Graduiertenzentrum - Graduate Center


#7 Newsletter Graduate Center


We are pleased to present our upcoming events and new collaborations for the next months and inform you about further opportunities of interest for early-stage researchers. First, we are still looking for new Doc-Buddies. Therefore, we extended the deadline to August 31st and would be very happy and thankful, if some of mdw's more experienced doctoral students would be motivated in taking on this task.


 We are looking for Doc-Buddies

The Graduate Center is looking for new Doc-Buddies. The programme is designed to help new doctoral students arrive at the mdw and to welcome them during their first weeks at their new university. Doc-Buddies are contact persons for new doctoral students, introduce them to other doctoral students, show them around campus and other important places in the area, and help them get off to a good start. If you are interested in becoming a buddy or need more information, please contact Lea Rizzi Ladinser until 31st of August 2023.

 Welcome Day for new doctoral students

In order to get first information and orientation, the Graduate Center invites all doctoral students new to the mdw (and the ones, who couldn't make it last year) to our Welcome Day on October 6th 2023 in the afternoon. We are very much looking forward to this event, please save the date and register via

Workshop University Teaching at the mdw

Since early-stage researchers are often involved in university teaching, the Graduate Center has consulted with mwd's university didactics department to offer training in this area as well. Caroline Ebel, expert in university didactics, teacher in the field of music didactics, supervisor and coach, has developed a comprehensive programme: University didactics workshop on group teaching. The course is aimed at newcomers to university teaching and at teachers who would like to further develop their pedagogical expertise (in German only). Registration open until 29th of September 2023.

Mental Health and Well-Being in Academia

We are very glad to have Desiree Dickersona former postdoctoral researcher in the neurosciences and a clinical psychologist, to present a 2-day workshop from 16th-17th of November 2023 on the topic of Mental Health and Well Being in Academia. The workshop, organized in cooperation with the Human Resources Development - Center for Further Education, will focus specifically on early-stage researchers, addressing challenges such as stress, anxiety and burnout, as well as improving work-life balance. More information on registration will be available soon, those interested should please save the date. 

FWF START-Programme

The aim of the START-Programme is the promotion of outstanding researchers from all disciplines at the beginning of their academic career. If you have at least two and at most eight years of postdoctoral experience and have already produced academic work of a top international standard or if your academic careers to date make it likely that they will continue to perform first-rate research in the future you can apply for a budget of at least €800.000 up to €1.2 million for your research project. Applications can be submitted via the electronic application portal elane until September 20th 2023 (2 pm CEST).

mdw Scholarships

The mdw is offering two scholarships intended to support outstanding dissertations at the mdw. They aim is to support early-stage researchers at a doctoral level and artistic researchers within the framework of the Dr. Artium programme. You can apply for the Scholarship for Doctor Artium or the Doctoral Scholarship until September 26th 2023.


We hope that these offers are interesting for you and that you will take advantage of the possibilities. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We wish you a relaxing summer break.



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Studiendekanat für wissenschaftliche Studien
Nikolaus Urbanek, Hanna Brinkmann, Lea Rizzi Ladinser, Sandra Smekal
mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
A-1030 Wien