International healthcare challenges such as COVID-19 or hMPXV teach us that we rely on collaborative approaches to tackle the issues we will face in the future on both sides of the Atlantic. Fulbright Austria is dedicated to knowledge transfer and cooperation and to strengthening the bonds that unite the US and Austria. With the support of our institutional partners and cooperating agencies in both countries, we are in a position to offer 27 hyphenated awards for US scholars and students—and now, 28. In 2022, we took the next bold step in our journey and concluded a new partnership agreement with Paracelsus Medical University (PMU), thereby establishing the second Fulbright visiting-professor opportunity at a medical university in Austria.
The Fulbright-Paracelsus Medical University Visiting Professor13 July 2022
Fulbright Austria is delighted to announce a new partnership with Paracelsus Medical University in the field of life sciences.
PMU is a renowned university in the Austrian educational landscape and beyond with the mission to combine "strong research performance and unique multi-professional education and training of its students with university-wide entrepreneurial sustainability to best contribute to people's health." In 2021, the university hosted about 1,556 students and 470 faculty and staff members on its campuses in Salzburg and Nuremberg. Based on the European Reference Frameworks, the Paracelsus Medical University Hospital is designated as a center of expertise for rare skin disorders (Epidermolysis bullosa), rare craniofacial abnormalities, and rare and complex epilepsies. In addition, its Institute for Nursing Sciences is designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research and Education. PMU is also continuously developing its excellent research and innovation portfolio and focuses on novel therapies and regenerative medicine as well as on public-health and health-services research.
The state of Salzburg and its eponymously named provincial capital are among the strong pillars of the Fulbright Program in Austria. On the banks of the Salzach, Salzburg city offers a wonderful cultural and academic setting that includes teaching and research at the highest level. To strengthen the links with the Austrian states and to broaden the Austrian grant portfolio within the Fulbright framework, Fulbright Austria strives to expand the opportunities outside of Vienna. Together with our strategic partners, Fulbright Austria has established a strong community of US and Austrian alums that provides a broad network for future US Fulbrighters in Salzburg. The Fulbright-Paracelsus Medical University Visiting Professor in Salzburg city will help us to expand the opportunities in Salzburg, cultivate our active Fulbright Austria community, and strengthen the pillars of the Fulbright network in Austria beyond Fulbright Austria’s homebase in Vienna.
We are so delighted to announce that starting in the 2024–25 program year, one US scholar will teach and research in the field of life science and medical science in Salzburg. This award is open to early-, mid-, and late-career scholars with a PhD or equivalent. The candidates should be experts in the fields of life science and public health, including molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, or medical engineering. With this new award, we have further strengthened and recharged the relationship between the US and Austria and are helping to solve the problems of tomorrow.