Fellowships & Prizes

The OeAW supports young researchers. A number of fellowships and prizes are offered to support highly qualified junior researchers in all disciplines on their way to a successful academic career.


The fellowship programmes of the OeAW are aimed at young researchers conducting doctoral research at an Austrian university or who wish to undertake a research stay abroad. Programmes such as DOC, DOC-team, MAX KADE or L’ORÉAL Austria support on average 70 to 90 outstanding junior researchers each year.

Fellowships at the OeAW


The OeAW awards prizes to researchers in recognition of outstanding scientific achievements in a variety of disciplines in the Natural and Biological Sciences, Medicine, Mathematics and the Humanities, Cultural Studies and the Social Sciences.

Prizes of the OeAW


The fellowship programmes are financed with funds of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), the City of Vienna and the Federal State of Styria and by private sponsors, foundations and companies, including the Max Kade Foundation in New York, L’ORÉAL Austria, the Austrian UNESCO Commission or the publishers Springer Verlag in Vienna.

It is in no small measure due to the generosity of private sponsors that the OeAW is able to award prizes to junior researchers. The OeAW extends its thanks to Dr. Khosrow Atefie, Dr. Alfred and Isabel Bader, Prof. Rainer Bauböck, Prof. Moritz Csáky, Elisabeth Lutz, Prof. Erich Thenius, Rosemarie Schlögl, Jane Vogl and the publishers Böhlau Verlag in Vienna.

Sponsors and foundations

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings

Each year the Lindau Foundation organises a six day meeting between thirty Nobel laureates and five hundred top young researchers from more than fifty countries. The Austrian Academy of Sciences selects the Austrian researchers. The meetings are dedicated alternately to chemistry, physics, and medicine/physiology. Every five years, the meeting is interdisciplinary in nature. Meetings in the economic sciences have taken place every five years since 2004. The programme includes lectures by Nobel laureates, plenary discussions, and workshops; moreover, the Meetings help build and intensify international networks.

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting