The Dissertation Award for Research on Migration is awarded for a doctoral thesis project that has been submitted and accepted for supervision at an Austrian university but is yet to be completed and examines refugeeism and migration, the integration of migrants or societal transformation as a result of migration. Submissions are welcome from all fields of the social sciences, humanities and jurisprudence and legal theory.

Doctoral/PhD studies may not have begun more than three years before the date of submission.

Applicants do not have to hold Austrian citizenship.

Selection Procedure

Prize winners are decided by an awards committee of the Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences of the OeAW on the basis of international peer review.

Application Documents

  1. Application documents:
    1. Tabular CV
    2. Exposé of doctoral thesis project (3.000–5.000 words including bibliography)
    3. Confirmation of acceptance for supervision and letter of recommendation from doctoral supervisor
  2. Abstract:
    1. Abstract (300–500 words)

Applications may be submitted in German OR English.

Upload via online form

The completed documents are to be uploaded via the online form.


Fill in the online form and upload the documents as a total of 2 PDF files. Protected files will not be accepted.

The individual files may not exceed 10 MB.

Afterwards, you will receive a document that you will have to print and sign. Return a scan of the signed form in PDF format (single file) as an attachment to a reply to the received email (click reply button). IMPORTANT: The default subject and recipient must not be changed.


Upon receipt of your application, we will check that it is complete and meets the formal criteria and it will then be entered into the database of the Department of Fellowships and Awards.

Once the application has been checked for completeness, the applicant will receive confirmation by email.


Research Areas
Humanities, Social and Cultural Sciences

Value of the Award
4.000,-- Euro


Next Call: May 31, 2024