Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Austria


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7 Fulbright Study/Research Grants

Grant Period:

9 months

October 1 to June 30, beginning with an orientation in Vienna in late September


Candidate Profile:

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered, including graduate-level students and PhD candidates. Applications are also welcome from musicians enrolled in performance programs; students in the natural sciences and/or engineering whose projects may require extensive lab time; or selected volunteer and service projects requiring extensive time on-site. Four Fulbright-Mach awards funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research are specifically designated for PhD candidates.

Candidates who are graduating seniors or have recently completed their undergraduate degrees may apply for full-time research and study grants, but should note that, due to the limited number of grants in this category, and competition with candidates of more advanced academic standing, competition is rigorous every year. Therefore, they are advised to apply for the grants combined with English teaching assistantships, as noted below. Individuals who have applied for, but who are not selected for, full-time research grants may – at the discretion of the Fulbright Commission in Austria – alternatively be considered for a grant combined with a teaching assistantship.

The Austrian-American Educational Commission reviews project proposals for their coherence and quality, and also takes into account their ability to ultimately contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding between the people of Austria and the United States.  It is especially, but by no means exclusively, interested in the promotion of Austrian studies or grant proposals that enhance Austrian-American collaboration.


Ineligibility:

Applicants proposing study or research in medicine or veterinary medicine will not be considered.

 


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended.

Level: Intermediate to advanced proficiency in spoken and written German 

2 - 3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: German language proficiency is necessary to fulfill the Fulbright Program's bilateral mandate of promoting mutual understanding, for negotiating the challenges of everyday life, and is also required by universities for admission. As a rule, university courses are taught in German, although an increasing number of courses are offered in English. A "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a qualified language instructor" are also required. These are available on the Embark on-line application system. 


Fulbright Proposal Type :

Study/Research Proposals: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No. While Fulbright grantees in Austria are enrolled in their local universities, it is not recommended that a Fulbright grantee seek to earn an Austrian university degree.


Affiliation:

All grantees, including PhD candidates, must be fully matriculated at accredited public universities in Austria to facilitate tuition remission, health insurance, the use of libraries and archives, etc. The AAEC facilitates university enrollment at the applicant’s preferred university.

Applicants should identify the individuals and institutions that will provide on-site guidance and include letters of affiliation. Invitations are absolutely necessary for full-time research and study awards, and should indicate how candidates will be anchored at the institutions.


Affiliation/ Tuition Fees:

The AAEC facilitates university enrollment at the applicant’s preferred university, and the Austrian government provides for the waiver of tuition fees.

The AAEC does not cover tuition costs for enrollment at private institutions of higher education or other programs of advanced study in Austria that do not waive tuition fees.

 


Music and Fine Arts Applicants:

Admission procedures at Austrian institutions of music and the arts vary. Universities of music and the arts may require auditions and/or entrance examinations, along with submission of a portfolio. Instruction is frequently still based on “master classes” where professors select and train students for an extended period. Therefore, applicants are required to have established contact with Austrian music and/or art professors before applying for a grant and must solicit invitations to study with them.

Applicants should inquire about audition and/or admission requirements and dates well in advance. Candidates may be required to travel to Austria at their own expense to audition (as early as February) or may be admitted without auditions as exchange students, provided they have corresponding invitations.  The AAEC offers grants for musicians contingent upon university acceptance and enrollment, and does not provide awards based exclusively on private study. Auditions at universities of music and the arts are highly competitive in Austria. Virtuosity is an important criterion for admission, and institutions prefer younger candidates.


Science and Technology Applicants:

Before applying, candidates should correspond with preferred institutions about availability of equipment and facilities, and solicit letters of invitation.  Recent undergraduates applying for full research awards are frequently offered study awards combined with teaching assistantships and, therefore, must fulfill the German language proficiency requirements noted above in order to be eligible for these awards, even if their research can be conducted in English.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available.


1 Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy Grant

The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna will collaborate to offer one grant for a qualified student to enroll in one of the two courses the Diplomatic Academy offers for university graduates: its one-year Diploma Program or the first or second year of its two-year Master of Advanced International Studies (MAIS) Program. Please note that this grant is limited to one academic year for students accepted into the first year of the MAIS Program. Especially qualified students may enroll directly in the second year of the program.

The AAEC assumes that enrollment in the programs of the Diplomatic Academy is the core intention of applicants for this award. In their project proposals, they are encouraged to describe how their intended course of study fits into their career plans and objectives.

Applicants for the Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy award may also simultaneously be considered as candidates for Fulbright combined grants.


Grant Period:

9 months

October 1 to June 30, beginning with an orientation in Vienna in late September (contingent upon the Diplomatic Academy program chosen).


Ineligibility:

US students already enrolled in the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna are not eligible for second-year funding under this award.


Accepted Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended. 

Level: Novice.

1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: While instruction in the MAIS program is in English, knowledge of German is expected, with at least basic skills in French recommended.  A "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a qualified language instructor" are also required. These are available on the Embark on-line application system. 


Fulbright Proposal Type:

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation:

It is not necessary for candidates to apply independently for admission to the Diplomatic Academy. However, it is advisable to contact the Diplomatic Academy’s admissions office to ascertain which program is most appropriate for the candidate.


