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.



Public lecture by Paul Lazarsfeld Professor Sven-Oliver Proksch

“Government Rhetoric and the Representation of Public Opinion in International Negotiations”

30 May 2022, 17:00

Seminar room H/10, Rathausstraße 19, Hochparterre, 1010 Vienna


ViDSS Spring 2022 Call for Applications

The Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences offers 5 exciting doctoral positions, including this year’s sowi:docs fellowship positions. Join our vibrant research community!

Application period: 23 May–19 June 2022


Rising voices – social science interventions on controversial topics

We cordially invite you to celebrate the sowi:doc Awards 2020 and 2021 and the first two years of the ViDSS with us. Follow the panel discussion on communicating controversial research findings, get to know the award winners and join us for drinks and snacks!


Geringfügige Änderung des Curriculums

In den Zulassungsvoraussetzungen im Curriculum wurden geringfügige Änderungen durchgeführt, Stellungnahmen sind bis 10. Juni 2022 möglich.


Public lecture by Paul Lazarsfeld Professor Ching Kwan Lee

“How China rides the waves of crisis: Going global and going digital”

1 June 2022, 16:45–18:15

Lecture hall II, Universitätsstraße 7 (NIG), 1010 Vienna, Ground Floor


sowi:doc Completion Scholarship

For doctoral candidates in the final phase of their doctoral studies. Successful candidates receive € 1,200 per month for a maximum duration of six months.

Application period: 1–31 May 2022


Social and cultural anthropologist Anna Burdenski is spending ten months in Tasiilaq because she wants to understand life in the town. Read more about Anna’s fieldwork in East Greenland and how she contributes to building cooperation between the locals and international climate researchers. (Arctic Hub)


In the third episode of “Doctor It!”, Rasmus Wardemann talks to Lonneke Delpeut and Byeongsun Ahn about science communication. Listen in when our guests provide insights into their changing practices of disseminating research and discuss how Covid-19 has changed science communication.


(by Aleksandra Wojewska)

As the efforts toward a socio-ecological transformation intensify, the importance of electric vehicles will increase due to their lower emissions and reduced reliance on fossil fuels. However, the production of car batteries presents a sustainability contradiction ...


While it is well accepted that migration shapes society, the perception of this complex phenomenon is often shaped by clichéd images of migrants. Focusing on biographies, moving objects and different modes of expression, sociologist Faime Alpagu contributes to a comprehensive understanding of migration.


How do you teach what you do? And what are your resources and tools to master this task? In episode 2 of “Doctor it!”, we hear insights into this from PhD candidates Azade Kakavand and Cosimo Paravano.


Social and cultural anthropologist Marcela Torres Heredia highlights how colonial structures are still permeating our everyday lives and explains why we have to actively engage with silences and invisibilities to decolonise social structures and knowledge production. (polis aktuell, in German)


(by Brian Matthew Buh)

If you ask a 22-year-old if they want children, they are likely to say “maybe”. Not because they don’t imagine someday having a family, but because they have a lot to do before then. When we talk about starting a family we are actually talking about a series of events ...


Together with her colleagues, sociologist Petra Dirnberger presents the research project “Corona and Family Lives” which explores the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on parents and their families. (, in German)


ViDSS students and graduates from the doctoral programme in Social Sciences presented their doctoral thesis projects in a poster exhibition at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology. The posters are available online.