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Austrian science fund receives €18 million boost for doctoral training

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) has received an extra €18 million from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF) to expand its doctoral education programmes.

The funds will be allocated to universities by the FWF to allow departments with established scientific excellence to develop structured doctoral programs.

“With the additional 18 million euros, the FWF will create up to 100 new jobs for graduate students as part of doctoral programs and thus about 100 new jobs for young scientists,” said science and research minister Karlheinz Töchterle, in a statement. “I see this as a strong impetus for the development of excellent research by young people in Austria and the strengthening of research priorities at the universities.”

There are currently 32 training centres in operation in Austria, with 379 four-year doctoral places that are directly funded by FWF. The programme has received €90.7 million in total, since it began in 2004.