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U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program (1 academic semester)

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers exciting opportunities for U.S. academics to participate in international educational and cultural exchange. Fulbright Austria's U.S. Scholar Program annually provides up to 25 academics with awards to conduct research and teach in Austria. The majority of the awards are generously funded by Fulbright Austria's partner institutions and therefore tied to specific (academic) institutions and disciplines. Some of our awards, however, are open to all universities and research institutions and very flexible as regards their disciplinary focus and field of specialization (restrictions apply to the field of medicine). A list of all our awards can be found here.

We would like to particularly draw attention to the Fulbright-Botstiber Award in Austrian-American Studies which has the purpose to promote the understanding of the historical relationship between Austria and the United States. Therefore, it is open to all scholars of Austrian and American Studies whose project proposals contribute towards this objective in terms of combinations of teaching and research. Applicants for the Fulbright-Botstiber Award should collaborate closely with their Austrian host institution and be actively integrated in research, teaching, and institutional activities. Austrian institutions have the opportunity to inform U.S. scholars with whom they (are planning to) collaborate about this award and encourage them to apply. Further information about the Fulbright-Botstiber Award can be found on the website of the Botstiber Foundation.

All U.S. scholars who apply for a Fulbright Award through the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars need to document the necessity of a semester in Austria for their research project and submit sample syllabi that reflect their teaching interests. It is advantageous if applicants indicate that they are already collaborating with Austrian scholars or institutions, or that they have the intention to establish a long-term collaboration.

Short-term Grants for U.S. Fulbright Scholars

Austrian institutions have the opportunity to invite U.S. scholars for short-term visits through the following two programs:

Fulbright Intercountry Lecture Program

Austrian institutions can invite U.S. Fulbright scholars who are currently on a Fulbright grant in Europe for a guest lecture and request funding for travel expenses. For further information click here.

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program pairs highly qualified U.S. scholars 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. The Austrian institution needs to submit an application and confirm that it will cover the Specialist's expenses for accommodation and meals. The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars covers the Specialist's honorarium and travel costs. For further information click here.

Information for US Institutions+

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program

Fulbright Austria is interested in identifying departments of German at U.S. colleges and universities that would be interested in hosting Austrian students or recent graduates as Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs).

The Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York City manages the Fulbright Student Program and is also responsible for handling the stateside aspects of the FLTA program, including J-1visas, SEVIS registration, and DHS issues. IIE is required to ascertain that host institutions fulfil certain minimum requirements in order for FLTAs to be eligible for the J-1 exchange visa associated with the Fulbright Program.

These requirements are “room and board, a tuition and fees waiver for the required two courses per semester and a small monthly stipend of between $400 and $600 per month. Some host institutions offer a larger monthly stipend from which the FLTA themselves pay room, board and all other expenses.” Consult the IIE website on the institutional requirements for participating in the program and an outline of the program).

Ultimately, each FLTA package is tailor-made. An added advantage of working directly together with Fulbright Austria is that it can suggest candidates to you based on the kind of profile individual institutions are seeking. In other words, Fulbright Austria takes needs and expectations of potential host institutions into account when interviewing candidates, thus facilitating a good match as an end result. If you are interested in investigating this opportunity, please contact Mag. Belona Berchtaler at BBerchtaler(at)fulbright.at.

Annual Fulbright Prize in American Studies in cooperation with the Austrian Association for American Studies+

The Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission) is pleased to announce that it will grant an annual award of € 1.000 for the best thesis in American studies. This award is based on an annual competition managed by the Austrian Association for American Studies. The Fulbright Prize 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. 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 by their students for review.

Nominations for this award consisting of a cover letter from the thesis advisor and a copy of the thesis (as .pdf-document, max 2 MB) should be sent to

Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Silvia Schultermandl
Universität of Graz

Department of American Studies


The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2019.

A committee will review applications, have the work of semi-finalists subject to external review, and nominate a finalist. The winner of the Fulbright Prize in American Studies will be announced at the next AAAS meeting.

Past recipients of the Fulbright Annual Prize in American Studies