Applicants should identify the individuals and institutions that will provide on-site guidance and include letters of invitation, if possible. Recipients of a Fulbright Combined Grant are recommended not to seek to earn an Austrian university degree due to time and scheduling constraints.
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.
Music and fine-arts applicants
Applicants in music and fine arts are strongly encouraged to apply as creative and performing arts applicants and to note their interest in the Combined Grant in that application so that they can submit a portfolio of supplemental materials.
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.