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.



sowi:doc Completion Scholarship

For doctoral candidates in the final phase of their doctoral studies. Successful candidates receive € 1,000 per month for a maximum duration of six months.

Application period: 1–31 May 2021


Grant Proposal Writing for Late PhDs and Early Postdocs in the Social Sciences

This workshop covers national and international funding opportunities for early postdocs with a particular focus on how to approach the application process with a social science background.

Monday, 15 March 2021, 09:00–14:30


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.

 PhD in the spotlight

(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 …

(by Noelle Lebernegg)

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)