In 2014, the Department of Communication established its very own Research Award. It aims to support PhD students and post-docs to pursue, hone, and enhance their own international line of research. The main goal is to foster international visibility and impact of young researchers in our department. Successful recipients are given up to € 1.500 to complete a proposed research project. Award recipients are encouraged to submit the outcome of their research to international conferences and journals. Two external reviewers and two members of the selection committee are responsible for the reviewing process.

In 2020, two proposal were joint-voted as the best proposals:

Marlis Stubenvoll & Alice Binder: Is knowledge power? Investigating chilling effects as a consequence of declarative and procedural online privacy protection knowledge using browser histories

Svenja Schäfer: Hate Speech as a fuel for social disintegration? Effects of hate speech and counter speech on implicit and explicit stereotypes, social distancing and polarized attitudes

Former winners

  • 2019
    Jakob-Moritz Eberl
    & Fabienne Lind: Climate migration and climate migrants in European media coverage (joint proposal with Judith Kohlenberger, Institute for Social Policy of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU))
  • 2018
    Jakob-Moritz Eberl: Poll quality, poll credibility and potential spillover effects (joint proposal with Johann Gründl, Department of Government of the University of Vienna)
  • 2017
    Sandra Banjac: (Re-)conceptualising journalistic role conceptions through audience expectations: Considering journalists and audiences in South Africa
    Desirée Schmuck: 'Do Muslims hate us?' Effects of repetitive exposure to anti-Muslim political mobilization on young Muslims’ hostility and support for violent action over time
  • 2016
    Brigitte Naderer: Long-term effects of product placement disclosures
    Wolfgang Weitzl: The complex interplay between message ambiguity, valence and source credibility: The online customer review case
  • 2015
    Kathrin Karsay & Desirée Schmuck: 'Weak, sad, and lazy fatties'. The effects of reality weight loss TV shows on adolescents' explicit and implicit stereotypes toward obese people (joint proposal)
  • 2014
    Franziska Marquart: The effects of racist stereotypes in anti-racism campaigns on implicit and explicit attitudes
    Brian Weeks: (Mis)information sharing: How anxiety accelerates the spread of inaccurate information within social media