ISTernship summer program Austria-2021

Outstanding bachelor’s and master’s students can join ISTernship summer program Austria (IST) Austria in the ISTernship program. Students who are interested in basic research in the fields of biologycomputer sciencedata sciencemathematicsphysicsneuroscience and interdisciplinary areas, are encouraged to apply.

The ISTernship (“IST-” + “(int)ernship“) is a summer internship program for bachelor’s and master’s students who are looking to expand their scientific research experience. Every summer since 2013, roughly 30-40 students join the ISTernship program and work closely with our faculty or a lab member on a short research project.

As part of the application, prospective interns choose a group to work in, and successful applicants agree on a research project with the group leader.

Upon arrival, ISTerns receive an introduction to research at IST Austria as well as an introduction to the IST Austria Graduate School. The program culminates with a research symposium, where ISTerns present their work to peers, faculty and lab mentors.

Internships are full-time and will be conducted exclusively in English.

Eligibility Status

Candidates must be enrolled Bachelor- or Master of Science students (or similar) in good standing at a degree granting institution. They must have completed at least the fourth semester of their bachelor’s studies (before the respective start date).

Given the uncertainty around the COVID pandemic, the 2021 ISTernship call will be open to students located in Europe only.

Candidates need to be a national of and/or have a legal residence in one of the countries listed below from May 1, 2021:

Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom


2-3 months between May 15 and September 15. Exact dates and length are decided together with the supervisor.


The application deadline for the 2021 ISTernship is March, 2021.

For more detailed information about the application, see the ISTernship FAQ.


We ask you to upload the following documents to the application portal:

  • CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • University transcripts and diplomas of all degree programs and all years you have attended and/or are currently enrolled in (we recommend to submit these in the original language as well as in English)
  • Contact information of 1 or 2 referees


Successful applicants receive assistance with travel and visa arrangements.

Each successful candidate receives compensation to assist with the cost of living in Austria and travel to and from Austria.


ISTerns receive a monthly compensation. The ISTernship program is developed in cooperation with the OeAD, the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research.

The OeAD handles the scholarship payments for a period of up to 3 months between May 15 and September 15.

Successful applicants receive assistance with travel and visa arrangements.


Austria has a statutory social security system; this means that you will have access to health insurance as soon as you start your ISTernship program at IST Austria.

More about Health.


You can choose to live on campus in the IST Austria – owned and –operated apartments. This is a great way to connect with the campus community outside of labs and classrooms.

Single students as well as couples/families are welcome to stay in one of our over 100 residences.

More about Housing at IST Austria.


There are a number of events either specifically organized for ISTerns or open to ISTerns aimed at making their time at IST Austria as valuable as possible.

  • Weekly presentations providing short overviews of the research conducted in groups at IST Austria given by the relevant professors or their Postdocs (July & August).
  • Invitation to the annual IST Austria barbeque (June).
  • Annual poster session in which ISTerns prepare a poster detailing their research project at IST Austria (August).

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