Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)

 The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is a multidisciplinary research institution dedicated to cutting-edge basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. The Institute is located in the city of Klosterneuburg, 18 km from the center of Vienna. The graduate school of IST Austria educates doctoral students from around the world. IST Austria was established jointly by the federal government of Austria and the provincial government of Lower Austria and inaugurated in 2009. At the beginning of 2015, 35 professors and approx.  450 employees from over 50 different countries will work on campus aiming at 90 research groups by 2026. The first President of the Institute is Thomas A. Henzinger, a computer scientist and former professor of the University of California at Berkeley and the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

One multi-disciplinary Graduate School
IST Austria offers one single joint graduate program for all PhD students. The graduate school trains a new generation of researchers who are able to approach scientific questions from different angles and are fluent in the languages of both the experimental sciences and the analytical sciences.

The PhD program is divided into two phases. During the first phase, students carry out projects with three different research groups and attend courses from the entire range of scientific fields represented at IST Austria. After a qualifying exam, students enter the second phase of the program, during which they focus on research towards a doctoral thesis. After a successful thesis defense, the student receives a PhD degree from IST Austria.

The annual application deadline to the program is January 15. The program starts the following September 15.