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 science, 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.

The Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences will officially start on 1 October 2020.



Our research in public spaces: An introduction to research communication

Half-day workshop with Sarah Davies on 6 October 2020


Doctoral Schools – miteinander oder gegeneinander?

Student representative Martin Pokorny talks about the Faculty-wide discussions which have led to the establishment of ViDSS (in German).


Writing your doctoral thesis

Four-part coaching for doctoral candidates in the social sciences

 PhD in the spotlight

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...

Elena Šimukovič (science and technology studies) spent one year in Leiden and Den Haag (in German)

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)