Doctoral Scholarships

Support Program for Junior Scientists
at the University of Innsbruck 
2022/2nd tranche


In accordance with the endeavors expressed in Austrian and European scientific education policies, the University of Innsbruck has set a central objective of promoting the advancement of junior scientists. For this reason, a program for promoting junior scientists was created as early as 2005, which also provides funding for doctoral scholarships in 2022.


In order to give special support to young female researchers, the aim is to award at least 50 per cent of the funds made available to women. Therefore, women are particularly encouraged to apply.


Preference will be given to applications embedded in the University of Innsbruck’s "main research areas" (research areas, platforms and centers) as well as applicants who work on or participate in project proposals in the case of equal scientific quality.


Attention: Application for this program by doctoral students who are members of a Doctoral College of the University of Innsbruck is not allowed. Doctoral students who are members of a Doctoral College of the University of Innsbruck please apply for the “Excellence Scholarship” for doctoral colleges.


Award conditions / general information: 


All doctoral students can apply who are enrolled at the University of Innsbruck as regular students and are registered to continue their studies and who are not members of a Doctoral College.


The dissertation must be registered.


Applicants need to provide evidence of excellent academic success (excellent grade point average + normal length of study).


The monthly grant amounts to € 910. The scholarship is granted for 12 months, with an interim evaluation taking place after 6 months, i.e. the funding period is fixed for 6 months. An interruption of the 12-months funding period is only possible once. The interruption may not last longer than 6 months, otherwise a new application must be submitted.

This 12-months scholarship is conceived as start-up funding for doctoral students. In this context, we refer to external funding institutions for possible further funding such as the Austrian Academy of Science (DOC and DOC team), TWF as well as employment through other third-party funded projects (e.g. FWF, EU, FFG). An extension of the scholarship period can be granted only in exceptional cases (for example, as bridge funding before project decisions are made or pending project employment or the imminent completion of the dissertation). For an extension of the scholarship period, evidence of scientific performance (presentations, publications, poster presentations, etc.) must be provided. This scholarship may also be awarded as interim/bridge/final funding.


During the scholarship period, a simultaneous employment at the University of Innsbruck is not possible. Other sources of income must be reported. These sources of income reduce the monthly grant of the University of Innsbruck. Generally, 50% of the additional income is subtracted from the scholarship amount. Employment above the marginal earnings limit is not permitted and will result in immediate ending of the scholarship.

Scholarships, study grants and other financial support (e.g. unemployment benefits, pension payments, etc.) need to be reported. They reduce the monthly grant of the University of Innsbruck.


A note that a scholarship has been granted by the Vice Rector for Research of the University of Innsbruck must be included in all scientific work (including the dissertation) published during the receipt of such a scholarship. In terms of affiliation, the University of Innsbruck has to be named.


Applications must be submitted via the students’ platform LFU:online within the following period:


23rd of June to incl 2nd of October 2022


Documents to be provided:


  • Description of the planned dissertation project: introduction/hypothesis, state of art (reference to the appropriate international scientific community), project objectives/hypotheses, description of the project’s anticipated level of originality or innovation /impact of the progress expected (precise and clearly defined innovative aspects,), methodology, work and time planning, co-operations (national and international), description of any ethical aspects, list of project-relevant literature, total length 8 – 12 pages


  • Abstract (approximately half a page, German version)


  • Letter of recommendation from the dissertation supervisor


  • Curriculum vitae and list of publications


For doctoral students who did not complete their basic studies at the UIBK, the following additional documents are required:


  • Confirmation of Graduation


  • Certificates (diploma/bachelor's/master's certificates) from all studies


ATTENTION: An application is only possible for doctoral students who are enrolled at the University of Innsbruck as regular students and registered for continuation. The registration of the dissertation must also be available. Otherwise the system will not allow an application.


Evaluation criteria are, in addition to the description of the dissertation project, the grade of the diploma or master's thesis as well as the grade point average in the basic studies. It is recommended to submit only in case of very good grades.


Please address any questions to:

Dr. Gundula Schwinghammer, projekt.service.büro, University of Innsbruck,

Tel. 0512/507-34417; E-Mail:



The allocation of the funding is planned for autumn 2022.


Prof. Dr. Ulrike Tanzer

Vice Rector for Research


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