Fulbright-IFK Senior Fellow in Cultural Studies
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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.
Conduct research at the IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies, University of Art and Design-Linz in Vienna. Research should be relevant to the IFK's overall research program, especially to its current thematic research foci (“cultures of translation”, “different work” and “situated in the global”).
The IFK discourages proposals that are either exclusively theoretical or exclusively empirical in character. It supports projects that combine empirical investigation with thoughtful theoretical work, and develop an interdisciplinary methodological framework.
The IFK offers a public lecture, and grantees can participate in IFK events, workshops, and conferences. In order to facilitate the academic exchange among the fellows, the IFK expects grantees to participate in all fellow lectures and fellow meetings. Senior fellows are also encouraged to interact with IFK research fellows and junior fellows.
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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.
Interdisciplinary and comparative cultural studies, social sciences, and humanities that are relevant to Viennese, Austrian, and Central European traditions.
Working languages at the IFK are English and German. Applicants are not required to speak German.
Open to faculty of all academic ranks with a Ph.D. Several years of teaching and excellent research experience in relevant fields are preferred. Professionals with requisite experience may apply.
Applicants may request a specific grant period; however, award dates are contingent upon IFK logistics. Visit the IFK's website for further information.
This award is generously funded by the IFK.
€2,325 (approx. $2,500; 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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Rental allowance of max. €1,400 (approx. $1,500) for up to two people, or €1,500 (approx. $1,600) for more than two people, is provided by the IFK. The host institution also provides an office space with library, computer, internet, and e-mail facilities.
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.
To learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar awards in Austria for 2024-25, please view our archived webinar and slides to hear directly from the Fulbright Commission, IIE staff and U.S. Scholar alums regarding award details, the scholar experience and application guidance.
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.
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 U.S. Embassy Vienna's website at https://at.usembassy.gov/ and the Austrian Embassy Washington's website https://www.austria.org/overview.
Dr. Franziska Brunner, Scholar Program Officer, Austrian-American Educational Commission (Fulbright Austria):
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