How to become a ViDSS student

The ViDSS invites applications by students who are dedicated to their research and academic life. To join the ViDSS, doctoral candidates need to find a supervisor who is a member of the ViDSS and enrol in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences at the University of Vienna. ViDSS candidates consent to the Code of Good Practice for Doctoral Schools and actively participate in the activities organised by the ViDSS.

Admission to the ViDSS for funded doctoral candidates

The ViDSS regularly announces doctoral positions on its website that are either positions funded by the sowi:doc Fellowship Programme or assistant or third-party funded positions under the supervision of a member of the ViDSS. If you are selected for one of these positions, you join the ViDSS as student member as soon as you hold your position and have completed the admission to the doctoral programme. You can submit the ViDSS online application form as soon as you have submitted the documents for the admission to the doctoral programme.

If you obtain a funded position under the supervision of a member of the ViDSS that was announced before the establishment of the doctoral school (October 2020), you can join the ViDSS by submitting the online application form. No additional admission procedure is necessary.

For candidates who have not yet successfully passed the public presentation at the Faculty, membership in the ViDSS will initially be temporary for nine months, after which they should complete the public presentation at the Faculty. The ViDSS steering committee may extend this deadline by up to three months.

Admission to the ViDSS for self-funded doctoral candidates

Other doctoral candidates enrolled in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences can be admitted to the ViDSS as student members if they have at least one supervisor who is a member of the ViDSS. If you have already successfully passed your public presentation at the Faculty and concluded the doctoral thesis agreement (see the rules and regulations of the doctoral programme), you can join the ViDSS by submitting the online application form. No additional admission procedure is necessary. If you are enrolled in the doctoral programme in Social Sciences and have not yet successfully passed the public presentation at the Faculty, admission to the ViDSS involves short interviews with the speaker and selected members of the steering committee or the respective disciplinary doctoral advisory board. Interviews are organised twice a year and cover the candidate’s motivation for and possibilities of actively participating in the doctoral school. Please submit the online application form. We will contact you regarding the interview.

For candidates who have not yet successfully passed the public presentation at the Faculty, membership in the ViDSS will initially be temporary for nine months, after which they should complete the public presentation at the Faculty. The ViDSS steering committee may extend this deadline by up to three months.

Activities, funding programmes and prizes organised by the ViDSS 

ViDSS candidates benefit from the supervisory structure of the doctoral school, take part in cohort-related activities and can apply for additional funding for research and travel expenses.

All student members of the ViDSS regularly submit progress reports (see the rules and regulations of the doctoral programme) and participate regularly, at least once per year on average, in the events of the ViDSS (kick off retreat, international workshops, etc.). Student members are also expected to join a PhD club – disciplinary or thematic groups of doctoral candidates who meet monthly to discuss their work in progress – and present their work in the form of a brown bag lecture at least once during the first three years of their doctoral studies. Regular attendance is suspended during research stays outside of Vienna.

Candidates who comply with regular submission of progress reports and participation in the ViDSS activities have the opportunity to apply for research funds and the sowi:doc Completion Scholarship. Please also consult the overview of activities and funding programmes organised by the ViDSS.

 FAQs

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Do all doctoral candidates have to join the ViDSS?
Did the curriculum or the admission to the doctoral programme change due to the establishment of the ViDSS?
I have questions about my application for admission to the doctoral programme in Social Sciences. Can the ViDSS administration team help me to submit my application for admission to the doctoral programme?
I have submitted the documents for the admission to the doctoral programme. Can I already apply for admission to the ViDSS?
I have a funded doctoral position outside of the University of Vienna and I am supervised by a member of the ViDSS. I have not yet successfully passed the public presentation at the Faculty. Can I join the ViDSS without any additional admission procedure?
I am a doctoral candidate and a lecturer at the University of Vienna. Is a teaching assignment considered to be a funded doctoral position?
None of my supervisors is on the list. Can I join the ViDSS?
I am already at an advanced stage of my doctoral research. Does it make sense for me to join the ViDSS?
I do already take part in activities similar to the ones planned by the ViDSS. Do I have to participate in additional activities?
Can a doctoral candidate apply for funds provided by the ViDSS although they have already obtained funds from other sources, such as extra money from a funded position at one of the Faculty’s departments?
How long can a doctoral candidate participate in the ViDSS?