All applications will be received by the Academic Affairs Office, which will determine the candidate’s formal eligibility to participate in the program. The application materials of every eligible candidate will be forwarded to the Selection Committee.

Every year in April, the Selection Committee will meet to discuss all eligible candidates. 

Normally, the top five candidates will be offered an ISTFELLOW position; however, it is possible that fewer or more fellowships are offered.Official fellowship offers will be made within two weeks of the selection meeting, and the chosen candidates have two months to accept or reject the offer. Both successful and unsuccessful candidates will be informed at the same time.  Unsuccessful candidates will not be put on a waiting list, but strong candidates who are above the pass mark but cannot be offered fellowships will be put on a reserve list. They may also strengthen their application by providing new information and resubmitting it by the next cut-off date. If any fellowship offers are turned down, then a candidate from the reserve list can be invited.The candidates who accept their offer may move to IST Austria at any time, but no later than seven months after the offer has been made.  In other words, fellowships that are offered in April must start no later than November.

Selection Committee Setup
The key role in the selection process is played by the Selection Committee, which currently consists of IST professors and/or assistant professors. The number of professors on the Selection Committee will increase as the faculties represented at IST Austria increase. The Selection Committee will be headed by the program chair of ISTFELLOW. The chair of the program is appointed for three years. As a rule, the professorial members are elected from the body of all IST professors and assistant professors, and the election will be carried out in a way that ensures that all disciplines of IST Austria will have a faculty representative on the committee. All initial appointments will vary from 1 to 3 years, so that two members of the Selection Committee (one-third of the Committee) will be replaced each year. After this initial stage, this sliding rotation will be ensured by making all appointments for three years.

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