APART-GSK Information

APART-GSK is a funding programme for excellent junior scholars in the humanities and the social and cultural sciences (GSK) in the first post-doc phase of their careers.
The programme seeks to offer opportunities for extraordinary young researchers on the path to scholarly independence to acquire open-topic funding by themselves and with their own research ideas.

The aim is to support successful applicants in preparing their next important career step (“second book” or habilitation).

Target group

Applications are invited from post-docs from Austria and abroad in the humanities and social and cultural sciences who

  • finished their doctorate/PhD no longer than three years before applying,
  • submit a project that is innovative in terms of content or method and
  • can already demonstrate outstanding publications.

The project can be undertaken at any suitable Austrian research institution. Part of the period under funding can be spent abroad.

The funding programme also includes the opportunity for networking and mentoring and part of the funding can be used annually for training such as ERC applications and other national and EU programmes.


Recognition is given to time taken out for (child)care or in the case of disabilities/illness or military or civilian service (up to 3 years). Exceptions must be discussed with the Department of Fellowships and Awards prior to application.

Doctoral studies must be completed before the application or the completion of the doctoral studies (Rigorosum/Defensio) must take place no later than six weeks after the submission deadline and the corresponding proof must be submitted as soon as possible.

Stay abroad

It is possible to include a stay abroad for a maximum duration of half the funding period within the framework of an APART-GSK Fellowship.

Duration of funding

The fellowships are awarded for a period of 36 or 48 months.

If childcare duties can be demonstrated for at least one child under 7 years of age, the fellowship can be taken up on a part-time basis. In this case the duration of the fellowship can be extended for a maximum of half the approved time. 

Level of funding

The level of funding (= personnel costs) amounts to EUR 82,390 gross/gross per annum.
Each year, additional funding amounting to a maximum of EUR 12,000 can be applied for in order to finance project-specific travel and materials expenses (e.g. publications in open access journals, coaching or personal development courses, etc.).

A subsidy of up to 2.000 Euros per annum is available for childcare.



Applicants are entitled to apply for other (funded) positions. Notification of such applications and information on their outcome must be provided in writing to the Department of Fellowships and Awards of the Austrian Academy of Sciences however.

Proper use of funds

If accepted for an APRT-GSK Fellowship, the beneficiary is obliged to focus his/her work on the research project. Additional employment (e.g. teaching, tutorials) are permitted if they contribute to the aims of the programme and do not amount to over ten hours per week.  Exceptions to this regulation must be discussed with the Department of Fellowships and Awards.

Fellows who fail to adhere to the conditions of the fellowship due to their own fault are obliged to return the funding.


Fellows commit themselves to publicly present the results of their research project as well as to submit a project report at the halfway stage and at the end of the fellowship.

Also, publications produced within the framework of the project are to be submitted. On these publications, the following notation must appear: “Recipient of an APART-GSK Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the Institute of ... “.


The funding is paid in annual instalments either directly to the fellow (“Neue Selbstständige”) or to the university or non-university research institute in Austria at which the fellow is employed.  Employment within the framework of the funding programme is conditional on confirmation by the director of the institute that in the event of a fellowship being awarded a workspace will be available.

There can be no payment of the fellowship for any period before its commencement.


Value of Fellowship
EUR 82.390,- (gross/gross) per year
+ travel and material costs

Duration of Fellowship
36 / 48 Months

Submission Deadline
25 March 2024 (23:59 CET)


The Road to a Fellowship