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PhD programme in Interdisciplinary International Studies

‘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 genny.chiarandon@da-vienna.ac.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".

Fees *
EUR 13,300, financial assistance possible (download request form)
* applies to the first stage of the programme, entry 2019-20
Programme Start
next intake to be confirmed by January 2019
Admission closed
Applicants have to submit the following documents via email to phd-programme@da-vienna.ac.at:
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.
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 phd-programme@da-vienna.ac.at or via regular mail to:
Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
Registrar's Office
Favoritenstraße 15a
1040 Vienna

5. Proof of competence in English

ATTENTION: Application deadline will be announced by January 2019!


Henry Ngo-Sytchev

T +43 1 505 72 72-125

E application@da-vienna.ac.at