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Call for Applications-The Vienna PhD School of Informatics, Austria


The Vienna PhD School of Informatics involves an intense period of supervised study and research, culminating in the submission of a thesis. The duration of the PhD School is three years. The degree is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in their field of specialisation.

The PhD School at Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) admits no more than 15 PhD
students per year. Among the admitted students, some may receive a scholarship (subject to budgetary constraints). This decision is taken separately. No tuition fees have to be paid by students of the PhD School. The first study year of the PhD School started in October 2009.

The PhD School’s curriculum covers the main research areas of the Faculty of Informatics. In addition, it may also imply cooperation with other TU Vienna faculties. The school is designed to facilitate the integration of industry, either by defining joint research issues, by offering workplaces (with well-defined research related tasks) during summer breaks, or by sponsoring.

TU Vienna aims at positioning this PhD School of Informatics at a high level of excellence within the international community. The vision is to increase both the quality and the quantity of excellent young researchers in the field of informatics.


The Vienna PhD School of Informatics is widely varied in the sense that it covers the main research areas of the Faculty of Informatics, and is not specifically related to one single research topic.

The PhD school intends to generate scientists who…

  • have broad knowledge and expertise in the domain (breadth) as well as contribute to the development of the sciences (depth) through autonomous research,
  • gain new scientific insight and present this comprehensively,
  • gain the ability to solve complex scientific problems in both fundamental and applied research at a high international level according to accepted scientific standards.

A curriculum for doctoral studies of this kind is atypical for Austrian Universities. In Austria, doctoral students traditionally have fewer courses (with less curriculum structure). This PhD curriculum contains more courses, which are structured around the faculty’s research areas. The student’s personal responsibility and commitment to pursuing research is an important prerequisite for a successful PhD thesis.

The objective of this PhD curriculum is to provide an environment that encourages students to contribute to the advancement of technology through independent creative research. One objective of doing a doctoral degree is to become an independent researcher, capable of generating, pursuing and communicating novel research ideas. Therefore, students will become involved in research activities as soon as possible.


A selection of the admitted students may receive a scholarship amounting to EUR 1,000 per month to cover the cost of living (subject to budgetary constraints).

Scholarships for the Vienna PhD School of Informatics are available for Austrian as well as international students. Students working at TU Vienna are encouraged to apply, up to a defined number. However, they are excluded from funding.


The school is designed as an international one, inviting applications world-wide. All courses are held in English. Students have to attend the school for three years. During the first two years they have to follow courses, whereas in the third year they exclusively work on their PhD thesis. The program is a full-time one.

Students will be integrated into research groups at the beginning of the second year at the latest. Directly after admission each student will be assigned to an advisor, who, together with the student, designs a student-specific curriculum based on the overall curricula.

At an organisational level the school consists of...

  • the Commission of the PhD School,
  • the Director of the PhD School,
  • a pool of internal and external scientists, including the supervisors of the PhD theses and the invited guest lecturers, as well as
  • two administrative assistants.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 1 June 2015

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