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.





Are you interested in inviting an international guest speaker?

Suggest a ViDSS International Workshop! ViDSS International Workshops are initiated by students and provide methodological training and international networking opportunities for doctoral candidates in the social sciences at the University of Vienna.


ViDSS Final Year Fund 2022

With the Final Year Fund, the ViDSS supports doctoral candidates during the final year of the doctoral studies. ViDSS students can apply for a maximum amount of € 750 for proofreading and printing costs or expenses related to self-organised workshops or conference participation.


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!


COVID-19 led to frustration among many PhDs. Archives were closed, summer schools got postponed and small talk at online conferences turned out to be a truly difficult task. In episode 6 of “Doctor it!”, our host Aayu KC discusses with Martin Pokorny and Angelina Illes how setbacks can nevertheless be seen as an opportunity to grow.

Fellowship and award winners

Political scientist Magdalena Eitenberger and sociologist Clara Holzinger were awarded the Theodor Körner Förderpreis for their doctoral thesis projects on technologising care in chronic illness (Eitenberger) and migration-related linguistic heterogeneity (Holzinger). Congratulations!


Laura Bomm (Science and Technology Studies) presents the discussion game that she recently created for the ScienceCenter-Netzwerk. The game is inspired by a citizen engagement method that she developed together with colleagues earlier in her PhD and will accompany the Ocean Eye Escape Box on its journey through Austria.


(by Ruth Falkenberg)

I have been lying in bed with Long Covid for nearly three months now. Even small tasks are incredibly exhausting for me. I have constant pains, and I am basically unable to continue my PhD, which I would so much like to move forward. This is not what this short piece is about, but I want to disclose ...

Fellowship and award winners

Sociologist Faime Alpagu was awarded the “Forschungspreis Integration” for her dissertation entitled “Migration Narratives Juxtaposed: A Sociological Analysis of Biographies, Photos and (Audio) Letters of ‘Guest Workers’ from Turkey living in Austria”. Congratulations!


In the first episode after the summer break, “Doctor it!” explores how to organise and make the most of a research stay abroad. Listen in when Eline Castelijns and Aleksandar Ranković talk about their experiences and discuss why researchers often only realise the value of their findings when they are back home.

Fellowship and award winners

Communicatoin scientist Jana Egelhofer was awarded the “Staatspreis für die besten Dissertationen” (Award of Excellence) for her doctoral thesis entitled “I don’t like it – let’s call it ‘fake’ – The content and consequences of the Fake News Debate”. Congratulations!


The Corona crisis has shown: Nurses keep our health system running; and although Austria has the highest hospital bed density, the number of nursing staff is low. Ana Cartaxo from the Department of Nursing Science is investigating this discrepancy in her PhD project.

Fellowship and award winners

For the paper “Silent sympathy: News attention, subtle support for far-right extremism, and negative attitudes toward Muslims”, Helena Knupfer and Ruta Kaskeleviciute were awarded the First Place Faculty Paper Award 2022 from the Religion & Media Interest Group (AEJMC). The paper was co-authored with Jörg Matthes.

New publications by ViDSS students

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Methodische Grundlagen und Forschungsdesign der Studie. / Wöhrer, Veronika; Vogl, Susanne; Schels, Brigitte Katrin; Mataloni, Barbara; Malschinger, Paul; Astleithner, Franz.

Junge Menschen gehen ihren Weg. Längsschnittanalysen über Jugendliche nach der Neuen Mittelschule. ed. / Veronika Wöhrer; Jörg Flecker; Brigitte Schels. 1. ed. Göttingen : V&R unipress, Vienna University Press, 2023. p. 29-56.

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Zukunftsorientierungen von Mädchen und Jungen nach Abschluss der NMS. / Malschinger, Paul; Schels, Brigitte Katrin.

Junge Menschen gehen ihren Weg. Längsschnittanalysen über Jugendliche nach der Neuen Mittelschule. ed. / Veronika Wöhrer; Jörg Flecker; Brigitte Schels. 1. ed. Göttingen : V&R unipress, Vienna University Press, 2023. p. 153-172.

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Constructing Discourses on (Un)truthfulness : Attributions of Reality, Misinformation, and Disinformation by Politicians in a Comparative Social Media Setting . / Hameleers, Michael (Corresponding author); Minihold, Sophie.

In: Communication Research (CR), Vol. 49, No. 8, 12.2022, p. 1176-1199.

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Doctor it! Episode 6: Overcoming setbacks as a PhD. Riegler, Nadine (Editorial Journalist); Pokorny, Martin (Interviewee); Zogu, Giorgia (Editorial Journalist); Wardemann, Rasmus Kvaal (Editorial Journalist); Bumann, Ninja (Editorial Journalist); Illes, Angelina (Interviewee); Kc, Aayushma (Editorial Journalist); Ströhm, Bernd Christoph (Editorial Journalist). 2022.

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How partisanship matters: A panel study on the democratic outcomes of perceived dirty campaigning. / Reiter, Franz; Matthes, Jörg.

In: Politics and Governance, Vol. 10, No. 4, 17.11.2022.

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Data solidarity: a blueprint for governing health futures. / Prainsack, Barbara; El-Sayed, Seliem; Forgó, Nikolaus; Szoszkiewicz, Łukasz ; Baumer, Philipp.

In: The Lancet. Digital Health, Vol. 4, No. 11, 01.11.2022, p. e773-e774.

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Liveability under shrinkage: initiatives in the ‘capital of pessimism’ in Finland. / Adams, Ria-Maria; Bolotova, Alla; Alasalmi, Ville.

In: European Planning Studies, 11.10.2022.

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Global Female Future : „Wir versammeln feministische Stimmen aus der ganzen Welt im Kampf um Gerechtigkeit.“. / Torres Heredia, Jenny Marcela.

Global Female Future: „Wir versammeln feministische Stimmen aus der ganzen Welt im Kampf um Gerechtigkeit.“. Wien : Kremayr & Scheriau, 2022.

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Luck and the ‘situations’ of research. / Davies, Sarah; Pham, Bao-Chau.

In: Social Studies of Science, 10.2022.

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