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Fulbright Austrian Scholar Program

Fulbright Grants for Teaching, Research, Career Development or Institutional Collaboration

DEADLINE October 30
LENGTH OF GRANT 2-4 months
STARTING DATE academic year 2020-21
LOCATION Any academic institution in the US
COMMENTS Letter of invitation required


These grants allow highly qualified academics affiliated with Austrian institutions to visit US host institutions for a minimum of two and a maximum of four months for the purpose of teaching, research, career development, or institutional collaboration. Ideally, projects address two or more of these aspects.

Grantees will visit a US institution to share their expertise, establish or strengthen institutional ties, gain international experience, and learn about US-American culture while building capacity at their host institution. Grantees are competitively selected based on their academic qualifications, teaching and research experience and motivation, skill sets, and ability to make a significant contribution to both their home and host institution. They should also be prepared to share information about Fulbright Austria opportunities at their home and host institutions.

While applicants from all fields are eligible, Fulbright Austria especially encourages proposals that fulfill the mission of the Fulbright Program and contribute to the better understanding of the relationship between Austria and the United States on a cultural, educational, and institutional level. Fulbright Austria welcomes proposals that reach out to underserved populations and/or contribute to knowledge transfer (“science to public”).



Purpose of the Visit

Fulbright Austria is particularly interested in applications that promote the mutual understanding between Austria and the US and advance collaboration between Austrian and US institutions, i.e. in comparative research questions, transcultural topics, projects with bilateral relevance, collaborative research, and institutional development.

The project proposal should thus address:


  • the potential impact of the project

  • the applicant's contribution to the development of new or strengthening of existing institutional collaborations and networks

  • the applicant's motivation to teach in the US, engage in joint research and US-American (institutional) culture, and serve as an ambassador for Austrian academia

As the grantee's home and host institution both benefit from this collaboration, Fulbright Austria expects the institution to support grantees in covering costs incurred as a result of the institutional collaboration.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Austrian citizenship

  • Ph.D. or similar qualification

  • substantial teaching and/or research experience, or artistic qualification

  • excellent English skills

Grant Benefits

  • flexible grant period of 2-4 months

  • maintenance grant of USD 4,000 per month

  • lump-sum travel grant of EUR 1,500

  • health and accident insurance coverage under the auspices of the Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) of max. USD 100.000 per incident.

  • J-1 visa for exchange visitors (please note that J-1 visa holders in the "Professor/Research Scholar" category are subject to specific regulations, such as the 2-year home residency and a 24-month bar. During this period, it is possible to re-enter the U.S. on a tourist visa, but not on a "temporary working visa" or an "immigrant visa.")

Not covered are

  • "affiliation fees," "service fees" or similar fees which some U.S. institutions require visiting scholars to pay in order to receive visiting scholar status and/or get access to libraries, laboratories, IT-services, etc. Fulbright Austria recommends that you contact your prospective host institution's International Office and ask them if visiting scholars are subject to such fees.

  • costs of a university health plan which the host institution might require visiting scholars to purchase.

Application Materials

  • project proposal (approx. 5 pages) and syllabi (if teaching is a component of the visit)

  • curriculum vitae

  • a letter of invitation from an accredited US institution that confirms the institution's ability to host the applicant and their interest in institutional collaboration. The letter should also include a commitment to cost-sharing or in-kind contributions

  • a letter of support from the applicant’s home institution. The letter should evaluate the potential for a collaboration between the home and host institutions as well as the applicant’s suitability to be an ambassador of Austrian academia and of Fulbright Austria. The letter should also reflect the home institution’s commitment to support and facilitate the applicant’s visit to the US

  • three letters of reference

Please note that

  • Research/Teaching  stays that begin before the start academic year can only be considered under exceptional circumstances. Applicants who plan a stay during the semester breaks need to explain their reasons in their application

  • applications in the field of medicine cannot be considered, with the exception of public health and similar disciplines

  • it is not possible to be funded through Fulbright whilst receiving a stipend from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) or the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).

Please submit your complete application online.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact Dr. Susanne Hamscha.



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Salzburg University of Teacher Education
Educational Science and Research

Dr. Katherina Kinzel
University of Vienna
Department of Philosophy

Dr. Georg Reischauer
Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)
Department of Strategy and Innovation

Dr. Christina Traxler
University of Vienna
Department of Historical Theology


Dr. Ulrich Kral
TU Wien
Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management

Dr. Stefan Rabitsch
University of Graz
Department of American Studies

Dr. Rebecca Unterberger
University of Klagenfurt

Dr. Ingeborg Zechner
University of Salzburg
Department of Musicology and Dance Studies


Dr. Andreas Holzinger
University of Innsbruck
Department of Botany

Dr. Kerstin Hödlmoser
University of Salzburg
Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology

Dr. Irene Maier
University of Vienna
Department of Nutritional Sciences


Dr. Christoph Clar
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy

Dr. Thomas Hein
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Dr. Andrea Trenkwalder-Egger
MCI - Management Center Innsbruck
Social Work

Dr. Harald Wiltsche
University of Graz
Department of Philosophy


Dr. Romana Radlwimmer
University of Vienna/Lissabon
Departamento de Estudos Românicos

Dr. Rafaela Schinegger
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Dr. Bernhard Standl-Gruber
University of Vienna

Dr. Christian Stauffer
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection

Dr. Gernot Paulus
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
Geoinformation and Environmental Technologies

Dr. Petra Riefler
University of Vienna
International Marketing - Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics

Dr. Silvia Schultermandl
University of Graz
Department of American Studies

Dr. Marc Streit
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Institute of Computer Graphics

Dr. Thomas Wallnig
University of Vienna
Department of History


Dr. Thomas Fahringer
University of Innsbruck
Institute of Computer Science

Dr. Martina Hoeckner
University of Innsbruck
Institute of Zoology

Dr. Thomas Koenig
WWTF - Vienna Science and Technology Fund
Office of the President of the ERC

Dr. Barbara Strasser
Institute for Nutritional Sciences and Physiology
Department for Medical Sciences and Health Systems Management


Dr. Barbara Brenner
WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business
Department of Global Trade

Dr. Louise Hecht
Palacky University
Kurt and Ursula Schubert Center of Jewish Studies