Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-Freud Visiting Lecturer of Psychoanalysis


Application Deadline
Monday, September 16, 2024
Award Code
Activity Type
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
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
February 2026
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Art History
Film/Cinema Studies
Gender Studies
History (non- U.S.)
Literature (American)
Literature (non- U.S.)
Museum Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

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

Researching at the Sigmund Freud Foundation in Vienna and teaching one course or seminar on a topic related to the research project at a Viennese host institution. Details of the teaching assignment are to be arranged by the Sigmund Freud Foundation and Fulbright Austria in consultation with grantee.

Location Selection: Award is hosted by the institution listed below
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Award Length and Period

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

Areas of Interest

Human sciences, cultural studies, theory and/or practice of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic studies, neurosciences in relation to psychoanalysis, and arts related to psychoanalysis.

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 required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Applicants must solicit a letter of invitation from the Sigmund Freud Foundation by submitting a curriculum vitae and research/lecturing proposal. Visit the Sigmund Freud Museum's website for more information about the institution.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Language Requirement

Fulbright-Freud scholars are expected to have a basic knowledge of German; English may be used as the language of instruction.

Additional Qualification Information

This award is open to academics with required terminal degrees, career profile, and several years teaching/research experience in relevant fields of psychoanalysis.

Award Allowances

 €3,300 per month (approx. $3,600; exchange rates may fluctuate) 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.

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