2019 IIASA-NERC Collaborative Research Fellowships

Call opening on 3 June 2019

Closing at 16:00 on 7 August 2019

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and NERC Collaborative Research Fellowships programme will provide three years of support for promising early career researchers to deliver challenging research and support the development of long-term collaborative working relationships between the UK and IIASA research communities.

Fellows will be expected to spend their time equally between their UK research organisation and IIASA over the lifetime of their award. In addition to completing a programme of research linked to the remits of both NERC and IIASA, fellows will be required to undertake network-building activities to establish sustainable, collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships between UK and IIASA researchers. Fellows are to be supported in these activities by a senior researcher who will act as both mentor to the fellow and help to facilitate network-building activities.


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 timeframes.


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 from March 2020 to June 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).

How to apply

Please see the Announcement of Opportunity below for full details of this call.

Announcement of opportunity (PDF, 413KB)


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