Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) offers up to four Community-Based Combined Grants to facilitate community service, internships, capacity-building, and other community-based projects. These grants are combined with university coursework and English teaching assistantships funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF). Grant recipients work as teaching assistants at secondary schools in Austrian university cities for 13 hours per week (plus preparation and administration time) while concurrently pursuing a project at a community organization and taking university courses on a part-time basis. Applicants should be aware that their teaching assignment will be their first scheduling priority.
Fulbright Austria reviews project proposals for their coherence, quality, originality, feasibility, and benefit to local communities 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 proposals that reach out to underserved populations and in proposals of bilateral or comparative relevance that enhance Austrian-American collaboration.