The faculty members (board) consist of seven researchers (in alphabetical order) from five different departments at three different academic institutions: University of Vienna and the TU Wien. All participating researchers are well known expert in their fields and possess experience in (post)graduate education. Six of them have been involved in a structured PhD program financed by the University of Vienna which ended in December 2014.

The Scientific Coordinater is a Post Doc researcher who act as liaison officer between faculty members, doctoral students and guest lecturers, who complements research areas pursued at VGSCO and will conduct original research independently. The coordinator participates in the Graduate School’s teaching, research and administrative activities and contributes to linking the Graduate School with the national and international scientific community, cooperating with other academic departments and institutions and supporting PhD students. Among the duties is administrating the series of guest lectures and workshops and activel participation in the selection process of Visiting Professors.

There are eight PhD students (collegiates) in the program who receive a funding from the FWF, each of them is supervised by one or more faculty member. 

Other PhD candidates who are not regular collegiates may be accepted as associate collegiates. These candidates are selected according to the same procedure as the regular collegiates but their basic financing comes from other sources. Usually they are associated via their field of research and/or working group.