Vienna PhD School of Informatics Scholarships for International Students

Vienna School of Informatics PhD Scholarship

Course(s) Offered: Informatics
Course Level: Graduate (phd)
Provider: TU Vienna, City of Vienna, private sponsors
Country to Study in: Austria

Course Description
The Vienna PhD School of Informatics, funded by the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), invites students worldwide to apply for its full-time PhD program in Informatics.

Since 2009, the school of Informatics has offered these PhD courses in English. Among the admitted students, some may receive a scholarship (subject to budgetary constraints). This decision is taken separately. No tuition fees have to be paid by students of the PhD School.

TU Vienna aims at positioning this PhD School at a high level of excellence within the international community. The vision is to increase both the quality and the quantity of excellent young researchers in the field of informatics.

The PhD School is open for national and international students (not limited to the European Union), with an objective of a 50% share of international students. The Faculty of Informatics at the Vienna University of Technology invites applicants from all countries to its "Vienna PhD School of Informatics". Furthermore, a women's quota of at least 40% is intended (averaged over 3 years).

Qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given when equally qualified.

Applicants should have obtained a master's degree with distinction.

Eligible groups
Citizens of all countries of the world (preference is given to women)

Participating Institutions
Vienna PhD School of Informatics, at Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), Vienna, Austria.

Fields of study
Fields and courses in Informatics.

The School’s curriculum is widely varied in the sense that it covers the main research areas of the Faculty of Informatics, and is not specifically related to one single research topic. In addition, it may also imply cooperation with other TU Vienna faculties.

Students have to attend the school for three years. During the first two years they have to follow courses, whereas in the third year they exclusively work on their PhD thesis. The program is a full-time one.

Students will be integrated into research groups at the beginning of the second year at the latest. Directly after admission each student will be assigned to an advisor, who, together with the student, designs a student-specific curriculum based on the overall curricula.

Number of awards
TU Vienna admits no more than 15 PhD students per year

Sponsorship duration
Duration is three (3) years

Scholarship benefits
The school is designed to facilitate the integration of industry, either by defining joint research issues, by offering workplaces (with well-defined research related tasks) during summer breaks, or by sponsoring.

A selection of the admitted students may receive a scholarship amounting to EUR 1,000 per month to cover the cost of living (subject to budgetary constraints).

Scholarships for the Vienna PhD School of Informatics are available for Austrian as well as international students. Students working at TU Vienna are encouraged to apply, up to a defined number. However, they are excluded from funding.

Method of Application
The call for applications for the study year 2013/2014 opened on 29.04.2013.
Applications must be entered using the online application on the official website (link to it is below).

The following documents have to be uploaded (all in PDF format) during the online application process:
  1. Identification Document / Passport: Provide a scanned copy (a PDF file) of the identification document you indicated in the 'Personal Information' section.
  2. Academic Degrees
  3. Summary of your diploma / master thesis: A short summary of the thesis in English (maximum 2000 characters) structured as follows: motivations of the thesis, methods of the investigations, final results.
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Motivation Letter: Please explain why you would like to join the Vienna PhD School of Informatics.
  6. English knowledge certificates (TOEFL, IELTS or CAE). These tests are NOT required of native English speakers, or if the primary language of instruction at the university attended was English. If the language of instruction was English, please submit a document confirming this.
  7. Research proposal
  8. Letters of recommendation
It is very essential to visit the official website via link provided below for detailed and complete information on this scholarship offer.

The call for applications is currently open. The closing of the call for applications is on 26.05.2013.

Interviews with pre-selected applicants is on 18-25.06.2013. Communication of acceptance to selected students is by 27.06.2013 (Note that not selected candidates will be informed at a later date). Start of the program is 1.10.2013.

The Vienna PhD School of Informatics is an international PhD School funded by the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna), the City of Vienna, and private sponsors. Students for this full-time program are recruited world-wide, all courses are held in English. The first study year of the PhD School started in October 2009.

Application Deadline: 26 May 2013
Open to International students: Yes

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