uni:docs Fellowship for Doctoral Candidates

We are looking for motivated and ambitious junior researchers, who are excited about their scientific discipline but also for inspiration for thinking outside the box. We expect our CoBeNe PhD fellows to contribute to the ideas of the doctoral school, but we also provide numerous benefits and support for career development.

The uni:docs fellowship offers individual scholarships which aim at financing excellent doctoral candidates. Successful fellows are employed at the University of Vienna for a period of three years. The fellowship provides outstanding early stage researchers with conditions that allow them to focus exclusively on their research, to receive excellent hands-on research training from their supervisors, and to thus make substantial contributions to science.

For consideration, please apply electronically via our online application system and do not forget to upload the following documents not larger than 2 MB, and labelled "Your surname_motivation letter or CV or research proposal"). The motivation letter and research proposal are to be composed with font size 11 and 1.5 spacing.

·      Motivation letter (not longer than 3000 characters or 1 page)
·      Academic CV
·      Research proposal as described below (not longer than 15000 characters or 5 pages) + bibliography

Late, incorrect or incomplete applications are not considered.


Research Proposal

The research proposal is a description of the dissertation project regarding content and methodology. The application needs to be submitted in English. A research proposal for the uni:docs fellowship must include the following chapters: 

  1. Research field and current state of research
  2. Scientific goals and hypotheses
  3. Methodology, research approach and interdisciplinary aspects (if applicable)
  4. Workplan and estimated financial expenses (travels, material, etc)
  5. Bibliography 

Please note:  The research proposal must not be longer than 15000 characters or 5 pages (excluding the bibliography). The research proposal is to be composed with font size 11 and 1.5 spacing. After the deadline, the online submission is closed. Proposals that do not meet the formal criteria will be rejected without opportunity for corrections, after the online submission is closed.


Statement of the supervisor

After the online submission of your application, your supervisor will be automatically asked to submit a statement as well. This statement includes an evaluation of the candidate (ability to think critical, state of knowledge, social competences and ability to work in a team) as well as of the dissertation project (innovation, methodological standards, ...). 

Please note: Inform your supervisor early enough of your plans to apply for a uni:docs fellowship, and the duties this will involve for him or her. The supervisor’s statement has to be submitted online before the submission deadline. 


International peer-review

Every research proposal will be reviewed by at least one external reviewer (from outside the University of Vienna). In this process the scientific quality will be evaluated. Reviewers will be asked to assess the proposals according to following criteria: 

  • Innovation and expected scientific advance
  • Methodology and approach 
  • Feasibility of overall research program
  • Ambition and feasibility of interdisciplinary aspects
  • Ambition in training and education goals