Application for a DOC Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences is open to all young researchers in all areas of basic research who

  • completed their Diplom or Master’s degrees no more than two years prior to applying,
  • are writing their doctoral thesis at an Austrian university, and
  • fulfil the admission requirements for doctoral or PhD studies of the university in question.

Application is conditional on above-average qualifications on the part of the applicant and the submission of an exposé of their doctoral thesis, a positive reference by their doctoral supervisor including proof of provision of all relevant resources for the project’s undertaking, and a brief description of the academic environment in which the thesis is being written.

Length of funding

DOC Fellowships are awarded for 24, 30, or 36 months.
If childcare duties for at least one child under the age of 7 (e.g. as a single parent) can be proven, the fellowship can be taken up as a part-time fellowship. In this case, the fellowship’s duration can be lengthened by up to half the time granted.

Extent of funding

A DOC Fellowship is funded in the amount of 38,000 Euros per annum.
This amount is a super gross sum and contains the legally required non-wage labour costs (including the employer’s contribution), taxes and duties.  
Additional travel expenses of up to 500 Euros per annum can be applied for to fund active participation in scientific conferences or research stays abroad.
A subsidy of up to 1,900 Euros per annum is available for childcare.


Exceptions can be made if proof can be provided of time taken off for childcare, military or alternative service, disability or illness, and must be established via communication with the Department of Fellowships and Awards prior to application.

Stay abroad

It is possible to arrange a stay abroad of up to 12 months in length within the framework of a DOC Fellowship.
It is also possible to undertake doctoral research within the framework of a Cotutelle Agreement between an Austrian and a foreign university within the framework of a DOC Fellowship.


Additional employment (e.g. teaching, tutorials) is permitted if it promotes the programme’s aim – successful completion of the thesis – and does not exceed ten hours per week. Exceptions to this ruling are to be discussed with the Department of Fellowships and Awards.

Applicants are entitled to apply to other (funding) bodies. The Department of Fellowships and Awards of the OeAW must be informed of such applications and their outcome in writing however.

It is possible to re-apply to this Fellowship programme, but only once.

Fellows must provide a work report and statement by their doctoral supervisor on the project's progress at the half-way stage and three months before the end of their funding programme

Should Fellows fail to adhere to the conditions of the Fellowship, they msut pay back their funding.


The DOC Fellowships are paid in annual instalments directly to the Fellows (if they are self-employed (“Neue Selbständige”)) or to the Austrian university or non-university institution at which the Fellow is employed.
Employment within the framework of the Fellowship programme is conditional on confirmation by the director of the institute that a workspace will be provided in the event of a Fellowship being awarded.

It is not possible to receive a Fellowship payment before actually taking up the position.

Key facts

Value of Fellowship
38,000 Euros annually (before tax)

Length of Fellowship
24 / 30 / 36 months

10 August - incl. 15 September 2022


The road to a fellowship




Upon being awarded a fellowship

General documents

DOC documents