Sowi-Doc.Awards – Deadline extended!

Each year, the Faculty of Social Sciences awards the Sowi-Doc.Awards to three doctoral graduates, who receive EUR 1,500 each for their outstanding research contributions in the framework of their doctoral thesis. The award aims at motivating doctoral graduates to pursue a career in academia.

With the announcement of the Sowi-Doc.Awards 2019, the Faculty asks supervisors to each nominate no more than two excellent doctoral theses that fulfil the criteria mentioned below by 22 September 2019. Graduates of doctoral programmes are not allowed to nominate themselves.

An interdisciplinary expert committee, appointed by the head of the Faculty, is responsible for making a decision.

The Sowi-Doc.Awards will be awarded on the “Tag der Nachwuchsforschung” (early stage researchers’ day) at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the end of 2019.

Submission requirements:

  • Successful completion of the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna between 1 October 2018 and 31 August 2019
  • Doctoral thesis with an excellent assessment (two examiner reports attaining an “excellent” grade, public defence receiving an “excellent” grade)
  • Completion of the doctoral programme within the standard duration of the degree programme plus six semesters (≙ 12 semesters)

Required documents (submission in electronic form):

  • On one page: Title of the doctoral thesis, name of the supervisor, brief description of the topic of the doctoral thesis (abstract)
  • Full text of the doctoral thesis
  • Curriculum vitae of the candidate (including date of birth and contact details (mail and e-mail)), as well as a list of publications
  • Both examiner reports on the doctoral thesis
  • Student record sheet
  • Doctoral degree certificate

Supervisors can nominate excellent doctoral theses that fulfil the criteria mentioned above. Please send your proposals via e-mail (including all required documents, subject line “Sowi-Doc.Awards 2019”) to the Graduate Center of the Faculty of Social Sciences ( by Sunday, 22 September 2019. Please contact Eva Kössner (+43-1-4277-49081) if you have any questions.

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