Roland Atefie Award


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


  • Tabular CV and list of publications
  • Publisher’s notification of acceptance of doctoral thesis
  • Examiners’ report on doctoral thesis
  • Abstract of thesis (1–3 pages)
  • A copy of the doctoral thesis

Online Form: Application deadline 2020 expired.

The completed documents are to be uploaded via the online form and sent by post.

Fill in the online form and upload the documents as a total of 2 PDF files.

It is not necessary to supply signatures in the electronic versions. Protected files will not be accepted.

The individual files may not exceed 10 MB. The files are to be given the following names:

Application_Surname.pdf  (i.e. application documents)

Publication1_Surname.pdf  (i.e. doctoral thesis) 


Please send the application documents, a copy of the doctoral thesis and the completed and signed online form by post to the following address:

Department of Fellowships and Awards
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3
1030 Wien