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Community-Based Combined Grant

DEADLINE October 9, 2019
STARTING DATE October 2020
COMMENTS Pursue a community-based internship or service project while working as an English teaching assistant and taking university courses part-time
  • Travel grant of €800
  • Monthly stipend for nine months (October–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 four Community-Based Combined Grants to facilitate community service, internships, capacity-building, and other community-based projects. These grants are combined with university coursework and English teaching assistantships funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. Grant 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 a project at a community organization 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, quality, originality, feasibility, and benefit to local communities 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 proposals that reach out to underserved populations 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 adminstered 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 projects in their applications 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 relevant community organization and contact individuals on site, develop a plan for meaningful collaboration, guidance, and service, and include letters of invitation in their application. Fulbright applicants may be affiliated with community or artistic institutions (such as museums or archives), service organizations, or other local organizations.

A list of community organizations that have expressed an interest in hosting community-based combined grantees can be found on Fulbright Austria's website.

Please contact the US student program officer at Fulbright Austria for details or email the relevant organization directly. Please note that prospective applicants need not limit themselves to the organizations on the list and should feel free to propose a project with any suitable organization in Austria.

Recipients of a Fulbright Community-Based 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 "Community-Based Combined Award" from the drop-down menu to be considered for this grant, and select "Academic" for General Category.


Dependent support is not available



Partner Organizations+

The following organizations have expressed an interest in hosting Fulbright grantees and supporting community service projects. This is a pilot project, and all agreements are pending:

The following organizations have expressed an interest in hosting Fulbright grantees and supporting community service projects. This is a pilot project, and all agreements are pending:

Biber is a German-language intercultural news magazine producted primarily for and by young people with immigrant backgrounds. Applicants should be interested in immigration, integration, culture, current events, and journalism. 


Caritas is a charitable organization affiliated with the Catholic Church. Their focus is helping those in need, and their major projects include work with homeless people, refugees, children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and disaster relief. They can use volunteers in a wide range of projects in various major cities in Austria: see their volunteers page for more information. Fulbright Austria is currently cooperating with Caritas's adult and afterschool educational initiatives, and their programs for young people with disabilities.


Educult is an NGO that deals with arts management, research and consultancy and is a Q21 partner of Fulbright Austria.

The oldest Jewish museum in the world, the Jewish Museum Vienna participates in research, restoration, outreach and maintains an extensive archive and collection. They can utilize interns in various Jewish Studies-related research projects as well as museum studies-related activities. 

The Wien Museum is an interdisciplinary metropolitan museum that seeks to "explores the general theme of social, cultural and urban change." It deals extensively with current themes and has extensive collections and a large outreach presence. They can utilize interns in various collection and especially outreach-related projects.

If interested in collaborating with the Wien Museum, please contact Dr. Nathaniel Prottas (nathaniel.prottas(at)wienmuseum.at.