The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) is an independent, interdisciplinary center of advanced studies in the life and sustainability sciences in Klosterneuburg (Austria, close to Vienna). Our Resident Writing-Up Fellowship is awarded to excellent doctoral students at the final stage of their PhD. We offers generous financial and career support for our fellows, including stipend, relocation allowance, and travel budgets, to enable them to work independently on research projects while supervised by their advisor in their home institutes.

We look forward to receiving applications especially, but not exclusively, from the following research areas: social-ecological research, innovation research, inter and transdisciplinary sustainability research, transformation and transition research, environmental humanities, environmental history, and environmental ethics, geography, environmental economics, political economy, history, philosophy, and social studies of environmental and sustainability research.

As “A Home to Theory that Matters,” the KLI privileges theoretical, conceptual, and formal as well as philosophical, historical, and reflexive work in the life and sustainability sciences. Thus, the 5 fellowships are especially well-suited for two categories of late-stage PhD students:

  • Those who have completed empirical research and wish to use the Writing-up Fellowship to elaborate on the (conceptual, epistemological, and methodological) underpinnings and implications of their work.
  • Those whose research deals with the historical, philosophical, and conceptual foundations of sustainability research at the science/society interface.


  • Please submit a statement of motivation through our contact form by Jan. 30, 2020
  • We will invite selected applicants to send in a full application by Feb. 29, 2020

Expected starting date of the fellowship: Sep. 2020 (duration: 3-6 months)

Learn more and apply here.