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The Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences is one of the top destinations for ambitious and highly qualified doctoral candidates in the social sciences. The ViDSS focuses on supporting excellent research through close supervision, cohort integration and different funding programmes.

Hannah Greber, ViDSS student in communication (© Angelika Felder)



Being a member of the ViDSS has meant for me to be able to participate in winter schools and receive books that I did not have access to, because the Doctoral School provided me with financial support. However, what I appreciate most about the ViDSS is the possibility to start our own PhD Club, in which we can connect to other students working on similar issues and invite guests to hold research talks.

The ViDSS provides possibilities for students to share their positive as well as negative experiences with other PhD students within and outside the Doctoral School. Especially in times like this, when you can hardly meet in person, there is a need for support and solidarity between doctoral students. Support measures such as the #Youth #Education PhD Club offer a platform that enables students to exchange knowledge and experiences.

Ralph Chan, ViDSS student in sociology (© Ralph Chan)



ViDSS student Vera Ulmer is based at the Department of Science and Technology Studies (© Georg Herder)

Being a member of ViDSS has allowed me to participate in the Winter Writing School, among other things. The exchanges with other PhDs, both from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies, as well as writing together in the monastery, were very enriching experiences. In addition, I would also like to express a big thank you to Eva Kössner and Roman Pfefferle, who are immensely helpful and supportive, making the organisational aspects of the doctoral programme easier.