American Studies (Lecturing Award)
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In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Teach two courses (classes meet once a week for 90 minutes) for advanced undergraduate or graduate students in area of interest, with details on content and format of courses to be arranged by host institution and professor. Other duties, such as tutorials and student advising, are negotiable and depend on the needs and expectations of the host institution and the manner in which the working relationship develops.
Grants must begin in late September 2024 or late February 2025 in line with the Austrian academic year and the mandatory orientation. Teaching and research at the host institution will begin on October 1, 2024 or March 1, 2025 and end on January 31, 2025 or June 30, 2025 respectively.
American Studies—understood as the interdisciplinary study of American culture, history, and society—embraces different disciplines, methodologies, and fields of enquiry.
This award is open to candidates from all disciplines trained in American Studies or associated with American Studies programs at institutions in the United States as well as candidates from all disciplines who may not consider themselves American Studies specialists but who systematically bring their interests and expertise to bear topically on the study of the United States. Primary institutional affiliation may be with the departments of English and/or American Studies (Amerikanistik) at the host institution, and/or with other departments, contingent upon the grantee's field of specialization. The cross-listing of courses is possible.
Instruction will be in English; additional language proficiency not required. For research, foreign-language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required (unless it can be conducted in English). For applicants without local-language proficiency, the feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Open to faculty of all academic ranks with a Ph.D., appropriate teaching experience and relevant expertise.
This award rotates annually among Austrian universities. The host site of the award for the 2024–25 program year is the University of Klagenfurt.
€4,000 per month (approx. $4,400; exchange rates may fluctuate) for four months
All grantees receive a travel and relocation allowance of €1,000 (approx. $1,100; exchange rates may fluctuate).
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Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
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Fulbright Austria offers up to 24 awards, including two research awards, 21 teaching awards with research options, one distinguished teaching award, and three artist-in-residence awards. The great majority of awards are anchored at specific Austrian institutions and correspondingly dedicated to host institutions' specific fields of interest, ranging from natural and life sciences, engineering, and business and economics to the social sciences, arts, and humanities.
In recent years, Austria has established itself as one of the top-ten destinations for Fulbright US Scholars, a success which is largely due to the excellent partnerships the Austrian Fulbright commission has built with institutions across the country. As enthusiastic supporters of the Fulbright program, Austrian institutions are excited to welcome US scholars to their campus and expand their professional networks.
Please note that Austrian institutions will be on summer break from July 1 until September 30. If you contact faculty and staff, please consider that turnaround times will potentially be longer as of early July.
Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) evaluates proposals in terms of their potential to fulfill the program's mandate of promoting mutual understanding between the peoples of Austria and the United States. Proposals for flexible combinations of teaching and research will be evaluated for their scholarly excellence, comparative approaches, bilateral relevance and potential for establishing or enhancing institutional relationships. As a rule, the quality of an applicant's proposal is more important to the Austrian-American Educational Commission than the academic rank of the applicant.
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