Austrian Science Foundation DK-PI Doctoral Program

Deadline: 6 January 2015
Open to: international graduates
Scholarship: 1,996.90 euros per month before tax


The DK-PI Doctoral Program is a research, education, and training oriented initiative supported by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF). Its purpose is to provide a high profile international research environment for highly qualified PhD students, coupled with a thorough monitoring and advisory framework, and a broad educational system that includes introductory and specialized physics courses as well as soft skill courses. Its aim is that the students acquire the knowledge needed for becoming competitive participants in the international particle and nuclear physics research community and are able to start their own successful career.


Students from all countries are welcome to apply for such a DK-PI studentship. They need in particular a completed Master (or equivalent) degree in physics or a related field. In addition they should have very good English language skills. The DK-PI seeks to increase the percentage of women in physics and therefore specifically invites applications by women.

Since DK-PI doctoral students will have to be enrolled at one of the Vienna universities, they have to fulfill the criteria for doctoral studies of the two universities


The modalities of the payment follow the rules laid out by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (currently 1,996.90 €/month before tax, incl. health benefits). In addition, the doctoral program provides support for:

  • Travel to scientific work shops, schools and conferences;
  • Research stays at various partner institutions around the globe;
  • Soft skill training and language courses.


The mode of applying is online. The following application documents and material need be provided:

  • completed admission form;
  • curriculum vitae (CV);
  • list of publications, posters and talks (if applicable);
  • graded study records (if you feel it helps even including high school certificates);
  • expression of interest (why you feel you are the right person to join the DK-PI);
  • information on your English skills (TOEFL or others);
  • preferred date when you would like to start the doctoral studies;
  • two letters of recommendation (including one from your Master’s thesis supervisor).

Note that they will not approach your referees. YOU have to ask your referees to send to us these letters directly by email (preferrably) to or by postal mail so that they arrive before the deadline.

Deadline for submission is 6 January 2015

The official webpage

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