PhD Program in Interdisciplinary International Studies 2017, University of Vienna, Austria

About the program

‘Interdisciplinary International Studies’ (IIS) is a four-year programme jointly organised by the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA) and the University of Vienna. The new programme is open to graduates (Master degree) who wish to pursue a research project linking at least two of the four disciplines legal studies, political science, international economics and history.

The target group of the programme comprises particularly qualified graduates who wish to work on an interdisciplinary topic under the guidance of academics from the chosen areas of study. The interdisciplinary character of this Doctoral Programme is based on the combination of at least two of the four disciplines – legal studies, political science, international economics and history – in an academic research thesis project. For further information please contact the DA’s registrar at

During the first year (aka ‘prep year’) the students develop further their research and presentation skills while attending various seminars and courses. After developing their research proposal with the benefit of regular feedback of their supervisors, students start the second year of the programme and move onto the second stage.

Please find a joint faculty list of potential supervisors of the University of Vienna/Diplomatic Academy of Vienna under “Downloads”.

Eligible Country: International

Host Country: Australia

Study Level: PhD

Opportunities: Scholarships


Applicants have to submit the following documents by 31 March 2017 via email to
1. CV/resumé
2. A research prospectus* (15 pages) which should include:

i. motivation
ii. the research question
iii. the methodological approach
iv. data sources and bibliographical references
* This prospectus represents the starting point for the development of the final research proposal. It would be advisable to include a legal component in the research project since the main cooperation partner is the International Legal Studies PhD programme of the University of Vienna.

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3. Previous academic qualifications (final diploma and academic transcript of records)
4. Three reference letters
Reference letters must be submitted by the referees via email to or via regular mail to:
Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
Registrar’s Office
Favoritenstraße 15a
1040 Vienna

5. Proof of competence in English

First stage at the DA: the “Prep Year”

Students complete a number of core courses focused on methodology, theory and research design including a survey of the fields pertaining to the thesis exposé.

Additionally, they attend a wide range of research seminars, conferences and workshops related to their specific interdisciplinary research project. The first stage of the doctoral programme (prep year) aims at the preparation of the thesis exposé which is to be submitted for approval to the dissertation committee of the related doctoral programmes. In addition, students are supported in their search for supervisors for their research topic who will support them in designing the exposé to be submitted to the faculty for approval.

Core elements:

  • Regular meetings with the supervisors (at least once a month)
  • Seminars on methodology and theory
  • Practical skills seminars (focusing on research project presentations and project design)
  • Extensive reading courses
  • Optional courses on specific areas of study related to the planned doctoral project
  • Complementary courses in the second discipline (e.g. introduction to law)

ECTS: 60 credits

The second stage of the doctoral programme

The second stage of the IIS Programme lasts three years and is organised in accordance with the statutes of the University of Vienna and the curricula offered by one of the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies or the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies. The research proposal, designed during the first year, has to be presented to and approved by the respective doctoral committee. Students undertake a limited amount of coursework and focus on writing their thesis. The doctoral thesis should be completed by the end of the third year.

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For more information click “Further official information” below.

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