sowi:docs is the doctoral fellowship programme of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences (ViDSS). sowi:docs fellowships give outstanding doctoral candidates in the social sciences the opportunity to devote full-time effort to their research and to writing their doctoral thesis in the vibrant research environment of ViDSS. We welcome applications in the fields of communication science, demography, development studies, nursing studies, political science, science and technology studies, social and cultural anthropology, and sociology.
The sowi:docs Fellowship Programme aims at recruiting the best candidates. All candidates are in direct competition with each other, regardless of their fields of research. Applicants must provide a letter of reference from their doctoral supervisor, a CV indicating their above-average qualifications in the discipline in which they intend to write their doctoral thesis and a research proposal, which is forwarded to international experts for review.
The funding period of the sowi:docs Fellowship Programme is three years. An extension of the funding period is not possible. sowi:docs fellows are employed with the University of Vienna for 30h/week according to the applicable collective bargaining agreement. They are members of the academic staff and enjoy all rights and duties that come with such a position. sowi:docs fellows can apply for additional funding for research and travel expenses after the successful public presentation of their intended doctoral project at the Faculty of Social Sciences, which takes place in the first year.
sowi:docs fellows are enrolled on the doctoral programme in Social Sciences at the University of Vienna and become members of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences. As ViDSS students, fellows actively participate in the activities organised by the doctoral school and complete the milestones of the doctoral programme throughout their doctoral studies.
Applicants need at least one supervisor employed with the Faculty of Social Sciences who is working in the subject area of the planned thesis and who is a member of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences. It is a requirement that the relevant supervisor has already accepted the applicant as a doctoral candidate when they submit their application.
Applicants do not necessarily have to be enrolled on the doctoral programme at the University of Vienna when they submit their application. However, they have to be granted admission in the winter semester of 2020/2021. If the applicant is already a doctoral candidate in the Social Sciences at the University of Vienna, they must have been admitted no earlier than in the summer semester of 2018. Applicants who have already been working on their doctoral thesis in a funded position for more than two years (at the University of Vienna or elsewhere) are not eligible for a sowi:docs fellowship.
sowi:docs fellows must comply with the rules and regulations for passing the public presentation at the Faculty and for concluding the doctoral thesis agreement with their supervisor/s as specified in ViDSS.
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