doc.funds Programme

Please note: Multiple Participation and Emerging Fields

The coordinator of an ongoing or proposed doc.funds or doc.funds.connect project cannot simultaneously serve as coordinator in an ongoing or proposed Emerging Fields project. This applies to both the application and the implementation phase of a project. This addition is effective immediately.

Further information (pdf, 336KB)

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 (1 March 2022).
  • 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 Researchers, Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers etc.)

Additional funding for ongoing FWF Doctoral Programmes (DK projects, doc.funds.connect) cannot be requested through thedoc.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

Via the FWF’s electronic application portal (elane)

  • Start of call for applications: 15 December 2022
  • Submission deadline: 20 March 2023, 2 p.m. Vienna local time
  • in English


  • End of November 2023 by the FWF Board 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 expected to take place in the period November 6-17, 2023


Number of grants

  • about 4-5 doc.funds-projects


Electronic application portal