Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor of Austrian-American Studies in Austria
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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.
A flexible combination of teaching, advising students, collaborative research, and/or enhancing institutional collaboration that entails teaching one or more courses (classes meet once a week for 90 minutes). The purpose of the Fulbright-Botstiber Award in Austrian-American Studies is to promote an understanding of the historical relationship between Austria and the United States. 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 host institution's needs.
Grants must begin in late September 2023 or late February 2024 in line with the Austrian academic year and the mandatory orientation. Teaching and research at the host institution will begin on October 1, 2023 or March 1, 2024 and end on January 31, 2024 or June 30, 2024 respectively.
This award is open to all scholars of Austrian and American studies whose project proposals contribute toward this objective in terms of combinations of teaching and research.
Fulbright Austria and the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies 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. Only applications that are in line with the bilateral mission of the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies will be considered.
Please direct questions regarding the letter of invitation to the BIASS contact provided in the "Helpful Links" section below.
Instruction will be in English; additional language proficiency not required. Some knowledge of German is desirable. 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.
This award is open to faculty of all academic ranks with a PhD or equivalent, appropriate teaching experience, and relevant expertise.
Grant proposals require the collaboration of potential Fulbright-Botstiber scholars and potential Austrian host faculty, who will be responsible for effectively anchoring visiting Fulbright-Botstiber scholars in the curriculum, host department and other activities of an Austrian host institution. Project proposals with a letter of invitation from potential host departments and/or institutions are therefore preferred.
Flexible combinations of teaching and research are conceived to allow Fulbright-Botstiber scholars to reach out to students and make scholarly contributions to their disciplines at the same time. Awards also may be conceived to develop new or promote existing institutional relationships.
This award is generously funded by the Botstiber Foundation.
$5,000 per month for four months
All grantees receive a travel and relocation allowance of €1,000 (approx. $1,100; exchange rates may fluctuate).
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.
Fulbright Austria offers up to 27 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.
For an estimated overview of the cost of living in Austria, please visit: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/country/austria. No dependent support is available. For further information on life in Austria, please visit the US Embassy Vienna's website at https://at.usembassy.gov/ and the Austrian Embassy Washington's website https://www.austria.org/overview.
Prospective applicants may contact the Austrian-American Educational Commission for advice or further information about the application process.
Franziska Brunner, Scholar Program Officer, Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Austria):
Address: Fulbright Austria, quartier21/MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria
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