Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright-Kathryn and Craig Hall Distinguished Chair for Entrepreneurship in Central Europe


Activity Type
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
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 2023 or February 2024
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Public Administration
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution

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 and research at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) that entails teaching two courses (classes meet once a week for 90 minutes) and guest lectures (or one course as a guest lecturer) at another university in Central Europe affiliated with the host institution in the scholar's area of expertise, as agreed with the scholar. The format, content, and level (advanced undergraduate and graduate) of the individual courses are negotiated with the host institutions.

Locations Detail

The WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and a partner institution in Central Europe (to be determined by WU).

The host institution has a broad network of universities in Central and Eastern Europe with which it cooperates. The institution would welcome having applicants play an active role in seeking out destinations in the region as potential sites. 

The WU will facilitate contacts between the grantee and the other partner institution in Central Europe and monitor logistics as well as administrative processes. However, it will be the grantee's responsibility to articulate course details and travel plans in close collaboration with the WU and the partner institution in Central Europe.

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Award Length and Period

4 months

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.

Areas of Interest

This award is designed to address a broad range of issues associated with entrepreneurship in its various forms, including but not limited to entrepreneurial strategies, start-ups, marketing, private-public partnerships, social entrepreneurship, and enhancing institutional frameworks for the facilitation of entrepreneurship. Projects relating to diversity, access, equity, inclusion, and/or social justice are particularly encouraged. Among others, possible topics include women's entrepreneurship, minority-owned enterprises, economics of race or gender, business and women and/or minorities, and urban economics. For example:

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Women's entrepreneurship
  • Minority-owned enterprise
  • Small business enterprise
  • Business and women and/or minorities
  • Economics of gender, race, and/or the disadvantaged
  • Urban economics and/or economics of the inner city
  • Management and marketing
  • Specialized merchandizing and sales
  • Private-public partnership
  • Entrepreneurial and small-business operations

The WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) has a special but by no means exclusive interest in entrepreneurial culture and strategies, including user integration and innovation management as well as corporate social responsibility and diversity in organizations. The host institution also has an Institute for Gender and Diversity in Organizations. The WU is committed to diversity and inclusion.

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 optional.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

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

Additional Qualification Information

Open to associate and full professors.

Additional Comments

The WU has a special but by no means exclusive interest in entrepreneurial culture and strategies, including user integration and innovation management. Candidates should outline their teaching and research agendas in their proposals. The host institution will arrange affiliation for candidates with appropriate departments. Additional funds are available for guest lecturing elsewhere in Central Europe.

This award is generously funded by the Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation.

Estimated Cost of Living
For an estimated overview of the cost of living in Austria, please visit: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/country/austria. From there, grantees can select their cities.
Special Award Benefits

The WU will provide on-site housing or a housing stipend. Additional support for grant-related lecturing at other institutions in Central Europe may be available. 

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 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):
Email: fbrunner@fulbright.at
Address: Fulbright Austria, quartier21/MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, Austria
Website: www.fulbright.at



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