Admission is based on a competitive examination of the applicants, guaranteeing a high level of quality. After a first screening of applications, shortlisted students will be contacted for interviews. Austrian residents will be invited for face-to-face interviews, applicants from abroad will have phone interviews. The outcome of the interviews forms the basis for the final acceptance.
Who Is Eligible?
The PhD School is open for national and international students (not limited to the European Union), with an objective of a 50% share of international students. The Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology invites applicants from all countries to its "Vienna PhD School of Informatics". Furthermore, a women's quota of at least 40% is intended (averaged over 3 years).
Qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given when equally qualified.
Applicants should have obtained a master's degree with distinction.
All deadlines and other important dates are available on the PhD School intro page.
General information about VISA / application for residence permit
Before travelling to Austria students might need to apply for a VISA / residence permit.
Please note that applications for VISA / residence permit have to be submitted to the Austrian consulate / embassy at least 3 - 4 months (the sooner the better) before the start of studies.
Therefore it is strongly recommended that applicants check the VISA requirements (documents) already during the application process. Ideally, students should be ready (having all required documents, certificates) to apply for VISA once they get the confirmation of acceptance.
Students who have been accepted to the programme have to arrive before the start of studies. Late arrivals can not be accepted.
English Language Proficiency
Non-native English speakers need to ensure that their English proficiency meets the PhD School's requirements. Therefore, candidates need to demonstrate an adequate level of English language that will enable them to benefit fully from their courses.
English Language Qualifications
The PhD School accepts the following tests/scores for English language qualifications:
- TOEFL score of at least 550 paper-based, 217 computer-based, or 81 internet-based.
- Please use the code number  when indicating our institution as a score recipient.
- IELTS score 6.0 or higher
- CAE score B or higher
These tests are NOT required of native English speakers, or if the primary language of instruction at the university attended was English.
Students with higher English scores (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 580/237/88, CAE A) will be preferred. However, command of the English language can be proven in many ways, depending on a student's prior education. In this case, any certificates, diplomas, etc. a student has obtained should be handed in as a part of the application documents. Nevertheless, the TOEFL/IELTS/CAE tests are strongly recommended for PhD School students.
Applicants' adequate level of English language will also be surveyed during the application interviews (see above). In case of insufficient language qualifications, students may hand in their certificates of English language proficiency by the end of the first study year.