Fulbright Austria annually grants 1–2 awards for the best thesis in American studies. The Fulbright Prize in American Studies is a means of acknowledging the enduring importance of American studies and the role of innovative research by young Austrian scholars in contributing to the fulfillment of the Fulbright Program’s mandate to promote mutual understanding between the peoples of Austria and the United States of America.
The purpose of this award is to recognize superior academic achievement in the field of American studies (Amerikanistik) in the broadest sense of the word and hence includes all relevant ancillary disciplines and departments at Austrian universities (e.g., comparative literature, history, political science, sociology, etc.) There are no specific topical or methodological limitations on submissions. Students—and advisors of students—completing a traditional thesis (Magister), a master’s thesis in the new Bologna curricular regime, or a doctoral thesis in relevant disciplines at Austrian universities in the course of the current academic year are encouraged to nominate distinctive work for review.