To be able to apply for the doctoral program, you must hold a master's degree in the intended field of studies. Additionally, a number of documents related to your intended research project need to be submitted (see below). Your application will be reviewed by the responsible Directors of Doctoral Studies Programs. Please note that the processing of your application can take several weeks. Application takes place online via u:space and is possible throughout the year. Please note that you have to renew your enrollment every semester. This has to take place within the regular admission period.

The admission to the Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies must be requested separately. Why you benefit from a membership of the DSHCS and how you can apply can be found here.


The application and admission to a doctoral program in the Humanities is possible all year around.

Semester Start

winter semester: 1 October
summer semester: 1 March

Required documents

If you have a degree from another university or university of applied sciences, please additionally submit the following documents: 

  • Your passport or personal ID
  • A passport photograph
  • Your bachelor and master/diploma certificates and transcripts with the required legalisation for the issuing country
  • All for the application process necessary documents have to be translated, if they are not issued in German or English. This translation has to be done by a court sworn translator after the documents were legalised.

Your steps in the admission procedure

Step 1: Application for admission via u:space

Register in u:space and activate your u:account. You will need this account during your studies at the University of Vienna.
Log in to u:space, select the degree program of your choice and upload the above mentioned required documents as PDF. Then click on "submit application."
Please note: Documents that have already been processed in earlier applications are saved in your application as "Nachweisvorhanden.pdf" or "pseudo.txt" and do not have to be uploaded again.
As soon as the status of your application in u:space is "submitted", the admission office will take care of your application.
Please note that any missing or formally incorrect document will prolong the processing time and lead to a later admission. Only submit your application once you uploaded all required documents. The admission office needs several weeks to process your application.
Where required, interviews with candidates will take place. In this case, you will be contacted by E-Mail.

Step 2: Waiting for your admission letter

Due to administrative reasons it is not possible to inform you about the status of your application. Your admission letter will be sent to the e-mail address you provided in u:space.

Step 3: Admission to the doctoral program

The admission may be either

  • without stipulations,
  • with stipulations of additional exams (up to a maximum of 60 ECTS) from the bachelor or master program which you have to pass before the public presentation or
  • rejected due to qualitative deficiencies

You will be notified about possible stipulations in the admission letter. A separate admission to a bachelor/master program to participate in the required courses is not necessary. Please note: Required stipulations need to be passed before the public presentation!
If you have submitted documents you have not obtained at the University of Vienna (e.g. documents from other universities), please come to the Admission Office in person to complete the admission procedure. Please bring along your admission letter and all documents, you obtained at other universities.
You are admitted as soon as the prescribed tuition fee/students' union fee is registered as paid.


Please read the FAQs of the Center for Doctoral Studies for more information.


DLE Research Services and Career Development | Admission Doctoral/PhD Programmes
FOI Andrea Majnaric
Katarina Spajic
Mag. Florian Wagner
Ursula Ziss
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1090 Vienna | 2nd floor