[CALL] FWF - doc.funds


Deadline: 2018-05-14

Support of excellent scientific education of PhDs.

Target group

  • Austrian research institutions that are entitled to award doctoral degrees (NB: A single institution can submit multiple applications.)


  • To promote outstanding education and training for scientific and arts-based doctoral students within the framework of structured doctoral programmes that have been in operation for at least two years (see requirements below)
  • To reinforce the research orientation and sustained consolidation of existing education and training structures for highly qualified junior researchers


  • The programme must have been launched at least two years prior to the submission deadline (14 May 2018).
  • The programme’s faculty must include at least five scientific or arts-based researchers whose research track records are considered outstanding by FWF standards.
  • The university (or universities) offering the programme must commit themselves to providing basic funding, that is, providing all necessary infrastructure as well as funds for the on-going operation and institutional anchoring of the programme.
  • The programme must involve training through research, that is, the PhD candidates are to be involved in a focused and consistent research context.
  • The programme must have standards and procedures for
    • admission and selection of PhD candidates: international advertisement and application
    • the education and training programme, supervision and monitoring, and the working conditions for PhD candidates: supervision confirmations, dissertation agreements, regular progress reports, subject-specific content and supporting measures (transferable skills etc.), team supervision instead of individual supervision only, supervisor development, allowing for international mobility, and provision of different funding models for PhD candidates
    • the completion of the doctoral programme: separation of supervisor and examiner (if compliant with study-law regulations).
  • The programme must be based on international standards (see e.g. Seven Principles of Innovative Doctoral Training, Salzburg Recommendations, European Charter for Researchershttps://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/european-charter, Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers etc.)

Additional funding for ongoing FWF Doctoral Programmes (DK projects) cannot be requested through the doc.funds programme.


  • 4 years

Funding amount

  • Personnel costs for 5 to 10 PhD candidates
  • Education and training costs of up to €5,000 per year for each PhD position requested
  • 5% general project costs


  • Start of call for applications: 21 February 2018
  • Submission deadline: 14 May 2018
  • in English


  • final funding decisions will be made by the FWF Board Board in early March 2019 based on the recommendations of the international doc.funds jury
  • Recommendations are based on an international review procedure and presentations (hearings) before the international doc.funds-Jury. The hearings are scheduled for mid-/late February 2019.


Number of grants

  • about 4-6 doc.funds-projects