Exchange in Doctoral Programmes

Application Process for Incoming PhD Candidates on Exchange

Step 1:

We consider if the PhD project fits into the University of Applied Arts Vienna. This includes the motivation and the language skills of applicants as well as the availability of study places and possible guest-supervisors. The selection process does not include a judgement on the artistic-scientific value of your work. The decision upon applications lies with the coordinators of our doctoral programmes at Zentrum Fokus Forschung.

There is no specific deadline for an application for our PhD-exchange, but we expect you to apply at least three months before the beginning of the next semester. Please apply via email to Wiebke Miljes,

Required Documents:

  • Exposé of the respective PhD-project (1-3 pages)
  • Letter of Motivation incl. suggestions of one or more guest-PhD-supervisor(s) at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
  • Information concerning the PhD-process: date of enrollment for the PhD-programme, projected end of the PhD-project, name(s) of the supervisor(s) at your home institution
  • Curriculum Vitae (incl. publications)


Step 2:

After you have received a confirmation by the coordinators of the doctoral programmes, please get in touch with the International Office: Veronika Merklein,
The International Office is going to need the following details to get you into the pipeline of our incoming student process

Nomination by the International Office of your home university including the following information:

  • Last name & first name
  • Date & place of birth
  • Sex (f|m|d)
  • Citizenship
  • Home address
  • Telephone
  • Email address
  • Field of study at home university
  • Department and guest-supervisor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
  • Current semester
  • Exchange semester (winter|summer|whole year)

After you have been nominated, you will receive further information from the International Office of the University of Applied Arts Vienna about admission, housing, etc.