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Fulbright-Mach Awards for Doctoral Candidates (Full-Time Research)

DEADLINE October 9, 2019
STARTING DATE October 2020
COMMENTS For PhD candidates: conduct research with this award funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
  • Travel grant of €2,000
  • 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
Grant Profile

Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) offers up to seven grants for full-time research and/or study. Four of these are Fulbright-Mach Awards funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and specifically designated for applicants with a master’s degree at the time of application.

Grant Period

9 months: October 1–June 30, beginning with an orientation in Vienna in late September.

Pre-departure Orientation

No pre-departure orientation

Candidate Profile

Applicants at all degree levels will be considered, including graduate-level students and PhD candidates. Applications are also welcome from musicians enrolled in performance programs. Applicants who are graduating seniors or have recently completed their undergraduate degrees may apply for full-time research and study grants, but should note that—due to the limited number of grants in this category and competition with applicants of more advanced academic standing—competition is rigorous every year. Therefore, applicants are advised to apply for grants combined with English teaching assistantships.

Individuals who have applied for but are not selected for full-time research grants may, at the discretion of Fulbright Austria, alternatively be considered for a grant combined with a teaching assistantship.

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.

Accepted Degree Levels


Foreign-Language Proficiency

Required: Intermediate

German-language proficiency is necessary to fulfill the Fulbright Program's bilateral mandate of promoting mutual understanding, to negotiate the challenges of everyday life, and to fulfill university admission requirements. As a rule, university courses are taught in German, although an increasing number of courses are offered in English; thus, all applicants must submit "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a qualified language instructor." Both forms are available on the Embark online application system.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


All grantees, including PhD candidates, must be fully matriculated at accredited universities in Austria to facilitate tuition remission, health insurance, the use of libraries, archives, etc. Applicants should identify the individuals and institutions that will provide on-site guidance and include letters of affiliation. Invitations are absolutely necessary and should indicate how applicants will be anchored at the institutions.

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 institutions. 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.


Applicants proposing study or research in medicine or veterinary medicine will not be considered.

Music and Fine Arts Applicants

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. Auditions at universities of music and the arts are highly competitive in Austria. Virtuosity is an important criterion for admission, and institutions prefer younger candidates.

Science and Technology Applicants

Science and Technology applicants are encouraged to apply for the Fulbright-Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Awards for Graduate Studies and PhD Research in Science and Technology.


Dependent support is not available


The Fulbright-Mach Awards are funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. They are named after Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach.