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Full-time Research or Study Grants

Full-Time Research or Study

DEADLINE October 9, 2018 Eastern Time
COMMENTS Pursue full-time research or study in a variety of fields
  • Travel grant of € 800
  • Monthly stipend for nine months (October -June)
  • Fulbright-funded accident and sickness insurance policy with 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
Award Profile

Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) offers up to eight awards for full-time research. Four of these are Fulbright-Mach awards funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and are specifically designated for PhD candidates.

Grant Period

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

Candidate Profile

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered, including graduate-level students and PhD candidates. Applications are also welcome from musicians enrolled in performance programs; students in the natural sciences and/or engineering whose projects may require extensive lab time; or selected volunteer and service projects requiring extensive time on-site.

Candidates who are graduating seniors or have recently completed their undergraduate degrees may apply for full-time research and study grants, but should note that the limited number of grants in this category, and competition with candidates of more advanced academic standing is rigorous every year. Therefore, they are advised to apply for the grants combined with English teaching assistantships. Individuals who have applied for, but who 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 ultimately contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding between the people of Austria and the United States.  It is especially, but by no means exclusively, interested in the promotion of Austrian studies or grant proposals that enhance Austrian-American collaboration.


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

Accepted Degree Levels


Foreign Language Proficiency

Level: Intermediate to advanced proficiency in spoken and written German
2 - 3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant
German language proficiency is necessary to fulfill the Fulbright Program's bilateral mandate of promoting mutual understanding, for negotiating the challenges of everyday life, and is also required by universities for admission. As a rule, university courses are taught in German, although an increasing number of courses are offered in English.

Fulbright Proposal Type

Study/Research Proposals: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No. While Fulbright grantees in Austria are enrolled in their local universities, it is not recommended that a Fulbright grantee seek to earn an Austrian university degree.


All grantees, including PhD candidates, must be fully matriculated at accredited public universities in Austria to facilitate tuition remission, health insurance, the use of libraries and archives, etc. Fulbright Austria facilitates university enrollment at the applicant’s preferred university, and the Austrian government provides for the waiver of tuition fees. 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 should identify the individuals and institutions that will provide on-site guidance and include letters of affiliation. Invitations are absolutely necessary for full-time research and study awards, and should indicate how candidates will be anchored at the institutions.

Affiliation/ Tuition Fees

Fulbright Austria facilitates university enrollment at the applicant’s preferred university, and the Austrian government provides for the waiver of tuition fees.

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 them.

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 awards 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

Before applying, candidates should correspond with preferred institutions about availability of equipment and facilities, and solicit letters of invitation.  Recent undergraduates applying for full research awards are frequently offered study awards combined with teaching assistantships and, therefore, must fulfill the German language proficiency requirements noted above in order to be eligible for these awards, even if their research can be conducted in English.


Dependent support is not available.