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.
There are NO independent Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards for Austria. Students interested exclusively in teaching assistantship positions in Austria without projects or university enrollment are encouraged to consider applying for the BMBWF's US Teaching Assistantship (USTA) program, which has been adminstered by Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) since 1962. Please note that the USTA program is not a Fulbright program and has a separate application process and deadline. See the USTA program page for details.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No
Fulbright Austria and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research place successful applicants in a secondary school (or schools) in the university city in which the applicant proposes to conduct research.
This grant requires participation in two separate orientations in late September: a one-week Fulbright orientation and an additional one-week teaching assistantship orientation.
- Monthly net salary of approximately €1,307 for nine months (October–May) and a one-time stipend of €1,150 (starting in the 2023–24 program year) for the month of June
- Fulbright-funded accident and sickness 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
- Assisting in the instruction of English 13 hours (plus preparation) per week (October 1–May 31)
- Monthly salary October–May (the Austrian government will deduct health/accident insurance and income tax)
- Full medical coverage under the Austrian national health plan (October 1–July 12)