Admission to the doctoral programme

Applicants for the doctoral programme in Social Sciences have to undergo an admission procedure that assesses whether the applicant fulfils all the qualitative entry requirements for the doctoral programme in Social Sciences.

The assessment of the applicants’ qualifications is based on the following criteria:

  • Adequate subject-specific and methodological expertise with regard to the intended doctoral programme and the intended field of doctoral research.
  • Motivation and academic potential to undertake the intended academic work, and compatibility of the intended doctoral project with a current research area at the University.


For the assessment of these criteria, applicants have to provide the following application documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and evidence of previous professional experience, e.g. research activities, provided that this is a special qualification required for the intended doctoral project.
  2. Letter of motivation describing the applicant’s personal eligibility for a doctoral programme in Social Sciences in one of the fields of doctoral research at the University of Vienna stated above.
  3. Description of the intended doctoral project and the planned link to research at the University of Vienna in the intended field of doctoral research.
  4. Written indication by a member of the Faculty/Centre who is allowed to supervise a doctoral thesis which states their willingness to supervise the doctoral project in question according to the stipulations in the section of the University’s Statutes governing university studies. This indication does not replace the supervisor’s confirmation of supervision or the approval of the doctoral project by the competent body responsible for study matters. If the applicant can demonstrate a compelling reason, the applicant does not have to submit such an indication.


If the written documents are insufficient for reaching a positive or negative decision on the fulfilment of the qualitative admission requirements, the competent body responsible for study matters may interview the applicant. The use of video conferencing systems and similar communication media is permissible subject to the verification of the applicant’s identity without any doubt.

You will be notified about possible stipulations in the admission letter. A seperate admission to a bachelor/master programme to participate in the required courses is not necessary. Please note: Required stipulations need to be passed before the public presentation at the Faculty.

Applications for admission to the doctoral programme in Social Sciences have to be submitted to the service unit Research Services and Career Development.