Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences

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.



Research Talk by Paul Lazarsfeld Professor Bert N. Bakker

“Attitudes and perceptions about questionable and open research practices among quantitative communication Research”

Department of Communication

17 December 2020, 13:00

Open positions

sowi:docs Fellowship Programme 2021

Application period: 14 December 2020–31 January 2021

Info session: 1 December 2020, 10:00–12:30

We are looking forward to your applications!


sowi:doc Awards 2020

The sowi:doc Awards for the academic year 2019/2020 are awarded to Alice Binder, Andreas Kranebitter and Julia Carolin Sachseder. Congratulations!

 PhD in the spotlight

The first sowi:docs fellows will soon start their doctoral positions. Their projects cover welfare policy institutions in Europe, prison officer training in Ghana, complex nursing interventions and ‘deepfakes’ in democracies.

The current crisis has changed our everyday lives fundamentally, and many western democracies find themselves in situations unlike anything since the Second World War. However, most experts agree, to be able to return to some form of normality …

Social and cultural anthropologist Sigrid Wenzel talks about her doctoral project on human-infrastructure relations in the context of a newly constructed railroad line (in German)