Scholarship Early Post Doc Applications 2022

Deadline: Tuesday, Jan 25, 2022, 11:00am

The Scholarship for Early Post Doc Applications aims to support early postdocs in the application for their initial postdoctoral research project. This scholarship enables the intensive preparation of a project proposal, which will be submitted with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as the home institution to funding agencies like FWF (ESPRIT funding program) or OeAW (APART GSK funding program) in the end. This call is open to all postdocs.

Funding for:
  • Early postdocs: Please read the eligibility criteria of the respective funding bodies and programs carefully. For OeAW APART GSK it is possible to submit up to a maximum of three years after receipt of the doctorate, for FWF ESPRIT up to a maximum of five years. That means when submitting for our Scholarship for Early Post Doc Applications you should not have received your doctorate more than two respectively four years ago (depending on the funding program).
  • Postdocs with at least two international and quality-assured publications in line with high international standards (minimum when submitting: accepted).
  • The applicants should convincingly convey that the successful finalization of the application is possible during the fellowship.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.
  • The fellowship begins upon award and can be sourced over a period of six months.
  • Coaching is offered within the framework of the accompanying program for the scholarship; joint participation is obligatory for both the applicant and the mentor. This coaching especially focuses on a career and mentoring plan and is adjusted on the respective funding program.
  • The payment of the scholarship is linked to milestones. The amount is paid out in three installments, which are linked to the completion of the coaching (1st installment), the submission of a career and mentoring plan (2nd installment), and the submission of the project application to the funding body (3rd installment).

The following documents need to be uploaded:

  • Draft of your project (max. five pages, plus one additional page reference list, structured according to the proposal structure of the selected postdoctoral funding program, PDF)
  • Abstract of your project idea (max ½ a page, PDF)
  • CV, including publication list and further research achievements (max. three pages)
  • Detailed work and time plan until the submission of the project application (max. two pages). Applicants must clearly demonstrate that the work on a project proposal can be successfully completed within the funding period of the scholarship.
  • Certificate of Ph.D. degree
  • A mentor's confirmation (filled in and signed PDF template). The choice of a mentor is an important step for new collaborations and in opening up new contexts. Therefore, reviewers usually recommend not choosing the dissertation supervisor as a mentor. APlease use the following template: confirmation-form_mentor.pdf [1012.24 KB]
Amount of the scholarship

Overall, two fellowships can be awarded. The total amount of the fellowship is € 4.500,-- each and will be paid in three installments.

The scholarship must be repaid in full in the event that it is drawn in breach of the guidelines.


Tuesday 25th January 2022, 11:00 am (via submission website)

Criteria for the awarding and decision-making process
  • All applications will run through a peer review process, where two expert reports will be prepared. A jury decides on the awarding of the scholarship.
  • The application is formally checked by Art | Research | Support.
  • External reviewers examine the application with regard to innovation, originality, and quality of the research project in an international research context, the stringency of the chosen methods and their feasibility, the applicant's previous academic curriculum vitae, as well as how the offered mentoring will have a positive impact on the productivity and development of the applicant’s career. Two written expert reports will be prepared for each scholarship application. They include these criteria as well as an assessment of the expected success of the project application submitted to the funding program.
  • The jury is composed of the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, an internal representation of the Academy, and an external representative person from the funding agency landscape. This jury will examine the quality of the entire application as well as the feasibility of completing the project application for submission to a funding program. The formal check of Art | Research | Support as well as the external expert reviews serve as the basis for the jury's decision.
  • The decision meeting of the jury is expected to take place at the beginning of May 2022. There is no legal entitlement to the award of the scholarship.

The applicants will be informed by email about the results of the selection procedure after the meeting of the jury.

Incomplete and not timely delivered submissions cannot be considered for funding. With the electronic submission, I confirm the completeness and correctness of the given information. I agree to participate at the accompanying program for the scholarship, which requires partial presence in Vienna.

If you have any questions regarding the call for applications, please contact the Art | Research | Support team (, +43 1 588 16-1115).

For further information please contact Julia Preisker (


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