All VIP2 fellows will be hired under full-time employment contracts (40h) by the host institute. All four participating institutions follow the salary scheme of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austria's central funding organization for basic research. According to this scheme in 2019 each fellow receives a yearly gross salary of 50.772,4 EUR paid in 14 instalments (12 months plus one Christmas and one holiday bonus, according to Austrian law).  The above numbers represent the minimum compensation per fellow per year. The participating institutes may have specific internal rules that enable higher salaries.



Social Contributions

  • All VIP2 employment contracts include a full health insurance plan that can be extended to children and unemployed partners
  • Social security includes fully paid maternity leave (16 weeks), possibility of paid parental leave (up to 24 months), pension contribution, and accident insurance
  • Families receive additional support for each child (“Familienbeihilfe”) that ranges from 110 – 170 EUR per month per child, depending on the age of the child
  • Tax deductions apply to single-income families

Relocation Costs

Mechanisms are in place to contribute to the relocation costs of the fellows. 

Additional Support for Research Projects

All four institutes are committed to support the individual VIP2 research projects through direct research costs. The average research support per VBC postdoc is currently 12.000 EUR per year, which is equivalent to the competitive Austrian fellowship programs (FWF, Lise Meitner, and Hertha Firnberg programs). In addition, the fellows will be supported to attend at least two international conferences during their fellowship.