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.

 PhD in the spotlight

Political scientist Wanda Spahl conducts research on the health needs of refugees and investigates whether and how these needs are met. With her research, she aims to find ways to provide solutions for those who have struggles to use their rights for health care. (German with English subtitles)

(by Stefan F.* Ossmann)

Polyamory – understood as a consensual relationship between more than two people based on emotional love and intimate acts over a longer period of time – is on the rise. The topic appeared, academically and socially, in the mid-1990s. However, it was not until 2007 …

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



ViDSS Research Funds

The ViDSS provides financial support to active student members during the research phase of their doctoral thesis projects. ViDSS students can apply for a maximum amount of € 750 per year for three years as of the semester in which the FÖP has been passed successfully.


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!


International scientific advisory board

We’re pleased to announce that the SAB of the ViDSS has been set up: W. Lance Bennett, Catherine Lyall, Alessandro Monsutti and Jessica Taylor Piotrowski will advise the speaker and the steering committee on the profile and organisational development of the Doctoral School.