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8 Fulbright Combined Awards

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

Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) offers up to 8 study/research awards combined with English teaching assistantships funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. Recipients work as teaching assistants at secondary schools in Austrian university cities for 13 hours per week (plus preparation and administration time) while concurrently pursuing research and taking university courses on a part-time basis. Applicants should be aware that their teaching assignment will be their first scheduling priority.

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.

There are NO independent Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships 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 Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research Teaching Assistantship (USTA) program, which has been managed by Fulbright Austria (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 the USTA program website for details.

Grant Period

9 Months

October 1 to June 30, beginning with a one-week Fulbright orientation and an additional one-week teaching assistantship orientation in late September.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applications from graduating seniors and recent undergraduates are welcome. Candidates should explain their proposed research project in their application as well as their interest in the teaching assistantship component of the award.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

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

German language proficiency at the intermediate level must be demonstrated by the grant starting date.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants should identify the individuals and institutions that will provide on-site guidance and include letters of invitation, if possible. Recipients of a Fulbright combined award are recommended not to seek to earn an Austrian university degree due to time and scheduling constraints.

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 universities. 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.

Placement Type

Fulbright Austria and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Womenâ??s Affairs will place grantees in a secondary school (or schools) in the university city in which the grantee proposes to conduct research.

Special Application Instructions

In your Embark on-line application, Question #22 Award Name, please select Combined Award from the drop-down menu to be considered for this award, and select Academic for General Category. Applicants in music and fine arts are strongly encouraged to submit the application for Creative and Performing Arts (Question #22 Award Name please select Creative and Performing Arts) so that they can submit a portfolio of supplemental materials.

Placement Type

Fulbright Austria and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research will place recipients in a secondary school (or schools) in the university city in which the candidate proposes to conduct research.

Music and Fine Arts Applicants

Applicants in Music and Fine Arts are strongly encouraged to apply as Creative and Performing Arts candidates and to note their interest in the Combined Award in that application so that they can submit a portfolio of supplemental materials.

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 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.


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