DOC [Doctoral Fellowship Programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences]

The DOC Fellowship Programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences offers funding for highly qualified doctoral candidates in all areas of research. The fellowships are intended to allow young researchers to dedicate themselves to working in focused fashion to complete their doctoral thesis within a clear timeframe.

Applications for a DOC Fellowship are open to highly qualified doctoral candidates of all ages who

  • completed their Diplom or Master’s degree no more than two years prior to applying (dated from 1 July of the year of submission),
  • are writing their doctoral or PhD thesis at an Austrian university,
  • can prove that they fulfil the admission requirements for doctoral/PhD studies at their respective university, and
  • submit a project exposé and a reference from their doctoral supervisor.

The basis of assessment of the applicant’s academic qualifications are the course of studies (including length and marks), stays abroad already completed and the list of publications. Some international experts also require the applicant’s diploma or master’s thesis. 


NEW 2023   Fellowships from FZÖ funds

The Fonds Zukunft Österreich (FZÖ) provides funding for dissertation projects dealing with issues related to the EU Missions within the framework of Horizon Europe (Cancer, Climate, Ocean, Cities, Soil) or the priority topics in the ÖAW's development plan (Empires and World Orders, Energy Systems, Aging, Artificial Intelligence).

Applications for funding under this framework are automatically included in the DOC selection process. Application requirements, selection criteria as well as amount and duration of funding correspond to the specifications for the DOC program.

In the case of an application for funding under this framework, the reference to one of the named subject areas must be clearly presented in the project description.


The Road to a Fellowship





Questions and Answers



Upon being awarded a fellowship

General documents

DOC Documents

Key facts

Value of Fellowship

Length of Fellowship
24 / 30 / 36 months

Deadline for Submission
20 August - 16 September 2024 (23:59 MEZ)