How to apply

The following steps must be completed to apply for a Post-DocTrack Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences:

I Read the general guidelines

II Complete the online form

III Preparing documents

IV Submit documents



Language of application

Applications can be submitted in German or English.

Subsequent alterations

It is not possible to alter the application or to provide missing documents after submission. 

Only applications that fulfil the formal criteria will be accepted for review.

Exclusion of reviewers

It is possible to exclude from the review process up to three potential reviewers who may not be well disposed towards the proposed project.


Upon receipt of the application, the applicant’s data are entered into the database of the Department of Fellowships and Awards.

Online form (accessible at the next submission deadline)


Application documents

  • tabular CV incl. list of publications
  • letter of motivation including a career and research plan for the next 3–5 years (1–2 pages max.)
  • Copies of Diplom/Master’s and doctorate/PhD certificates and doctorate
  • Examiners’ reports on doctoral thesis
  • Letter of recommendation by doctoral thesis supervisor outlining the applicant’s academic career to date, scholarly potential and  career prospects (national and international)
  • Abstract of the doctoral thesis (five pages max.)

Project documents

  • Application for funding for developing an application for third-party funding:
    Exposé of research proposal (5–10 pages) incl. the funding body and the funding line
  • Application to complete publications:
    Abstracts of the planned contributions incl. the planned place of publication (journal/publishing house)
  • Application for funding networking:
    Reason for the research institutions selected and the necessity of the planned stays abroad

Dissertation and publications

  • Dissertation
  • 1–3 of the applicant’s most important publications



All prepared documents must be submitted via the online form.
The application documents, project documents and the completed and signed online form must also be sent by post.

Submission via the online form

Please complete the online form (see point II) and upload your documents as  PDF files. In the abstract, state your name and the title of the proposed project. The individual files may not exceed 3 MB. Name the files as follows:

  • Application_surname.pdf (=application documents)
  • Project_surname (=project documents)
  • Dissertation_surname.pdf
  • Publication1_surname.pdf
  • Publication2_surname.pdf
  • Publication3_surname.pdf

It is not necessary to sign the electronic version. Protected files cannot be accepted.

Submission by post

Please send a signed copy of the online form together with the application documents and project documents (do not write on both sides an do not use staples) to:

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Abteilung für Stipendien und Preise
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 3
1030 Wien

Please note: we do NOT require print versions of your doctoral thesis and publication.



Upon receipt of the application before the deadline, we will check that it is complete and fulfils all formal criteria before filing it with a project number (A-number) in the database of the Department of Fellowships and Awards.

After applications have been checked for completeness, applicants receive confirmation by email.