Doctoral thesis agreement

Upon approval of the PhD thesis topic by the selection committee of the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution after the public presentation, a doctoral thesis agreement has to be signed.

The student together with the supervisor will set up his/her Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC), consisting of his/her supervisor and 2 co-mentors encompassing the relevant discipline(s) of the thesis topic. The TAC shall discuss the study plan with the student and shall ensure that he/she will obtain sufficient training in all the required research areas. The PhD students will participate in the work progress seminars and the TAC shall meet with the student once a year. Feedback will be provided by the TAC and will be summarized in written form and annexed to the Annual Progress Report of the doctoral thesis project.

The Doctoral Thesis Agreement comprises the following points:

  • all participants' rights and obligations,
  • detailed description of the doctoral thesis project,
  • time schedule and specification of financial aspects,
  • extent of supervision (frequency of feedback meetings),
  • requirements that have to be fulfilled.

Besides writing the dissertation, the PhD student will have to earn study credits (e.g. through seminars, lectures etc.), in total 30 ECTS. The student together with his/her supervisor shall specify these credits to be achieved. The student is encouraged to participate in courses teaching transferable skills as well as obtaining other scientific qualifications (e.g. through presentations at conferences). Courses on transferable skills and further funding opportunities are listed for instance at the Center for Doctoral Studies of the University of Vienna. Furthermore, also the Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution will provide some travel funding for active participation in academic conferences. Courses should be chosen which suit best the doctoral candidate's research project and his/her intended professional career.


Following supplements are required as part of the doctoral thesis agreement. If these supplements have not already been handed in, this needs to be done at this stage: a) Research proposal (Exposé­), b) form "Registration of the topic of the doctoral thesis and the supervisors" (SL/D11 signed), and c) signed form "Rules and regulations of proper scientific conduct" (SL/W1), see here.