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Open Innovation in Science.

The PhD Fellowship Program

This exclusive PhD Fellowship Program in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Society provides PhD candidates with support in methodology and up to € 5,000 to help fund your dissertation.

To directly benefit society through research and, at the same time, increase research output, bringing academia and science together with the wider community is essential. In the future, when it comes to addressing the complexity of today's challenges, grasping them in their entirety, and generating new innovations that add value to society, expertise beyond the academic realm will be more important than ever before. Open Innovation in Science refers to opening up research processes to the community and increasing the impact research has on the community. In cooperation with the Ludwig Bolzmann Society, the JKU is pursuing this ides with the Open Innovation in Science Impact Lab "The Future We Want!" initiative.


The Fellowship Program aims to support PhD candidates in opening up their research to a wider community and apply the Open Innovation in Science approach to their individual dissertation. We would like to encourage active citizen involvement as part of the research process. The Fellows benefit from support in methodology, etc. provided by experienced mentors at the Ludwig Boltzmann Society, a maximum of € 5,000 in financial support (to, for example, conduct workshops, attend conferences, for dissertation material...), and opportunities to attend a series of workshops and networking events.

The program is open to all doctoral candidates in any major enrolled in a PhD program at the JKU, and in any year of their degree program.

Open Innovation in Science.


March - October 2023


A PhD Fellowship Program for doctoral candidates in all majors at the JKU about Open Innovation in Science.


All actively enrolled PhD candidates in all majors at the JKU


German and English


The Fellowship Program is worth 3 ECTS credits. In addition, upon successful completion of the program, Fellows will receive a certificate of participation.

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Syllabus & Dates

Patricia Stark / JKU x LBG
Christiane Grill & Thomas Palfinger / LBG OIS Center

Location: LIT Open Innovation Center/ Ground Floor Seminar Room

  • Introductions
  • Introduction to content in Open Innovation in Science
  • Refining a roadmap of your project

Featuring: Patricia Stark / JKU x LBG

Location: LIT Open Innovation Center

  • Warm-up to the Citizen Science Conference
  • Breakfast together with students in the elective course of the same name

Exclusive participation at the JKU's Austrian Citizen Science Conference.

Click here to learn more about the schedule and program.

Featuring: Mathieu Mahve-Beydokhti / Ludwig Boltzmann Society

Workshop: The Theory of Change / How do I ensure that my research project generates impact?

Featuring: Patricia Stark & the Ludwig Boltzmann Society

Location: Vienna / Ludwig Boltzmann Society
(travel costs will be covered)

  • Input by Susanne Beck / LBG
  • Conversation with LBG mentors

Featuring: Thomas Palfinger / LBG OIS Center

Location: LIT Open Innovation Center

Workshop: How to Obtain Additional Funding to Support Open Innovation in Science?

Information about Registration and Taking Part



In an effort to streamline the application process, we have divided the procedure into two steps:

Step #1: Use the link below to submit your application by February 20, 2023
Submit a brief, concise, and informative text telling us why you would like to be considered for the Fellowship program and the added value it will have for your dissertation.

Step #2: Take part in an advising/consultation appointment by February 24, 2023
We will schedule individual advising/consultation appointments with applicants via Zoom (by no later than CW 8) to learn more about your proposal, provide immediate feedback, and clarify any questions you may have..

  • Restricted number of participants.
  • Application deadline: February 20, 2023
  • Decisions will be rendered by February 28, 2023. You will be notifited by e-mail.

    The selection process will be conducted together with the Open Innovation Center at the Ludwig Boltzmann Society. In addition to the project's relevance in support of Open Innovation in Science, there will be special consideration to ensure the group is as diverse and interdisciplinary as possible.


  • You must be actively enrolled in a PhD program at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.
  • The course will take place in-person and on-site.
  • If you have been selected to be part of the Fellowship Program, you will need to formally submit a short proposal (approx. 600 words), a budget & a timeline by no later than the end of April 2023 (a template will be provided). By then, you will have received information about the topic of Open Innovation in Science, met your mentor and will have a better idea of how OIS can enhance your research.
  • At the end of the project, but by no later than October 31, 2023, you will be required to submit a short, final report.


All of the funded activities must be directly related to your PhD dissertation and must include stakeholder involvement. See: Kaisler & Missbach (2019), opens an external URL in a new window and Wellcome, opens an external URL in a new window to learn more and for suggestions as to how to include stakeholders in your research.

Eligible activities include those in which scholars/scientists and stakeholders work together as equals to jointly design, implement, and/or disseminate the project. Funded activities may include, for example, hackathons, (gamified) crowdsourcing, co-creating workshops, patient advisory boards, citizens' juries, group discussions, or holding a World Cafés.

Funding is not available for activities in which stakeholders are solely study subjects (i.e., clinical trial participants).

Applicable costs (up to a max. of € 5,000) include:

  • Honoraria (for example, in terms of compensating stakeholders for their time, or services rendered to conduct the activity, such as facilitating workshops, designing surveys, analyzing data)

  • Expenses for travel and lodging ( i.e., second class on public transportation, overnight accommodations)

  • Non-personnel costs (i.e. catering, printing expenses, taking out ads, renting space, communication software, such as Slack, Asana, etc., small equipment such as digital recorders, video cameras, etc.)

Non-applicable costs include:

  • Personnel costs by PhD students and/or faculty members

  • Sub-contracts relating to scholarly activities

  • Patent and/or licensing costs

  • Software to conduct research

  • Research and office infrastructure (such as microscopes, laptops, printers, etc.)

Speakers and Mentors

Experts at the JKU and from the Ludwig Boltzmann Society

The 2023 Austrian Citizen Science Conference

Exciting workshops, lightning round talks, and events. Conference participation is exclusive for those in the course.

Open Innovation in Science Impact Lab "The Future We Want!"

A JKU Project and Initative