UQ-Vienna Research Exchange for University of Vienna students

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

  • Doctoral candidates participating in the research exchange will be enrolled at UQ 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 UQ 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. 


The University of Vienna-UQ Research Exchange is open to University of Vienna doctoral candidates from all disciplines. In order to be eligible for the program the applicant must: 

  • have the approval/support from the University of Vienna supervisor
  • have found a supervisor at UQ 
  • have attained the equivalent of UQ’s confirmation milestone (at least 12 months in to the program)
  • meet UQ’s English language proficiency requirements. If you are unable to provide test results please contact the research exchange representative listed below.

How to apply

  1. You should contact one of UQ's Schools/Institutes to discuss your interest in visiting UQ 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 complete an Application for Research Study Exchange form and write a motivation letter, as well as include all necessary supporting documentation. Send this to graduateschool@uq.edu.au
  3. Upon approval of the application, the UQ Graduate School will issue an offer letter and package.
Application Deadline

There are four preferred intakes each year in January, April, July and October. Please try to apply 2~3 months ahead of your preferred start date. Longer may be required depending on your visa applciation. 

our institute exchange representative is Allison O'Reilly allison.oreilly@univie.ac.at.