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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.


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 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

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


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5 Fulbright-Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Award for Graduate Studies and PhD Research in Science and Technology

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

Fulbright Austria (Austrian-American Educational Commission) offers up to five Fulbright–Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Awards for full-time research and/or study. These grants are generously funded by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation and intended for PhD candidates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and related fields. Applications from highly qualified graduate students and recent undergraduates with strong project proposals in relevant fields will also be considered.

Recipients of the Fulbright-Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Award will have to submit a final research paper. The final research paper consists of a minimum of 7,500 words, excluding title page, table of contents, and references. The paper will be made available to the public via the website of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation.

Grant Period

9 Months

October 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, beginning with a week-long orientation in Vienna in mid- to late September. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation


Grantees are required to attend a week-long orientation in Vienna in mid- to late September.

Candidate Profile

PhD candidates, graduate students, and recent graduates will be considered. Fulbright Austria and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation review project proposals for their coherence and quality. They are particularly—but by no means exclusively—interested in proposals of bilateral or comparative relevance that enhance research collaboration between Austrian and American institutions. 

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Contingent upon project proposal.

Fulbright Austria expects students to study German as part of their preparations for their stay in Austria to help fulfill the program’s bilateral mandate of promoting mutual understanding and to negotiate the challenges of everyday life. As a rule, university courses are taught in German, although an increasing number of courses are offered in English, and English is the working language in many research facilities.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


All Fulbright grantees, including PhD candidates, must be fully matriculated at accredited universities in Austria to facilitate tuition remission, health insurance, the use of libraries, archives, labs, 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 for their projects and include letters of affiliation from host institutions. Invitations are absolutely necessary for full-time research and study grants and should indicate how applicants will be anchored and supervised at host institutions. 

Affiliation with research centers or other institutions that are incorporated as companies and/or require grantees to be employed and compensated according to Austrian labor law are problematic and incompatible with the status of being a grantee. Such affiliations need to be discussed with Fulbright Austria in advance of the submission of grant proposals. 

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. 


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

Special Application Instructions

Before applying, applicants should correspond with preferred institutions about the availability of equipment and facilities and solicit letters of invitation. 

In your Fulbright online application, please select Fulbright-Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Grant from the Award Name drop-down menu.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Darrah Lustig