Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor of Austrian-American Studies in Austria


Application Deadline
Monday, September 16, 2024
Award Code
Activity Type
Professional Project
The Professional Project activity type provides professionals and artists in various fields the opportunity to interact with relevant organizations abroad to explore a topic related to their field without answering a defined research question. Professional Projects may include: professional consultations; artist residencies; visits to organizations in the applicant's field; practical experience in day-to-day operations; public lectures; mentoring; arranging exhibitions, performances or musical compilations; preparation of print materials (books, articles, or reviews); exchange of expertise with other professionals; participation in public events; or other appropriate professional activities.
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
September 2025 or February 2026
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
American Studies
Area Studies (non- U.S.)
Art History
Film/Cinema Studies
History (American)
History (non- U.S.)
Literature (American)
Literature (non- U.S.)
Political Science
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project

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.

Award Activity

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. 

Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Any appropriate institution.

Institutions that might be interested in hosting a Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor include public universities, private universities, universities of applied sciences, university colleges of teacher education, and other institutions of post-secondary education.

For more information on Austria, visit the official travel portal.

Award Length and Period

Grants must begin in late September 2025 or late February 2026 in line with the Austrian academic year and the mandatory orientation. Grant activities at the host institution will begin on October 1, 2025 or March 1, 2026 and end on January 31, 2026 or June 30, 2026 respectively.

Areas of Interest

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.

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.

All applicants must meet the Program eligibility requirements (click to review the requirements).

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Not applicable – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Please direct questions regarding the letter of invitation to the BIASS contact provided in the "Helpful Links" section below.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Language Requirement

Instruction will be in English. Some knowledge of German is advantageous but not required. 

If German is required to complete the proposed research project, proficiency must be documented in the project proposal.

Additional Qualification Information

This award is open to academics with required terminal degrees, career profile, and teaching experience in relevant fields. Artists and professionals may apply.

Award Allowances

$5,000 per month for four months

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

All grantees receive a travel and relocation allowance of €1,000 (approx. $1,100; exchange rates may fluctuate).

Do you offer additional dependent benefits
Estimated Cost of Living

For an estimated overview of the cost of living in Austria, please click here.


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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Fulbright Austria offers up to 24 awards, including two research awards and 22 teaching awards with research options. 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. Fulbright Austria hosts two US scholar cohorts per year, with the majority of scholars arriving in spring.

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 campuses and to 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.

Fulbright Austria expects applicants to take all possible measures to avoid plagiarism. For resources on plagiarism, please visit these external resources:
• The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research’s Best Practice Guide for Research Integrity and Ethics
• The Austrian Agency for Research Integrity’s website

Grantees to Austria are responsible for costs related to obtaining a visa in the US. 

In country, the first grant payment will be disbursed at the start of the grantee's assignment, pending submission of the Austrian bank information form. Bank processing times for the first grant payment may take up to two weeks from the date of submission. Grantees should be prepared to cover their own expenses for this period. No dependent support is available. 

For an estimated overview of the cost of living in Austria, please visit: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/country/austria

For further information on life in Austria, please visit the U.S. Embassy Vienna's website and the Austrian Embassy Washington's website.

Dr. Franziska Brunner, Scholar Program Officer
Fulbright Austria (Austrian-American Educational Commission):
Email: fbrunner@fulbright.at
Address: Fulbright Austria, MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria
Website: www.fulbright.at
Diversity Statement download: .pdf

Previous Fulbright Recipients

To view the alumni who have awards to Austria, please visit the grant pages on Fulbright Austria's website at https://www.fulbright.at/programs/in-austria/scholars.

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.