Supervision

Supervision is a key factor in the dissertation process. You will need at lest one supervisor at the University of Vienna who is entitled to supervise doctoral candidates. Therefore it only makes sense to approach the University of Vienna with a certain topic if you could identify supervisors at the University of Vienna whose academic competences cover the supject area of your dissertation project.

Who can supervise?

According to the statutes of the University of Vienna the following researchers can supervise PhD candidates: University Professors as well as employees with habilitation can and should supervise PhD candidates from their discipline.

As a rule, PhD candidates need to have at least one supervisor at the University of Vienna. However, it is possible to establish a supervisory team which includes experienced researchers from other universities or research institutions. They too have to proof the qualification to supervise PhD candidates. 

Please note, that only the version issued in the University Gazette are legally binding (these versions are only available in German).

As of 1 March 2015 further researchers will be allowed to supervise:
Associate professors and researchers who have managed to attract highly competitive third-party funded projects (e.g. ERC grants, START- or Wittgenstein award, “Junior Group Leader” from the WWTF) can supervise PhD candidates within the project they received the funding for. The Studienpräses checks if these requirements are fulfilled and if supervision is possible.

The exact wording can be found here.

 Please note

The search for a supervisor at the University of Vienna is entirely up to the doctoral candidate. We recommend to check whether there is an appropriate scientific supervisor for your intended dissertation project before starting the admission process. 

We advise to visit the websites of the respective faculties and departments for further information on possible supervisors and their field of research. You can also check our research data base u:cris for information on possible supervisors. It is often also advisable to send potential supervisors a first draft of a research proposal.