Supervision at the VDTR

The establishment of the Vienna Doctoral School of Theology and Research on Religion is part of a university-wide initiative to offer more structured doctoral programs. The VDTR is currently (as of 09.05.22) one of 15 Doctoral Schools at the University of Vienna. The VDTR prides itself on its explicitly interdisciplinary orientation.
The VDTR was established on the initiative of the Research Center "Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society" (RaT) as a joint project of the Center and the faculties of Protestant Theology and Catholic Theology. After preliminary work by an interdisciplinary team to develop the school's profile and governance structure, the school started to operate on 1 July 2021.

VDTR attaches great importance to:

  • recruiting highly qualified, international doctoral students
  • ensuring its PhD students receive an excellent professional education and supporting them in building professional networks
  • promoting the exchange of doctoral students and supervisors within the institutes and across institute boundaries.

All University of Vienna staff (employed at 50% or more) with habilitation (venia docendi) and working in a theological or religious research discipline can join the VDTR. Supervisors participating in the VDTR must agree to uphold the Code of Good Practice for Doctoral Schools and be ready to participate in the activities organized by the Doctoral School.

Interested individuals can download the relevant agreement here, sign it and send it to together with keywords on their research interests. If you are not working at the University of Vienna, please contact the administration via the e-mail address above. We will be happy to check the option of membership.