Application Process & Timeline

The academic year at the University of Vienna starts at October 1 every year.
VGSE offers two application deadlines for every year:

  • December 1 - January 31 (first round)
  • March 1 - April 30 (second round)

All complete applications will be reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be invited for personal interviews. The interviews for first round will take place in February or March, for second round will take place in May. They can be held face-to-face, via telephone, or via Skype. The decision upon acceptance is taken shortly after the interviews.

Note that you can apply only for one of the deadlines.

How to apply

The Vienna Graduate School of Economics is part of the University of Vienna and therefore you have to apply via u:space. VGSE requires additional documents to the basic application

 Application Documents Checklist

Basic Documents for u:space upload

You can save your application and access your account anytime. Do not forget to submit the application  once it is completed.

  1. Choose "Economics/Business Administration: (Diss.Gebiet: VWL, DK: Vienna Graduate School of Economics)"
  2. Specify your supervisors: VGSE does not require you having a supervisor at the time of application. Fill in "VGSE" as supervisor 1 and specify your areas of interest.
  3. Secondary school-leaving certificate
  4. Completed degree programme
  5. Other documents and proof (words in " " correspond to the u:space drop down menu)
    • "CV"
    • "Letter of motivation" for your planned research project
    • "Description of your research" project (including research interests and methodological approach)
    • "Confirmation of Supervision" (germ. "Bereitschaftserklärung Betreuung Doktorats-/PhD KandidatIn"): upload a brief statement specifying your area of interest within VGSE and how your work corresponds to the research interests of VGSE faculty.
    • "Transcript": Diploma supplement and/or transcript of records
    • "Identity Card": scan of your passport/identification card
    • "Passport Photograph"
    • "Reading list" or syllabi (content and literature) for MSc level courses in: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and/or Econometrics
    • "GRE": upload a copy of your GRE results
    • Proof of your English skills. Use one of the following options to provide proof of your English skills:
      • Proof that English is your mother tongue
      • Previous degree in English
      • TOEFL or IELTS
      • any other equivalent certificate, not older than three years

In addition to your application on u:space send these documents directly to VGSE:

  1. GRE test result (Use the DI Code 6733, to send your test scores directly to VGSE - in addition to the u:space upload).
  2. Two recommendation letters (sent to by the referees directly)
  • All for the application process necessary documents have to be translated, if they are not issued in German or English. This translation has to be done by a court sworn translator after the documents were legalised. (more info). 
  • For questions please first consult the FAQs or contact