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Fulbright Austrian Scholar Program

Fulbright Grants for Research/Teaching

DEADLINE October 30
LENGHT OF GRANT 3-4 months
STARTING DATE academic year 2019-2020
LOCATION Any academic institution in the US
COMMENTS Letter of invitation required


  • grant payment of USD 2.500 per month for a grant period of 3-4 months
  • lump-sum travel grant of 800 Euros
  • health and accident insurance coverage under the auspices of the Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges of max. USD 100.000 per incident.
  • J-1 visa for exchange visitors (please note that J-1 visa holders in the "Professor/Research Scholar" category are subject to specific regulations, such as the 2-year home residency and a 24-month bar. During this period, it is possible to re-enter the U.S. on a tourist visa, but not on a "temporary working visa" or an "immigrant visa.")

Not covered are

  • "affiliation fees," "service fees" or similar fees which some U.S. institutions require visiting scholars to pay in order to receive visiting scholar status and/or get access to libraries, laboratories, IT-services, etc. Fulbright Austria recommends that you contact your prospective host institution's International Office and ask them if visiting scholars are subject to such fees.
  • costs of a university health plan which the host institution might require visiting scholars to purchase.


  • Austrian citizenship
  • Ph.D. or similar qualification
  • substantial teaching and/or research experience, or artistic qualification
  • excellent English skills
  • a letter of invitation from an accredited U.S. institution that confirms the institution's ability to host the applicant
  • three letters of reference
  • project proposal and syllabi (if the applicant intends to teach)

Please note that Fulbright Austria

  • is particularly interested in applications that will promote the mutual understanding between Austria and the U.S., on the one hand, and "Austrian Studies" in the U.S. and "American Studies" in Austria, on the other
  • is also particularly interested in comparative research questions, transcultural topics, and projects with bilateral relevance
  • will consider the potential long-term impact of the proposed project
  • invites applications that contribute to the development of new and the strengthening of existing institutional collaborations and networks
  • is particularly interested in proposals that include a teaching component
  • encourages early- and mid-career scholars to apply
  • welcomes applications from scholars who do not have extensive and recent teaching and research experience in the U.S.

Please be aware that

  • Research/Teaching  stays that begin before the start academic year can only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Applicants who plan a stay during the semester breaks need to explain their reasons in their application
  • applications in the field of medicine cannot be considered, with the exception of public health and similar disciplines
  • it is not possible to be funded through Fulbright whilst receiving a stipend from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) or the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).

Please submit your complete application online.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Dr. Susanne Hamscha.


Dr. Andreas Holzinger
University of Innsbruck
Department of Botany

Dr. Kerstin Hödlmoser
University of Salzburg
Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology

Dr. Irene Maier
University of Vienna
Department of Nutritional Sciences

Dr. Christoph Clar
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy

Dr. Thomas Hein
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Dr. Andrea Trenkwalder-Egger
MCI - Management Center Innsbruck
Social Work

Dr. Harald Wiltsche
University of Graz
Department of Philosophy


Dr. Romana Radlwimmer
University of Vienna/Lissabon
Departamento de Estudos Românicos

Dr. Rafaela Schinegger
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Dr. Bernhard Standl-Gruber
University of Vienna

Dr. Christian Stauffer
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection


Dr. Gernot Paulus
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
Geoinformation and Environmental Technologies

Dr. Petra Riefler
University of Vienna
International Marketing - Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics

Dr. Silvia Schultermandl
University of Graz
Department of American Studies

Dr. Marc Streit
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Institute of Computer Graphics

Dr. Thomas Wallnig
University of Vienna
Department of History

Dr. Thomas Fahringer
University of Innsbruck
Institute of Computer Science

Dr. Martina Hoeckner
University of Innsbruck
Institute of Zoology

Dr. Thomas Koenig
WWTF - Vienna Science and Technology Fund
Office of the President of the ERC

Dr. Barbara Strasser
Institute for Nutritional Sciences and Physiology
Department for Medical Sciences and Health Systems Management

Dr. Barbara Brenner
WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business
Department of Global Trade

Dr. Louise Hecht
Palacky University
Kurt and Ursula Schubert Center of Jewish Studies