Our Doctoral Programs
Creative and Innovative Research
The framework of the Vienna PhD School of Informatics intends to generate scientists who have broad knowledge and expertise in the domain (breadth) and contribute to the development of the sciences (depth) through independent research. Our graduates gain new scientific insight and are able to present results comprehensively. They are able to solve complex scientific problems in both fundamental and applied research at a high international level and according to accepted scientific standards.
Our objective is to provide you with an environment that encourages you to contribute to the advancement of technology through independent creative research. Our program enables you to become an independent researcher who is capable of generating, pursuing and communicating novel research ideas. To achieve this, you will be involved in research activities as soon as possible.
Admission and Relocation Support
If you are seeking admission you can submit your applications at any time. Based on the submitted application documents, our team of the Vienna PhD School of Informatics will try to find a supervisor among our faculty who might be interested to supervise your doctoral studies. Our team also supports you in regards of Visa, accomodation, etc.
We organize guest lectures which are given by internationally renowned researchers (so-called ”area courses“). In addition, we coordinate fundamental and other more specialized courses. All these courses are held in English.
We stimulate teambuilding by regularly offering social events for all doctoral students at TU Wien Informatics.
Whether you enrol within the framework of a doctoral college or pursue our Standard Doctoral Program, your activities follows the TU Wien Informatics general doctoral curriculum.
This curriculum is structured into mandatory (“fundamental”) courses and elective (“area”) courses and comprises 18 ECTS of coursework—this is mandatory for all doctoral students. However, as a doctoral candidate in one of our colleges you are required to earn additional ECTS. For securing funding, we typically employ doctoral students as teaching assistants, project assistants, or in a doctoral college. It is also possible to do doctoral studies as self-funded student.
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 be invited for face-to-face interviews or will have phone interviews.
The Vienna PhD School of Informatics is open for national and international students (not limited to the European Union). We maintain an objective of a 50% quota of international students and a women’s quota of at least 40% (averaged over 3 years). Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply and will receive preference when equally qualified. Applicants should have obtained a master degree with distinction.
Applications for our Standard Doctoral Program can be submitted at any time. We regularly forward them collectively to potential supervisors among our faculty. For the Doctoral Colleges the Call for Applications’ deadline applies.
Visa or Residence Permit
You might need to apply for a visa or residence permit. Applications have to be submitted to your local and/or responsible Austrian consulate or embassy at least four months in advance of your intended entry at TU Wien Informatics. Therefore we strongly recommended that you get informed about your particular visa requirements and procedures during the application process. You should have obtained the required documents for visa application once you received our confirmation of acceptance.
Please collect the following documents in a single PDF and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Form. F-822 Application for Doctoral Studies (TU Wien Alumni) F-823 Application for Doctoral Studies (Non-TU Wien Alumni)
Scan of your Identification Document/Passport
Degree Certificates. Scan of your degree certificate (master degree or higher) of a post-secondary education institution including course transcript. The submitted documents should be issued by the universities in English language.
Summary of Master or Diploma Thesis. Describe in max. 2000 characters motivation, methods, and final results of your thesis.
Letter of Motivation. Explain why you would like to join the Vienna PhD School of Informatics and indicate the research area in which you are interested.
Proficiency in English Certificate. Non-native English speakers need to demonstrate that their proficiency in English meets our requirements. We accept the following certificates:
TOEFL score of at least 550 paper-based, 217 computer-based, or 81 internet-based (TOEFEL DI code: 4465) IELTS score 6.0 or higher CAE score B or higher
Native English speakers, or if the primary language of instruction at the university attended was English, do not need to provide proof. 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 doctoral students. Applicants' adequate level of English language will also be surveyed during the application interviews (see above.
Letters of Recommendation. Two letters of recommendation have to be sent by the referees via e-mail to email@example.com. At least one of your referees should have a scientific background. (F-826 Letter of Recommendation)
Research proposal (optional)