• Welcome to
    ISTA Graduate School

    The Graduate School Office (GSO) at ISTA provides support, development opportunities, funding and advocacy for current and prospective PhD students.

    About Us
    ISTA Campus

  • 7 TRACKS of Scientific Study

    Explore, learn, and grow within our six research tracks led by outstanding scientists

    Chemistry & Materials
    Computer Science
    Data Science & Scientific Computing

    Discover our study tracks videos

  • Join ISTA

    • Fully-funded PhD & intern positions
    • Interdisciplinary program
    • Cutting-edge research
    • BSc & MSc students eligible to apply
    • English-taught program
    • International community
    • Modern facilities
    • Support & development services


    Why ISTA

  • Information for visitors and PhD applicants


    A cyberattack in late October/early November has affected all ISTA IT infrastructure, including the PhD website and the PhD application portal.

    Please bear with us as we update all sections of the PhD website.

    PhD Applicants


Our program uniquely fosters, excites and educates students through broad, curiosity-driven research.

Our PhD students’ and faculty’s dedication to excellence and innovation shapes the future of science.


  • Unparalleled Research
  • Pioneers of Science as Faculty
  • Student-Centered Approach
  • Interdisciplinary Program

Get to know our research groups


Meet our PhD Students

Claudia Espinoza


A new virtual campus tour available!

Watch the video to get an idea of what it is like to do research at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria – ISTA.


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ISTA Instagram: check our latest stories! Take a look at the real student life at the institute captured and shared by our students taking over our Instagram account.


The ISTernship Research Experience

Three ISTerns share their unique experience at ISTA.

Join the ISTernship summer program and gain hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects!

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Frozen: Cutting-edge technology reveals structures within cells

New methods enable scientists at ISTA to take a look at the innermost of cells: high-resolution images of deep-frozen cells show structures that previously could only be guessed at.

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