The Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) is a new three-month program for talented young researchers to work with scientists from South Africa and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
(IIASA). The second SA-YSSP session will take place from November 24, 2013 to February 22, 2014. The call for applications is open from August 2, 2013 to September 1, 2013.
The SA-YSSP is organized jointly by the South African National Research Foundation
, the South African Department of Science and Technology
, the University of the Free State
in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and IIASA. The new program has been inspired by the success of IIASA’s YSSP, which since 1977 has enabled more than 1,500 young scientists to work together with IIASA researchers on problems of global significance.
From November 24, 2013 to February 22, 2014, participants will carry out collaborative research projects at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The projects will relate both to their doctoral studies and to IIASA research that uses systems analysis methods to address major societal problems.
Each young scientist will work with a collaborating team of advanced researchers, including one researcher from South Africa and the other from IIASA or IIASA’s research network. South African advisors will be resident for 3-4 weeks, while IIASA advisors will be in attendance for one to two weeks. When advisors are off-site, they are connected with the young scientists via videoconferencing on a regular basis.
1. South Africa (i.e. registered at a public South African institution, irrespective of their nationality);
2. The Southern African Development Community
(SADC) (i.e. registered at an institution in a SADC country other than South Africa, irrespective of their nationality), or
3. IIASA member countries
(i.e. registered at an institution in an IIASA member country other than South Africa, irrespective of their nationality/being nationals of an IIASA member country other than South Africa, irrespective of the country of their registration.
1. Current registration for a doctoral (Ph.D) program.
2. Ability to work independently and to interact with other scientists.
3. Fluency in English and ability to communicate in a scientific environment.
4. Willingness to participate in a range of interdisciplinary scientific activities.
5. Commitment to completing to completing the SA-YSSP research by submitting a resultant manuscript to an international scientific journal.
Participants are expected to be resident at the University of the Free State for the SA-YSSP’s entire 3-month period and to engage in the necessary preparations and follow-up activities. With approval by the SA-YSSP supervisors, participants are allowed to take up to five days of leave for personal or professional reasons, potentially including the December holiday break. Participants must commit to the timely submission of their SA-YSSP research reports and to working towards submitting a resultant manuscript to an international scientific journal after the SA-YSSP.
How To Apply
to apply. Deadline for applications is September 1, 2013.
All the best!