The Roland Atefie Award recognises an outstanding doctoral thesis in the fields of philosophy, theology or indology written at an Austrian university no more than two years before the date of submission.

Preference is given to candidates whose theses have already been published or accepted for publication by a publishing house.

Applicants do not have to hold Austrian citizenship.

Selection Procedure

Prize winners are decided by an awards committee set up by the OeAW. Decisions are reached on the basis of the panel’s own expertise and if necessary external reviews.

Application Documents

  1. Application documents:
    1. Tabular CV and list of publications
    2. Publisher’s notification of acceptance of doctoral thesis
    3. Examiners’ report on doctoral thesis
    4. Abstract of thesis (1–3 pages)
  2. Doctoral thesis (PDF)

Upload via online form

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.

At the request of the awarding committee or the reviewer, a printed copy of the thesis can be requested subsequently.


Research Areas
Philosophy, Theology, Indology

Value of the Award
4.000,-- Euro


Next call: April 2, 2024