Affiliation/ Tuition Fees :

Costs for tuition will be covered by the AAEC and the Diplomatic Academy. Grantees receive an award to cover the costs of room and board on-site, and they can be housed on-site or elect to live off-site.


Special Application Instructions:

In your Embark on-line application, Step B, Section 3a Special Opportunity  please select Diplomatic Academy from the drop down menu to be considered for this award.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available.


1 Fulbright-IFK Grant

The Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) in Vienna, a center of advanced study associated with the University of Applied Arts in Linz, will collaborate with the AAEC to offer one grant for a PhD candidate in cultural studies whose field of specialization is thematically related to Viennese, Austrian, and Central European traditions and/or the IFK’s interest in the promotion of interdisciplinary and comparative cultural studies and the humanities. Grantees will have access to a workstation at the IFK and will be expected to participate actively in IFK seminars, workshops, and symposia.

Applicants for Fulbright-IFK awards also will be considered simultaneously as candidates for traditional Fulbright and Fulbright-Mach student grants.


Grant Period:

9 months.

Grants will begin on October 1 and continue through June 30, contingent upon the program chosen.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Master's

Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strongly Recommended.

Level: Advanced

3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: Advanced proficiency in German is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. A "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a qualified language instructor" are also required. These are available on the Embark on-line application system. 


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes.

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No.


Affiliation:

Prospective grantees are encouraged to identify appropriate individuals at the IFK to provide on-site guidance.


Special Instructions:

In your Embark on-line application, Step B, Section 3a Special Opportunity  please select IFK Grant from the drop down menu to be considered for this award.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available.


1 Austrian-Hungarian Joint Research/Study Grant

The purpose of this award is to provide graduate students in the arts, and Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences, with the opportunity to conduct research on topics of regional or bilateral relevance in collaboration with Austrian and Hungarian specialists.


Grant period:

6 months:

3 months in Austria and 3 months in Hungary with negotiable starting dates. The project should be executed during the academic year.


Candidate Profile:

Candidates are welcome to apply from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences  – including but not limited to the arts, economics, ecology, geography, history, and political science – provided that project proposals focus on the territories of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (1526-1918) or topics of bilateral Austrian-Hungarian or regional relevance (1918-present). Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their research interests and include detailed project proposals.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended.

Level: Novice to Advanced, depending on the nature of the project.

Minimum of 1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant.

Additional Information: Language requirements are commensurate with the nature of the proposed project, which may be conducted in English, German, or Hungarian.  Some knowledge of German and/or Hungarian is desirable, and advanced knowledge of German and/or Hungarian may be required, contingent upon the nature of the project.


Affiliation:

Applications should state intended institutional affiliations and include corresponding letters of invitation.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

The AAEC facilitates university enrollment at the applicant’s preferred Austrian university, where the Austrian government also provides for the waiver of tuition fees.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Special Application Instructions:

In your Embark on-line application, Step B, Section 3a Special Opportunity  please select Austrian Hungarian Grant from the drop down menu to be considered for this award.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available.


12 Fulbright Combined Grant

The AAEC offers up to 12 study/research grants combined with English teaching assistantships. Grantees work as teaching assistants at secondary schools in Austrian university cities for 13 hours per week (plus preparation and administration) while concurrently pursuing research and taking university courses on a part-time basis.

Applications are reviewed for their coherence and quality, and also take into account their ability to ultimately contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding between the people of Austria and the United States.  It is especially, but by no means exclusively, interested in the promotion of Austrian studies or grant proposals that enhance Austrian-American collaboration.

There are no independent Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship awards for Austria. Students interested exclusively in teaching assistantship positions to Austria without projects or university enrollment are encouraged to consider applying for the Austrian Ministry of Education’s Teaching Assistantship (USTA) program, which has been managed by the Austrian-American Educational Commission since 1962.  Please note that the USTA program is not a Fulbright program and has a separate application process and deadline. See https://www.usta-austria.at/ for details.


Grant Period:

9 months.

Grants will begin on October 1 and continue through June 30, with a week each of Fulbright orientation and teaching assistantship orientation in late September.


Candidate Profile:

Applications from graduating seniors and recent undergraduates are welcome. Candidates should explain their proposed research project in their application, in addition to their interest in the teaching assistantship component of the grant. 


Placement Type:

The AAEC and Austrian Ministry of Education will place grantees in a secondary school (or schools) in the university city in which the grantee proposes to conduct research.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's

Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Strong Recommended.

Level: Intermediate.

2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: German language proficiency is necessary at the time of application even if research projects can be conducted exclusively in English, in order to be considered for the grant combined with a teaching assistantship. 


Affiliation:

Applicants should identify the individuals and institutions that will provide on-site guidance and include letters of invitation, if possible. It is not recommended that a Fulbright combined grantee seek to earn an Austrian university degree. The AAEC and Austrian Ministry of Education will place grantees in a secondary school (or schools) in the university city in which the grantee proposes to conduct research.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

The AAEC facilitates university enrollment at the applicant’s preferred university, and the Austrian government provides for the waiver of tuition fees.


Special Application Instructions:

In your Embark on-line application, Step B, Section 3a Special Opportunity  please select Combined Grant from the drop down menu to be considered for this award.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available.


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.