Program and not all of it will apply to the external relations fellow. 


A monthly salary based on an annual gross salary of EUR 18,800.00, which is exempt from income tax in Austria.

The advertised salary is:

  • Non-negotiable
  • Subject to deductions for health insurance and/or social security. 

About IIASA:

IIASA is committed to a working environment that promotes equality, diversity, tolerance and inclusion within its workforce. This is reflected in our  IIASA core values. We encourage qualified candidates from all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds to apply. In the case that candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to applicants from countries where IIASA has a Member Organization.


For further information about this opportunity please see 


or contact 

Ansa Heyl, Interim Communications Manager


To apply for this opportunity, you will need to provide the following documents in English: 

  • Cover Letter outlining your motivation for applying
  • CV/Resume
  • A letter of recommendation.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Deadline for receipt of applications: 20 March 2023





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