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8 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) offers eight awards for full-time research and/or study. Four of these are Fulbright-Mach awards funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and are specifically designated for candidates with a master’s degree at the time of application.

Grant Period

9 Months

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

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

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.

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

Fulbright Austria reviews project proposals for their coherence and quality and also takes into account candidates' ability to contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding between the people of Austria and the United States.  It is particularly—but by no means exclusively—interested in the promotion of Austrian studies and in proposals of bilateral or comparative relevance that enhance Austrian-American collaboration.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information:

German language proficiency is necessary to fulfill the Fulbright Program's bilateral mandate of promoting mutual understanding, to negotiate the challenges of everyday life, and to fulfill university admission requirements. As a rule, university courses are taught in German, although an increasing number of courses are offered in English; thus, all applicants must submit "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a qualified language instructor." Both forms are available on the Fulbright on-line application system.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


All award recipients, including Ph.D. candidates, must be fully matriculated at accredited universities in Austria to facilitate tuition remission, health insurance, the use of libraries and archives, etc.

Applicants should identify the individuals and institutions that will provide on-site guidance and include letters of affiliation. Invitations are required and should indicate how candidates will be anchored at the institutions.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Fulbright Austria facilitates university enrollment at the applicant's preferred university, and the Austrian government provides for the waiver of tuition fees at public institutions.

Fulbright Austria 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.


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

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 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 an award and must solicit invitations to study with said professors.

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. Fulbright Austria offers awards 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

Science and Technology applicants are encouraged to apply for the Fulbright-Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Awards for Graduate Studies and Ph.D. Research in Science and Technology.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Darrah Lustig

Additional Online Resources

Fulbright Austria website