Completion Grants

The Vienna Doctoral School for Ecology and Evolution (VDSEE) invites applications for completion grants, aiming to support doctoral students in their final phase of their doctoral studies beyond their current thesis funding. The doctoral candidates should complete and submit their doctoral thesis within the funding period.

VDSEE plans to open two Calls a calendar year, respectively November and March.

2022 March Call is closed

Application Guidelines


Funding Scheme

  • 6 months for graduate students with 4-year contracts or other funding
  • 12 months* for graduate students with 3-year contracts or other funding
    [* Completion grant of 12 months has to be consumed due to legal situation over two calendar years, e.g. June - May (November calls) or July - June (March calls).]
  • Amount: monthly fellowship of € 1.100,-, plus study fee of € 363,36 + student health insurance of € 63,44/month (see

Eligibility / Candidate Assessment Criteria

  • You and your main supervisor are members of the VDSEE (Code of Good Practices is signed).
  • You have successfully passed the public presentation at the Faculty, signed the doctoral thesis agreement and submitted the annual progress reports.
  • At the time of the application, approximately two thirds of your doctoral thesis should be finalised and you will start the grant latest 6 months after submission deadline of specific call applied for.
  • You can convincingly show that your doctoral thesis will be completed and submitted within the duration of the grant.
  • You have an excellent study record (manifested in duration of studies and grades) and provide evidence of relevant academic activities (talks, conference presentations, publications, etc.)

Minimum requirements for publications

  • If you have 3-year contract: at least 1 paper as first author published or accepted in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • If you have a 4-year contract: at least 1 paper published in a peer-reviewed journal and 1 paper under review.

Required Documents

  • Application (max. 5 pages) including
    • Abstract (1,000–2,000 characters without spaces)
    • Summary of already accomplished highlights of your thesis work (including a tabular overview of chapters and information about the completion status of each chapter)
    • Future work and time plan with a convincing explanation of how your scientific output and results would benefit from this grant, as well as a convincing explanation that you can complete your thesis within the requested funding period.
    • References/bibliography
  • Your scientific CV including publication list, broken into publications part of your PhD studies and others, and into reviewed and non-reviewed. (max. 2 pages)
  • Your supervisor’s Letter of Support (LoS) assessing your performance and the feasibility of thesis completion within grant period. Furthermore, the list of papers published by the applicant during his/her PhD studies has to be included in the LoS. The LoS has to be signed by the supervisor.
  • Transcript of records (“Sammelzeugnis”), and annual reports.

All application documents (except transcript of records) are to be written in English.

Application: Please send your application as a single pdf file (surname_completiongrant_call.03.2022.pdf) by email to Only complete applications that fulfil all formal criteria will be assessed. It is not possible to add or alter the documents once the application has been submitted.

Selection: Grants will be awarded competitively on the basis of the submitted documents and within the financial limits of the VDSEE budget. The awardees will be selected by a committee consisting of members of the Doctoral School. Members of the committee have confirmed that there is no conflict of interest.

Decision: about 4 weeks after submission deadline

Earliest start: 2 months after submission deadline

Call November 2021

Otto Monge Solano, MSc

Zhiqing Xue, MSc

Call March 2021

Dott. Dott. mag. Manuel Amadori
  • Thesis title: Evolutionary history and palaeobiology of the extinct elasmobranch shark, †Ptychodus
  • Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Geol. Dr. Jürgen Kriwet, Department of Palaeontology
Tatiana Lebedeva (Bagaeva)
Faviel Alejandro López Romero
  • Thesis title: Developmental Modules in Elasmobranch Fishes: In search for homologies, homoplasies, and novelties
  • Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Geol. Dr. Jürgen Kriwet, Department of Palaeontology
David Andres Salamanca Diaz, MSc
  • Thesis title: Hox and ParaHox gene expression in the quagga mussel, Dreissena rostriformis
  • Supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Wanninger, Department of Evolutionary Biology
Philipp Weber, BSc MSc    
Shuang Zhang

Call of December 2020

Kirsten Mandl, MSc, BSc
  • Dissertation: Corpse treatment in prehistoric and early historic central Europe: detecting histotaphonomic signatures of mortuary customs through osteobiography, archaeothanatology, and histotaphonomy.
  • Supervisors: HR A.o. Univ.Prof. Dr. Maria Teschler-Nicola, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology; Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Martin Grassberger, and Univ.-Doz. Dr. Estella Weiss-Krejci.