Funding possibilities

Funding possibilities for doctoral candidates

Below you can find an overview of various funding opportunities provided by the Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences (VISESS), the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy (FGGA), the University of Vienna (UniVie), as well as external funding opportunities.

Funding possibilities at VISESS and FGGA

PhD positions at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy

Support programmes for PhD students in the research phase of their doctoral studies

Grants and awards for PhD students in the final phase of their doctoral studies

Grants for supervisors


Funding opportunities at UniVie and external funding opportunities

External fellowships and grants for PhD students

External grants for supervisors

  • doc.funds (FWF) – funding for 5-10 doctoral candidates

Mobility – short-term

  • Mobility & Care Fund (Human Resources and Gender Equality, UniVie) – funds to cover additional childcare costs during mobility for female staff members
  • International Office Shortterm Grants Abroad (KWA, International Office, UniVie) – travel funds for one research stay abroad of at least 2 weeks up to 3 months during the time of your PhD studies
  • International Communication (ÖFG) – supplementary support programme for early stage researchers for travels abroad and inviting scientists to Austria
  • Mobility Fellowships – Jerusalem, Kyoto, Beijing, Shanghai (UniVie) – research stays of at least 3 weeks and a maximum length of stay of 8 weeks to Strategic Partner Universities of the University of Vienna
  • Förderungsstipendium (UniVie) – support in the event of an above-average financial burden, e.g. for travel costs for research activities outside Vienna
  • Erasmus+ Short-Term PhD-Mobility (EU) - funding for self-organised 5-14-day stays abroad for regular PhD students of the University of Vienna who do not hold a paid position at UniVi
  • Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Researchers – funding for stays of 2 days up to 2 weeks abroad for UniVie academic staff members to acquire knowledge and/or learn new techniques in another European country for employees of the academic university staff (except lecturers)
  • GO.INVESTIGATO (ÖAW) - grants for 1-9 month stays outside Austria (library, archive and field research) which are necessary for preparing scientific papers or publications or for drafting external funding applications


Mobility – long-term

  • Marietta Blau-Grant (OEAD) – six- to twelve-month study periods abroad for PhD students of Austrian universities
  • Erasmus+ International Mobility (EU) – study visits < 4 months at selected partner universities outside Europe
  • Erasmus+ Traineeships (EU) – self-organised traineeships of max. 12 months relevant to study programmes in another European country
  • CEEPUS (OEAD) - multilateral exchange programme with Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
  • Marshall Plan Scholarships Program (Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation)
  • Circle U (Circle U. European University Alliance)
  • GO.INVESTIGATO (ÖAW) - grants for 1-9 month stays outside Austria (library, archive and field research) which are necessary for preparing scientific papers or publications or for drafting external funding applications




Research awards and prices

  • BMBWF Award of Excellence (BMBWF) – for best graduates of a doctoral programme, Austrian or EWR citizenship or equated third-country nationals and stateless persons pursuant to § 4 StudFG, nominations via subunit or VISESS
  • Stefan M. Gregerly Award (ÖAW) - for outstanding doctoral theses on research questions in the areas of environment, nature and wildlife conservation, preferably with reference to Austria.
  • Leistungsstipendium nach dem StudFG (UniVie) - for outstanding academic achievements, Austrian citizens or equivalent foreigners and stateless persons (§ 3 Bas 1 iVm § 4 StudFG)
  • Theodor Körner Award (Theodor Körner Fonds) – for ongoing dissertation projects
  • Bank Austria Research Award (Bank Austria Foundation for Science and Research) – for particularly interesting and promising research projects, offered in yearly rotation to different Doctoral Schools


Specific grants, awards and prices:


Third-party Funding Services

 Open Third-party Funding Calls & Information Events for Early Career Researchers (selection FGGA)

Deadline: ongoing

(minimum lead time of 4 weeks before the start of the planned activity)

Deadlines: 7 Jan, 24 March, 9 June, 6 Oct, 10 Nov 2024

For international activities of young researchers (mainly travel costs, etc.)

Deadline: 15 Oct 2024

Opportunity to implement innovative ideas involving at least three Circle U. member universities.


In case of questions, please contact Martina Egger (E-Mail:, Phone: +43-1-4277-53009).



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