Benefits of joining the VDSP


What are the advantages of joining the VDS Physics?
Can I attend international conferences?
What connects me to the other VDSP students?

Entrance into the VDSP


Do I have to be a PhD student at the University of Vienna to join the Vienna Doctoral School in Physics (VDSP)?
Is being a member of VDSP a prerequisite for becoming a PhD student at the University of Vienna?
Will I be eligible for VDSP?
Which deadlines do I need to respect?
Can I apply by emailing my application documents to the VDSP office?
My academic advisors have already written recommendation letters for me. Can I upload scanned copies of these letters instead of asking them to submit the letters via email?
What is the working language? Do I need any language certificate?
How much German will I need, and how will VDSP support me in learning it?

The PhD studies in general


How long does the doctoral studies at the Faculty of Physics take?
How is the doctoral studies graded?
Which steps do I have to complete to obtain my degree?
How many courses do I have to attend?
Do I have to teach, and if so, how much?
What is the mentoring like?

Job conditions and practicalities


What would my salary be?
How many days of paid vacation will I get?
Can my contract be prolonged if I do not finish on time?
What happens when I quit my PhD?
How much German will I need, and how will the University of Vienna support me in learning it?
Which services are available to reconcile work and family life?

Living in Vienna


What are the most important facts about Vienna, the University of Vienna and its Faculty of Physics?
What does Vienna offer?
Is it expensive to live in Vienna?
What do I have to consider before travelling or moving to Vienna?

Additional links that might be of interest for you

  • Guide in English for international PhD's
  • Guide in German for PhD's
  • Info on Grading: §73/3

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