Research proposal and Pre-screening for PhD projects

The research proposal plays a major role when planning your research. It is a thematically, theoretically and methodologically concise description of your doctoral thesis project and should not exceed 4,000 words (excluding references).

Guidelines (in English and German)

Guidelines for writing a doctoral research proposal for the public presentation at the Faculty and evaluation criteria, Social Sciences Directorate of Doctoral Studies (Directorate of Studies 40), as of 19 January 2023

Richtlinien für das Verfassen eines Exposés für die fakultätsöffentliche Präsentation und Beurteilungskriterien, Studienprogrammleitung Doktoratsstudium Sozialwissenschaften (SPL 40), Stand: 19. Jänner 2023

Doctoral candidates in the social sciences have to conduct the Research Ethics Pre-screening for PhD projects before registering for the public presentation at the Faculty. The Pre-screening is an online self-assessment during which doctoral candidates have to answer a set of questions about their doctoral thesis project and submit a short ethical reflection (max. 2,500 characters). Please note that you have to login with your u:account UserID and your u:account password to access the Pre-screening.


Introduction Course

The Directorate of Doctoral Studies offers the introduction course From Research Idea to a Successful Public Presentation. The course is dedicated to the preparation of a research proposal and its public presentation to the Faculty.

ViDSS activities: Peer mentoring for the FÖP

The ViDSS offers a mentoring programme aimed at supporting doctoral candidates in writing their research proposals and preparing for the public presentation at the Faculty.