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Pilot Project: Community-Based Combined Grant

DEADLINE October 6 2017 Eastern Time
COMMENTS Pursue a community-based internship or service project while working as an English teaching assistant and taking university courses part-time


  • Travel grant of € 800
  • Monthly stipend for nine months (October -June)
  • Fulbright-funded accident and sickness coverage up to $100,000 for the grant period including orientation (late September-June)
  • Enrollment and tuition remission at the Austrian university designated in your project proposal
  • Fulbright Austria orientation, support, and guidance
  • Invitations to Fulbright Austria-organized enrichment activities throughout the year
  • Assisting in the instruction of English 13 hours per week (plus preparation) from October 1 - May 31.
  • Monthly salary for October-May. The Austrian government will deduct health/accident insurance and income tax.
  • Full medical coverage under the Austrian national health plan from October 1 - July 15.

Award Profile

Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) is initiating a pilot project to offer 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. Grantees 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.

Applications are reviewed for their quality, originality, feasibility, benefit to local communities and their ability to ultimately 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 grant proposals that reach out to underserved populations and/or that enhance Austrian-American understanding and 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 and Women’s Affairs’ Teaching Assistantship (USTA) program, which has been managed by 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; grants will begin on October 1 and continue through June 30, with a week each of Fulbright orientation and teaching assistantship orientation in late September.

Candidate Profile

Applications from graduating seniors and recent undergraduates are welcome. Candidates should explain their proposed research projects in their applications, in addition to their interest in the teaching assistantship component of the grant. 

Placement Type

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

Accepted Degree Levels


Foreign Language Proficiency

Strongly Recommended.
Level: 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


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 grantees may be affiliated with community or artistic institutions (such as museums or archives), service organizations, or other local organizations.

A list of community organizations that have expressed an interest in hosting Fulbright Community-Based Combined Grantees can be found below.

Please contact US Student Program Officer Molly Roza and indicate your area of interest and expertise for contact details for the partner institutions listed below. Prospective grantees need not limit themselves to the organizations on the list and should feel free to propose a project with any suitable organization in Austria.

It is not recommended that a Fulbright combined grantee seek to earn an Austrian university degree.

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.

Special Application Instructions

In your Embark on-line application, please select Community-based Combined Grant from the drop down menu under Section 4: Special Opportunity.


Dependent support is not available.



Partner Organizations+

The following organizations have expressed an interest in hosting Fulbright grantees and supporting community service projects. This is a pilot project, and all agreements are pending:

The following organizations have expressed an interest in hosting Fulbright grantees and supporting community service projects. This is a pilot project, and all agreements are pending:

Biber is a German-language intercultural news magazine producted primarily for and by young people with immigrant backgrounds. Applicants should be interested in immigration, integration, culture, current events, and journalism. 


Caritas is a charitable organization affiliated with the Catholic Church. Their focus is helping those in need, and their major projects include work with homeless people, refugees, children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and disaster relief. They can use volunteers in a wide range of projects in various major cities in Austria: see their volunteers page for more information. Fulbright Austria is currently cooperating with Caritas's adult and afterschool educational initiatives, and their programs for young people with disabilities.


Educult is an NGO that deals with arts management, research and consultancy and is a Q21 partner of Fulbright Austria.

The oldest Jewish museum in the world, the Jewish Museum Vienna participates in research, restoration, outreach and maintains an extensive archive and collection. They can utilize interns in various Jewish Studies-related research projects as well as museum studies-related activities. 

The Wien Museum is an interdisciplinary metropolitan museum that seeks to "explores the general theme of social, cultural and urban change." It deals extensively with current themes and has extensive collections and a large outreach presence. They can utilize interns in various collection and especially outreach-related projects.