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

VDTR 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 very beginning of their doctoral training.
Our PhD students are part of a vibrant network of researchers in an international and diverse range of humanities and theologies. In this way, VDTR brings together researchers from multiple disciplines working on religions and creates an environment of interdisciplinary exchange.
In addition to facilitating intellectual networking and guidance in the dissertation process, the VDTR supports its doctoral students in acquiring skills that prepare them for the job market within and outside academia.

Our doctoral students write their dissertations in one of the following fields:

  • Aesthetics and Religion
  • Alevi Theology
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Catholic Theology
  • Eastern Christian Studies
  • Ethics and Religion
  • Islamic Studies
  • Islamic Theology
  • Jewish Studies
  • Law and Religion
  • Orthodox Theology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Protestant Theology
  • Religious Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Sociology of Religion

The VDTR is international

VDTR's function as a bridge builder is already reflected in the diversity of nationalities of our PhD student body. While 37% are Austrian citizens, 63% come from various countries within and outside of the EU.