Welcome to the Vienna Doctoral School of Theology and Research on Religion VDTR!

Our Doctoral School promotes innovative, interdisciplinary research and offers its doctoral students the unique opportunity to pursue their research interests in a trans- and interdisciplinary framework from the beginning of their doctoral studies.

Our doctoral students are part of a vibrant network of researchers across a broad, international spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and theology. In this way, VDTR brings together researchers from diverse disciplines working on different religions, creating an environment of interdisciplinary exchange.

In the 2024 QS ranking, the subject "Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies" is ranked 21th in the world, making it the second best subject within the university of Vienna! This recognition is a testament to the high quality of education and research opportunities available to our doctoral students.

In addition to fostering regular intellectual contact and dissertation support, VDTR provides its doctoral students with opportunities to hone skills that will prepare them for the job market both inside and outside academia. Join the VDTR and become part of a dynamic, interdisciplinary community!