UQ - Vienna Research Exchange

The University of Queensland and University of Vienna, Austria, have established a research exchange program for PhD students. As highly ranked institutions, and research partners, the exchange program aims to strengthen research linkages and provide opportunities for PhD students from each university to extend and enhance their graduate research work.

Key program details
  • UQ PhD candidates participating in the research exchange will be enrolled at University of Vienna for stays of 3 - 12 months. 
  • Research exchange students are not charged tuition fees, however other administrative fees may apply.
  • Exchange candidates will have supervision at the host university and, for the period of the visit, access to the library, laboratory, and other resources comparable to locally-enrolled doctoral candidates.
  • Exchange candidate's progression, thesis supervision and examination will remain the principal responsibility of the home institution.
  • At the completion of the exchange program, exchange candidates will be provided with a joint University of Vienna-UQ certificate confirming their participation in the research exchange program, but will not be awarded a joint/double degree or academic transcript. 
Training requirements

The host chair/institute will provide candidates with the required health and safety orientation.


In order to be eligible for the program the applicant must:

  • be currently enrolled as a PhD student in good standing at UQ.
  • be a confirmed PhD student.
  • not have any outstanding milestones.
  • be endorsed by your supervisor.
  • have found a host supervisor at University of Vienna.


Outgoing UQ Exchange students can apply for the Candidate Travel Award of up to $10,000 to support their studies at Vienna University. 

Contact the UQ Graduate School for details graduateschool@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3366 0503.

How to apply

  1. You should contact one of University of Vienna's Schools/Institutes to discuss your interest in visiting University of Vienna as a research exchange candidate and determine if there is a suitable advisor for you.
  2. Once the School/Institute invites you to apply, you will need to send the following documents to the UQ Graduate School, graduateschool@uq.edu.au, +61 7 3366 0503.
  3. Upon approval of the application, University of Vienna will issue an offer letter.
Important dates
Round  Applications open Applications Close Outcomes published
1 Monday 5 February Sunday 4 March Monday 26 March
2 Monday 16 April Sunday 20 May Monday 11 June
3 Monday 30 July Sunday 2 September Monday 1 October

It is preferred that candidates begin their research exchange in January or July/August. 

  • Candidates applying for a January start should apply in Round 3.
  • Candidates applying for a July/August start should apply in Rounds 1 or 2.

Getting to Vienna and settling in

Getting to Vienna

We highly recommend you to visit the University of Vienna International Office website to familiarise yourself with visa, arrival details and other key information about living and studying in Austria.


Information on accommodation options is available here