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 ViDSS are part of a vibrant research environment and international networks. ViDSS encompasses and fosters connections between a broad range of disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives. 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. 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 officially starts on 1 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).

Open positions

sowi:docs Fellowship Programme

Next deadline for applications: 1 June 2020–12 July 2020


Call: sowi:doc Awards 2020

The Faculty of Social Sciences asks supervisors to each nominate no more than two excellent doctoral theses by 11 September 2020.

 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)