The purpose of the Fulbright-Botstiber Award in Austrian-American Studies in the United States is to promote the understanding of the historical relationship between Austria and the United States. Therefore, it is open to all scholars of Austrian and American studies whose project proposals contribute toward this objective in a combination of teaching and scholarship. Fulbright Austria and the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) are particularly interested in soliciting applications in the fields of history, the social sciences, economics, and law but also welcome qualified applications from other disciplines, including but not limited to literature, music, and the arts.
Grant proposals require collaboration between potential Fulbright-Botstiber scholars from Austria and potential American host faculty, who will be responsible for effectively anchoring visiting Fulbright-Botstiber scholars in the curriculum, host department, and other activities facilitated by the host institution in the United States.
Project proposals require a detailed letter of invitation from potential host departments and/or institutions, the quality of which is among the most important criteria with regard to evaluating grant proposals.
Flexible combinations of lecturing and research are conceived to allow Fulbright-Botstiber scholars to reach out to students and to simultaneously make scholarly contributions in their disciplines.
Awards may also be conceived to develop new or to promote existing institutional relationships.
This award is a flexible combination of teaching, advising students, collaborative research and/or enhancing institutional collaboration that entails teaching or team-teaching one or more 90-minute (i.e., two Austrian academic hours) class sessions per week. The format, content, and level of the individual courses (advanced undergraduate and graduate), associated activities, and research focus are negotiated on a consensual basis with the host institution, contingent upon the grantee’s interests and expertise and the host institution’s needs.
In partnership with the BIAAS, Fulbright Austria provides grantees with a maintenance grant of $20,000 ($5,000 per month for four months), a health and accident insurance policy with a maximum coverage of $100,000, and a lump-sum travel grant of €1,500.