In addition to their thesis supervisor, each VDSP student is supported by a personal mentor. The mentor provides guidance and advice regarding the professional and personal development of the doctoral candidate.

The VDSP student can nominate, in consultation with their supervisor, any senior scientist at the University of Vienna or at any other national or international research institute to act as their mentor.

More details for active VDSP students can be found on the VDSP Intranet.

Transferable Skills Training

The VDSP regularly offers specialized workshops and individualized transferable skills training in e.g. academic writing, interactive science communication, visualization and 3D animation, networking, collaboration and partnership in academia, negotiation skills, Python and Arduino computing platform.

VDSP students are invited to suggest topics for the workshops following new developments in academia and/or based on individual interests. Please write an email to 

Further training and workshops for doctoral researchers at the University of Vienna can be found here.

Career prospect excursions

Discover more about the work environment and job profiles for highly qualified PhD graduates at excursions to potential employers in the private sector, NGOs and to research institutions inside and outside Austria.

Past excursions included Infineon AGMedAustronZKW GroupAnton PaarKreisel Electric, the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV) and the office of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBTO).