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Quick Facts:

  • Austrian institutions apply with a project proposal by April 1 of a given year for the following academic year.
  • The project can be an open project (with no specific Fulbright Specialist named) or a named project (with a specific individual that would be invited to serve as a Specialist identified in the proposal)
  • The project can be planned around a one-time visit of 2-6 weeks or be planned as a multi-visit project of 3x2 weeks
  • The program is based on the idea of cost-sharing: The host institution covers accommodation and meals, travel costs and a honorarium of $200/day will be covered by the Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  • For more information about the Program, please consult the Fulbright Specialist Website. Application guidelines can be found here.


Who are Fulbright Specialists?

The Fulbright Specialist Program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with Austrian host institutions to share their expertise, strengthen institutional ties, gain international experience, and learn about Austrian culture while building capacity at their Austrian host institution. Specialists are competitively selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets, and ability to make a significant contribution to their host institution. The academics on the roster are eligible to be matched with approved projects designed by Austrian host institutions.

What type of projects does the program fund?

Through the Fulbright Specialist Program, U.S. academics and professionals can apply their knowledge and expertise to a diverse array of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop
  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development
  • Developing academic or training curricula and materials
  • Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Mentoring graduate students and junior faculty
  • Advising research groups or clusters
  • Develop new exchange programs or other institutional cooperation
  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution

The program does not fund individual research projects; both Specialist and host institution should benefit from the collaboration.

What are the benefits of hosting a Fulbright Specialist?

By implementing their designed project in collaboration with the Fulbright Specialist, host institutions

  • gain global perspectives from experienced academics and professionals
  • execute projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term, year-round exchanges
  • build sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.

At the same time, Fulbright Specialists are able to contribute their newly gained knowledge and intercultural competencies to their home institution or organization. Program participants will also become part of a network of thousands of accomplished Fulbright alumni, opening the door to additional grant possibilities, enhanced career development, and alumni networking and leadership opportunities.

How does it work?

If you want to submit an application, please register with the Online Submission Platform and follow the instructions. When you fill out your application, please complete all sections and required fields. Try to be as specific as possible in the sections related to your project and to logistical arrangements/cost share.

Please submit your application by April 1. Fulbright Austria will review all applications and select up to five projects, which will then be forwarded to the Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs. If ECA confirms the selection, Fulbright Austria and World Learning will

a) search for a Fulbright Specialist who matches your project if you submitted an open project or

b) prompt the academic you want to work with that he or she applies for admission to the Fulbright Specialist Roster if you submitted a named project.


For a detailed step-by-step program timeline, please visit the Fulbright Specialist Website.

If you have questions about the program, please consult the FAQs or contact Dr. Susanne Hamscha, the responsible Program Officer at Fulbright Austria.