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Combined Grant: Study, Research, and Teaching Assistantship

DEADLINE October 9, 2019
STARTING DATE October 2020
COMMENTS Pursue a research project while working as an English teaching assistant and taking university courses part-time
  • Travel grant of €2,000
  • Stipend for the month of 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 (plus preparation) per week (October 1–May 31)
  • Monthly salary October–May (the Austrian government will deduct health/accident insurance and income tax)
  • Full medical coverage under the Austrian national health plan (October 1–July 15)
Grant Profile

Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) offers up to eight study/research grants combined with English teaching assistantships funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. Recipients work as teaching assistants at secondary schools in Austrian university cities for 13 hours per week (plus preparation and administration time) while concurrently pursuing research and taking university courses on a part-time basis. Applicants should be aware that their teaching assignment will be their first scheduling priority.

Fulbright Austria reviews project proposals for their coherence and quality and also takes into account their ability to contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding between the people of Austria and the United States. It is particularly—but by no means exclusively—interested in the promotion of Austrian studies and in proposals of bilateral or comparative relevance that enhance Austrian-American collaboration.

There are NO independent Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards for Austria. Students interested exclusively in teaching assistantship positions in Austria without projects or university enrollment are encouraged to consider applying for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research Teaching Assistantship (USTA) program, which has been administered by Fulbright Austria (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: October 1–June 30, beginning with a one-week Fulbright orientation and an additional one-week teaching assistantship orientation in late September.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No pre-departure orientation

Candidate Profile

Applications from graduating seniors and recent undergraduates are welcome. Applicants should explain their proposed research project in their application as well as their interest in the teaching assistantship component of the grant.

Accepted Degree Levels


Foreign-Language Proficiency

Recommended: Intermediate

Two 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.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants should identify the individuals and institutions that will provide on-site guidance and include letters of invitation, if possible. Recipients of a Fulbright Combined Grant are recommended not to seek to earn an Austrian university degree due to time and scheduling constraints.

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 at public universities. 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.

Placement Type

Fulbright Austria and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research will place successful applicants in a secondary school (or schools) in the university city in which the applicant proposes to conduct research.

Special Application Instructions

In your Embark online application, Step B, Section 3a Award Name, please select "Combined Award" from the drop-down menu to be considered for this grant, and select "Academic" for General Category. Applicants in music and fine arts are strongly encouraged to submit the application for creative and performing arts (Step B, Section 3a Award Name, please select "Creative and Performing Arts") so that they can submit a portfolio of supplemental materials.

Music and Fine Arts Applicants

Applicants in music and fine arts are strongly encouraged to apply as creative and performing arts applicants and to note their interest in the Combined Grant in that application so that they can submit a portfolio of supplemental materials.

Admission procedures at Austrian institutions of music and the arts vary. Universities of music and the arts may require auditions and/or entrance examinations, along with submission of a portfolio. Instruction is frequently still based on "master classes" where professors select and train students for an extended period. Therefore, applicants are required to have established contact with Austrian music and/or art professors before applying for a grant and must solicit invitations to study with said professors.

Applicants should inquire about audition and/or admission requirements and dates well in advance. Candidates may be required to travel to Austria at their own expense to audition (as early as February) or may be admitted without auditions as exchange students, provided they have corresponding invitations. Fulbright Austria offers grants for musicians contingent upon university acceptance and enrollment and does not provide grants based exclusively on private study.


Dependent support is not available