Target Group

Applications are invited from outstanding young scholars who have completed their doctoral/PhD studies in the field of the humanities and cultural and social sciences in Austria no more than six months before the submission deadline.

The entire duration of the applicant’s doctoral/PhD studies may not be longer than five years; exceptions to this rule are possible due to binding obligations (military/civilian service, childcare, etc.) but proof of these duties must be provided.

The doctoral/PhD studies must be completed at the time of application, i.e. the examiners' reports on doctoral thesis and the doctorate/PhD certificate must be submitted with the application documents. Exceptions are possible if defensio/rigorosum takes place no later than six weeks after the submission deadline. In this case, the final certificate can be submitted later.


The OeAW awards up to eight fellowships per year to holders of a doctorate or PhD in the humanities and social and cultural sciences in order to assist in the transition to the post-doc phase. In particular, the aim is to support:

  • the completion of publications resulting from a doctoral thesis
  • the development of a candidate’s own research project for applying to national or international funding bodies
  • the development of (international) networks and cooperation


A doctoral thesis or previous research and, where applicable, a research proposal of high scholarly quality and originality, and national and international networks.

Level of Funding

Information to the amount of the fellowship (= personnel costs): : Fellowship Rates

Additional travel expenses for project-related research stays or participation in congresses/conferences can be applied for (max.  € 2,000).

Duration of fellowship

The fellowships are awarded for a duration of three to a maximum of twelve months.

The fellowship must be commenced within three months after announcement of the award.



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.

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


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.

Goal attainment

One month after the funding period has ended at the latest, a final report is to be sent by email to the Department of Fellowships and Awards (eva.gutknecht(at) Publications produced within the framework of the fellowship and, where applicable, proof of submission of a proposal to national or international funding bodies must also be submitted.

All publications arising from the fellowship must state that they have been “gefördert im Rahmen des Post-DocTrack-Programms der ÖAW” or “funded by the OeAW Post-DocTrack Program”.


Value of Fellowship

Duration of Fellowship
3 - 12 months

Submission deadline
15 May 2024 and
15 November 2024