Doctoral Fellowship Programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
financed by the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy, additional funding comes from the City of Vienna and the Province of Styria
The Austrian Academy offers DOC fellowships for the promotion of junior scientists.
These are intended to allow recipients to devote their time solely to their scientific work, thus enabling them to complete their doctoral thesis within a definable period of time.
DOC fellowships offer doctoral candidates the possibility to get the right qualifications for an academic career, that is, to improve their academic qualifications in academic and non-academic fields, increase their capacity to compete internationally or to be involved in international research programs and projects (if necessary, by staying at research institutions in Austria or abroad).
DOC fellowships are designed to increase Austria's scientific potential and to appeal to female doctoral candidates in particular.
Eligibility and Application Requirements
- Doctoral students from all fields of science are invited to apply who meet the following criteria: applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program at an Austrian university,
- they must meet the requirements for enrolling in a PhD program at the respective Austrian university,
- they must have received their degree (Diplom/Master) no longer than two years before the year of application.
Exceptions will be made for applicants who interrupted their scientific work for child care (up to 3 years) or for persons providing proof of military or alternative national service. In these cases, applicants should contact the Office of Awards and Fellowships of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Applicants who have completed their studies within the prescribed minimum length of study and passed their final examination with distinction, are considered favorably in the review process.
It is possible for fellowship recipients to spend up to 12 months at a research institution abroad.
It is also possible for fellowship recipients to undertake their doctoral thesis within a cotutelle-de-thèse program according to an agreement between an Austrian university and a university abroad.
Applicants, who must be highly qualified, are required to submit a research proposal, a reference letter from their supervisor, and certificates ensuring that required facilities for the research project are available, as well as a short description of the chosen institutions of research.
Duration of Funding
DOC fellowships are granted for a minimum of 24 and a maximum of 36 months duration.
Recipients providing proof of care for at least one child under the age of seven (e.g. single parents) may apply for a part-time fellowship. In that case, the duration of the fellowship will be extended (not more than half the duration granted).
After the first half of the duration of the fellowship and at the end of the fellowship, recipients have to present detailed work records.
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