The Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences promotes innovative, excellent, problem-oriented research that aspires to contribute to societal debates and address key global challenges.

The cohorts trained and supported by the ViDSS are part of a vibrant research environment and international networks. The ViDSS encompasses and fosters connections between a broad range of disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives. The ViDSS embraces the entire range of epistemological, methodological and theoretical approaches that are employed at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Doctoral candidates receive research training and write a doctoral thesis in the fields of communication, demography, development studies, nursing science, political science, science and technology studies, social and cultural anthropology, and sociology. The ViDSS aims for the highest standards in doctoral training and close supervision to ensure a mastery of social scientific debates and relevant theories and methods. As a result, ViDSS graduates are highly employable both within and outside academia.

 News

Activities
 

Are you interested in inviting an international guest speaker?

Suggest a ViDSS International Workshop! ViDSS International Workshops are initiated by students and provide methodological training and international networking opportunities for doctoral candidates in the social sciences at the University of Vienna.

Activities
 

Get involved: PhD Clubs

The ViDSS aims at increasing the interaction between students within and across departments through supporting PhD Clubs. From the “Anthropology Club” to the “#Youth, #Education PhD Club” – join existing initiatives or start new ones!

Funding
 

ViDSS Final Year Fund 2021

With the Final Year Fund, the ViDSS supports doctoral candidates during the final year of the doctoral studies. ViDSS students can apply for a maximum amount of € 750 for proofreading and printing costs or expenses related to self-organised workshops or conference participation.

 PhD in the spotlight

Press
 

Sociologist Mirwais Wakil about the role of the European Union in shaping the future of Afghanistan and what everyone can do to support people from Afghanistan in the current situation (derstandard.at, in German)

sowi:docs Fellows
 

We warmly welcome our five new sowi:docs Fellows! Their projects cover the discursive construction of racism, the restrictive refugee policies in Austria and the U.S., uneven development in global value chains, marine biodiversity negotiations and online political microtargeting.

Blog
 

(by Hamza Amin)

“We need a free media, not just freedom of speech.” – Tom Scholz. Being an avid consumer of news media, the fundamental idea behind this quote motivated me to leave the field of business administration and enrol on the master’s programme in Global Media and Communication at the...

Award winners
 

The Impact.Award is awarded for outstanding dissertation projects with the potential to reach target groups outside the scientific community and to achieve social, cultural or economic added value. This year, ViDSS students Faime Alpagu and Wanda Spahl are among the prize winners. Congratulations!

Video
 

Reports on the coronavirus as a Chinese bioweapon or the ‘Pizzagate’ theory demonstrate that fake news is one of the most widely discussed topics in political communication. Jana Laura Egelhofer takes a closer look at the current debate surrounding the term ‘fake news’.

Award winners
 

Social and cultural anthropologist Catherine Raya Polishchuk co-authored the essay “Inspecting temporality” which won the second prize in the essay competition “What can science achieve during pandemics?”. Congratulations!