Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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7 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 seven awards for full-time research and/or study. Four of these are Fulbright-Mach awards funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and are specifically designated for PhD candidates.

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; 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.

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. Individuals who have applied for but are not selected for full-time research grants may, at the discretion of Fulbright Austria, alternatively be considered for a grant combined with a teaching assistantship if they qualify for that program.

Fulbright Austria reviews project proposals for their coherence and quality, and also takes into account their ability to 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 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, 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 Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


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. Fulbright Austria 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 Fees/Tuition

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

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 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. Fulbright Austria 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.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Molly Roza

Additional Online Resources

Fulbright Austria website

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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.


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.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



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.