When applying, you will have to create an online account with us, which will allow you to track your application through its various stages. Please note that you will not be able to switch between the different steps. You do not need to complete the process in one sitting, as you can return to your account until you submit the application. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make changes!


Step 1: Create an account
Register online by entering your name and e-mail address using the link above. You will immediately receive an e-mail with the link to your user account.

Step 2: Confirm your registration

Step 3: Recommendation letters
Enter the names and e-mail addresses of 3 referees who have taught or collaborated with you or followed or supervised your work and are therefore able to evaluate your academic and research performance. They will receive an e-mail directly from us with the subject “IST Austria – Request for Letter of Recommendation” with a link to an online platform. Before submitting your referees’ details, please make sure that they are willing and available to provide their recommendation within the respective deadline. Keep in mind that your recommenders need time to write and submit the letters.

Please note that you will not be allowed to upload scanned letters of recommendation yourself. All letters of recommendation must be submitted by your referees via this platform.
Please also note that we are unable to process your application without letters of recommendation. These letters are an integral part of your application, and it is your responsibility to ensure that all letters of reference are submitted by the respective deadline.

Step 4:
Application form
In this step you will need to submit a resume/CV, university transcripts, and a research statement. We recommend that you submit these documents by uploading PDF files. If this is not possible, you may "cut and paste" them into the application.
Make sure that you fill in all fields (resume, research statement). If you would like to upload documents in the next step, please make sure that you tick the appropriate box. Once you have moved on to the next step, you will not be able to return and make changes.
In your resume/CV, include your educational history since high school, relevant work experience, additional qualifications, list of publications (if any), scholarships, awards, etc.
The research statement is a 2- to 3-page essay outlining and motivating the planned research, its goals and general significance. You do not need to give  specific timelines and milestones, however. IST Austria is an Institute for basic research and its scientists are free to adjust their research plan in whatever direction they deem most promising.

IST professors or assistant professors will confirm whether or not the planned research can be carried out with the resources and facilities available at the Institute.

Step 5: Supporting documentsUpload PDF copies of your university transcripts and diploma certificates. All applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent or anticipate the completion of the degree before the respective start date. If your current course of study is still on-going, please provide the latest transcript and state when you expect to receive your degree.

In this step, you will also be able to upload additional supporting documents such as publications, TOEFL/IELTS and GRE scores. As the official language of the Institute is English, these documents are helpful, but not mandatory.  The IST Austria TOEFL code is 6384.

Step 6:
Submit your application
The deadline for submission is the 15th of March, 24:00 CET. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make changes. At this stage, you will be able to track the status of the letters of reference, and, if need be, are able to send out reminder e-mails.

Should you have any questions, please contact istfellow@remove-this.ist.ac.at.

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