The selection procedure for a pre-doc fellowship from funds of the ÖAW Dimitrov Endowment takes about two months.

An Award Committee, whose members are nominated by the Austrian Academy of Sciences, decides on allocation of the fellowships. The decision on the award of fellowships is made on the basis of the comparative assessment of the applications by Committee members; in addition, external reviewers may also be engaged.

If applications are considered by persons to whom individual committee members have a close professional or private relationship, those committee members will not take part in the decision-making process.

There is no legal appeal.

Selection criteria

  • Performance and length of studies
  • Special achievements, distinctions, prizes
  • Publications, (international) mobility
  • Proof of previous academic performance


Information to applicants

The applicants will be informed in writing after the committee meeting about the decision of the Committee. 


After expiry of the submission deadline, the applications received on time will be checked for completeness and the presence of any formal flaws and recorded in the database of the Department for Fellowships and Awards with a project number (A-number).

After completion of the completeness check, the applicants will receive more precise information about the further course of procedure by email.