VDS CoBeNe PhD Process

This information is designed to help you in orientation if you intend to study at the University of Vienna in the fields of Cognition, Behavior, and Neuroscience - from Biology to Psychology and the Humanities. It is particularly helpful to those who wish to acquaint themselves with the rules of the program, how to enroll at the University of Vienna and it also gives guidance on the official forms and procedures.

1st Step: Getting a PhD position

Usually you will achieve a PhD position at the University of Vienna in a competitive assessment, either through one of our advertised and topically open VDS CoBeNe uni:docs calls, or through one of the individual PhD calls specified by the responsible group leader. As another option you bring your own funding, e.g. from your home institution, government or private sponsors. In any case, you first have to get accepted by a group leader/supervisor from the VDS CoBeNe faculty.

2nd Step: Admission to the University of Vienna

For application, you must hold a master's degree (or similar) in the intended field of research (or closely related). With your online application via u:space, you will select a matching curriculum and field of doctoral research, here you can find relevant information about objectives, qualification profiles, entry requirements and ECTS needed within the program. Please note, that the suggested study programme 54 (Psychology, Cognition, Behavior, and Neuroscience Directorate of Doctoral Studies) is NOT identical with the doctoral school, but a prerequisite to become VDS CoBeNe PhD member.

Your application will be reviewed by the responsible Directors of Doctoral Studies Program (DSPL), please note that the processing can take several weeks. The online application is possible throughout the year. 

3rd Step: Getting connected with VDS CoBeNe

To become a full VDS CoBeNe PhD member, we will guide you to the most important cornerstones of the doctoral school. To become eligible, you need to fill out an online registration form and agree to the VDS CoBeNe Code of Good Practice.

4th Step: Processing your PhD

  1. Your group leader/supervisor will introduce you to her/his institute/department, working group and facility
  2. The University Vienna offers Welcome days for PhDs.
    They take place at the beginning of each winter and summer semester. At this event you will receive important information concerning the doctorate, make first contacts with established researchers and peers, and get to know the University of Vienna. 
  3. Get an appointment at the VDS CoBeNe office and have an individual chat with the officer. Here you can clarify if all your information is handed in, and what your next steps will be. 
  4. Within a year you are ready for your first Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting, your Research Proposal, your Public Presentation (FÖP) of your intended doctoral project and the signing of a Doctoral Thesis Agreement. The annual TAC meeting you will organize all by the PhD candidate, for the research proposal, the public presentation and the doctoral thesis agreement, pls. download the forms, fill out and send by email to vds.cobene@univie.ac.at. (in case of Biology or Molecular Biology as field of your doctoral research) or to ssc.psychologie@univie.ac.at (in case of Psychology or any other field of your doctoral research).
  5. Also annual Progress Reports are expected. They can come together with your TAC meeting or shifted. Pls. download the form, sign together with your supervisor and send by email to vds.cobene@univie.ac.at. or to ssc.psychologie@univie.ac.at. (see above). 
  6. For your active participation at a conference or a lab visit (talk or poster presentation) you can get external credits up to 4 ECTS. Send us your poster presentation (not larger than 2 MB), the announcement (cover) of the conference including time and place, or a confirmation of your participation from the organizer, together with your annual progress report to vds.cobene@univie.ac.at. or to ssc.psychologie@univie.ac.at. (see above). 
  7. Write a Doctoral Thesis which demonstrates your ability to master academic topics independently.
  8. For finalization and defense you will address SSC Life Sciences/SSC Psychology for handing in your written thesis to external reviewers, the nomination of your thesis committee and finally your registration for the oral defense. For this step you have to send all necessary forms to the relevant SSC (ssc.lebenswissenschaften@univie.ac.at / ssc.psychologie@univie.ac.at).