University of Innsbruck

Aurora PhD Thesis Grant

The PhD Thesis Grants are aimed at supporting talented young academics in their scientific exchange and promoting their research in the field of the Aurora pilot domains and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The Aurora European Universities Alliance is funding so-called Aurora PhD Thesis Grants in order to support research within the thematic pilot domains. This call also served to support research in the area of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to promote networking of research. The grant programme aims to support talented young researchers in their scientific exchange.

The call is addressed to all scientists of the University of Innsbruck (with or without current employment contract) who are enrolled in a doctoral programme.

  • Cooperation with academics from at least one other university of the Aurora European Universities Alliance or at least a research stay at another partner university
  • Thematic connection to one of the Aurora Pilot Domains:
    • Sustainability and Climate Change
    • Health and Well-being
    • Digital Society and Global Citizenship
    • Culture: Diversity and Identity
    • Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Thematic linkage/examination with at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Feasibility of the projects

The aim is to distribute research funding as evenly as possible across the faculties.

Further information can be found in the current  Call (DE) or  Call (EN).

In case of content-related questions, please contact  Thomas Baumgartner, while  Philip Gutschi is your contact for questions regarding the processing of the grant.


Travel and subsistence costs can be funded for a stay of 1 to 6 months at one of the Aurora partner universities. The amount of the monthly rate and the travel grant depend on the destination of your journey. In the case of funding for travel expenses, the flight levy will be assigned to the applicant's department in accordance with the Green Mobility travel guidelines.

Scholarship rates
CountryMonthly rateTravel grant
Czech RepublicEUR 500EUR 275
GermanyEUR 550EUR 275
ItalyEUR 550EUR 275
NetherlandsEUR 550EUR 275
SpainEUR 550EUR 275
DenmarkEUR 600EUR 275
IcelandEUR 600EUR 360

Application process

Applications for a mobility grant can be made any time but they must be submitted at least one month before the start of the mobility. To do so, please send the following completed and signed application form together with an abstract (preferably in German and English) as well as proof of entry into the project database (in case of current employment at UIBK) to  via email:

Antragsformular Aurora PhD Thesis Grant (DE) or  Application Form Aurora PhD Thesis Grant (EN)

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