4 Fulbright Community-Based Combined Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodOctober Start
Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) offers up to four Community-Based Combined Grants to facilitate community service, internships, capacity-building and other community-based projects. These grants are combined with university coursework and 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 a project at a community organization 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, quality, originality, feasibility, and benefit to local communities 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 particularly—but by no means exclusively—interested in proposals that reach out to underserved populations and in proposals of bilateral or comparative relevance that enhance Austrian-American collaboration.
There are NO independent Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards for Austria. Students interested exclusively in teaching assistantship positions in 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 administered 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.
October 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023
Grant Length: 9 months.
The Fulbright Community-Based Combined Award begins with a week-long Fulbright orientation in Vienna followed by an additional week-long teaching assistantship orientation in one of two locations in Austria in mid- to late September.
Applications from graduating seniors and recent undergraduates are welcome. Applicants should explain their proposed projects in their applications as well as their interest in the teaching assistantship component of the grant.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Two 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
Applicants should identify the relevant community organization and contact individuals on site, develop a plan for meaningful collaboration, guidance, and service, and include letters of invitation in their application. Fulbright applicants may be affiliated with community or artistic institutions (such as museums or archives), service organizations, or other local organizations.
Please contact the US student program officer at Fulbright Austria for details or email the relevant organization directly. Please note that prospective applicants should feel free to propose a project with any suitable organization in Austria.
Recipients of a Fulbright Community-Based Combined Grant are recommended not to seek to earn an Austrian university degree due to time and scheduling constraints.
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.
Grantees will be expected to arrange their housing.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
Dual nationals will be considered under special circumstances and in cases where project proposals are of exceptional merit. The FFSB policies apply.
Applicants proposing study or research in medicine or veterinary medicine will not be considered.
Special Application Instructions
In your Fulbright online application, please select Community-Based Combined Award from the Award Name drop-down menu to be considered for this grant. Please also select Study/Research Award for Award Type and Academic for General Category. Although the grant includes a teaching component, applicants will apply as Study/Research applicants, including submitting a two-page statement of grant purpose and reference letters as narrative.
Fulbright Austria and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research will place successful applicants in a secondary school (or schools) in the university city in which the applicant proposes to conduct research.