VDS CoBeNe Completion Grant

With the dissertation completion fellowships the VDS CoBeNe supports junior researchers of all disciplines in the last phase of their PhD. It is the aim of the fellowships that the PhD-projects should be finalized and submitted within the funding period of up to six months. For the moment and due to legal issues, we can accept only PhD candidates who never had a working contract with the Universität of Vienna. We would nevertheless also ask interested parties with a contract to contact us for a possible case-by-case assessment.

Timeframe: The online application is possible for the summer semester from January 15th to February 15th, for winter semester from August 15th to September 15th. Any month of the particular semester can be chosen as starting date of the fellowship.

Target Group: VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows in the finalization phase of their PhD (data collection should be done, publication writing proceeding). 


  • The completion and submission of the PhD-thesis should be expected within the duration of the fellowship of up to 6 to max. 12 months. 
  • Very good academic records (seminars, publications, conference presentations) 
  • A statement from your supervisor with his/her commitment to support your finalization phase
  • No former working contract from the University of Vienna ist accepted currently
  • Compliance with the regulations for PhD candidates (doctoral thesis agreement, all annual reports, and TACs)


Application documents: 

  • Research proposal of the PhD project with detailed information on the current stage of work and a timeline for the completion of the PhD, max. 10 pages. It has to be convincingly conveyed that the PhD-project can be completed within the duration of the fellowship (SECOND NAME, FIRST NAME__research proposal)

  • CV including list of publications, max. 3 pages (SECOND NAME, FIRST NAME__CV)

  • Support letter of your supervisor (SECOND NAME, FIRST NAME__support letter supervisor)

  • Transcript of records in one file (SECOND NAME, FIRST NAME__transcript of records)

  • Doctoral Thesis Agreement and all Annual Reports (SECOND NAME, FIRST NAME__thesis agreement and annual reports)


We would expect a completed online application form. The documents as pdf attachments to the online application form, not larger than 2 MB, have to be named: SECOND NAME, FIRST NAME_(document see in brackets above). All documents have to be written in 11 pt and 1,5 line spacing. Only complete applications will be considered for funding.

Amount: € 1.125 per month (insurance and university student fee is not included and needs to be paid by yourself)

Duration: until you submit your doctoral thesis - maximum up to 6 months 

Start: at any time given from you, within the forthcoming semester after the application (taking into account the processing time in the personnel department)

Interested candidates with previous contracts with the University should contact us for individual examination.