PhaNuSpo Completion Grant

The Vienna Doctoral School of Pharmaceutical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences (PhaNuSpo) invites applications for completion grants, aiming to support PhD students in the final phase beyond their current thesis funding.

Calls PhaNuSpo Completion Grant

  • Application deadlines: to be announced soon
  • Decision to be expected: 4-6 weks after submission deadline
  • Earliest start of grant: dependent on contractual situation (info to follow), but earliest on 1st of calendar month two weeks after communication of decision

Funding Scheme

  • Duration: up to 6 months
  • Amount: 1.100 Euro/month scholarship (+ one semester study fee of€ 363,36 + health insurance of € 64,78 (value 2022))
  • Please note that consumables required for experiments are not covered by this grant, and that the grant will terminate as soon as your thesis is handed in.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You and your main supervisor are members of VDS PhaNuSpo (i.e. signed Code of Good Practice for Doctoral Schools).
  • Your scientific work is expected to significantly profit by the add-on time.
  • You will start the grant after your funding has expired and plan to submit your thesis latest one month after the grant has finished.

Required Documents

  • Your scientific CV including publication list (max. 2 pages).
  • Application letter stating aim and already accomplished highlights of your thesis work (max. 3 pages), detailed future work and time plan with a convincing explanation of how your scientific output would profit by the expected results and that you can hand in your thesis in the given time frame (max. 3 pages), plus references.
  • Supporting statement of your supervisor (taking into account your performance, anticipated impact of the grant, expected defense date as well as a positive statement on the available coverage of arising experimental costs).
  • Transcript of records and annual reports.

If interested and eligible, please send your application document in one pdf file (name_completion.pdf) by email to Only complete applications will be considered for the review process.


Grants will be distributed competitively on basis of submitted documents and within the financial limits. The awardees will be nominated by a jury of unbiased PIs (= w/o own candidate) from the respective disciplines in our school.Points (0-3) will be given for the following criteria:

  • Current project status
  • Clarity and feasibility of proposed work plan till thesis submissio
  • Supervisor support
  • Academic achievements (i.e. publications, conference presentations) and study record (duration of studies, timely submission of annual reports etc.)


The final scholarship is approved on the condition that you do not have any employment contract at the University of Vienna. Scholarships obtained unlawfully must be repaid. If you receive other funding for the same research purpose (for your dissertation project), you are obliged to inform the VDS PhaNuSpo in writing. This scholarship does not establish an employment relationship with the University of Vienna and thus the recipient is him-/herself responsible for health insurance and taxation.

Call 2021: fellowship holders are

  • Ermira Krasniqi Boshnjaku, Nutritional Sciences, 03-08/2021
  • Lucia Gaßner, Sport Science: 04-09/2021
  • Patrick A. Zöhrer, Nutritional Sciences: 05-09/2021
  • Margherita Miele, Pharmaceutical Sciences: 07-12/2021
  • Hengxi Zhang, Pharmaceutical Sciences: 12/2021-05/2021