Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-Medical University of Innsbruck Visiting Professor


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
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 2023 or February 2024
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Environmental Sciences
Information Sciences/Systems
Materials Sciences
Medical Sciences
Public Health
Scholars selected for this award can choose 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
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

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 activities that entails teaching a minimum of two class sessions (90 minutes each) per week for graduate students and PhD students offered at the Medical University of Innsbruck in the field of medical science and life sciences. Grant-related activities may also include advising or supervising advanced students as well as developing joint research projects with faculty. The format and content of individual courses and research objectives are negotiated on a consensual basis with the host institution, contingent upon its needs and the grantee’s interests and expertise. The Medical University of Innsbruck is seeking individuals that are also open to making an active contribution to the research conducted at the department as well as to publishing jointly written research papers.

Locations Detail

Medical University of Innsbruck

Tyrol and its provincial capital, Innsbruck, constitute one of the pillars of the Fulbright Program in Austria. In the heart of the Alps and with over 133,206 inhabitants, the city of Innsbruck offers an outstanding academic environment that includes teaching and research at the highest level. The Medical University of Innsbruck is a renowned university in the Austrian educational landscape and beyond, with a strong portfolio of academic fields in addition to medicine, including life science and basic science. The university hosts about 3,000 students and 2,000 staff and faculty members in its theoretical and clinical departments.

Award Length and Period

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

Specializations may include medical science, life sciences, molecular life sciences, infection, immunity and transplantation, neuroscience, oncology, genetics, epigenetics, and genomics.

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.
Additional Language Requirement

Instruction is in English. Some knowledge of German is advantageous but not required. 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 faculty of all academic ranks with a PhD, appropriate teaching experience, and relevant expertise.

Additional Comments

Theoretical Departments: Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Pathophysiology, Department of Physiology & Medical Physics, Department of Genetics & Pharmacology, Department of Anatomy, Histology & Embryology, Department of Hygiene, Microbiology & Public Health, Department of Medical Statistics, Informatics & Health Economics, Institute of Pathology, Neuropathology & Molecular Pathology, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Institute of Pharmacology, Institute of General Medicine, Theoretical Medicine, and Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Pathophysiology

Clinical Departments: Department of Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology & Optometry, Institute of Gender, Medicine & Diversity, Joint Institute of Neuroscience, Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics, Department of Gynecology, Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), Hearing, Speech & Voice Disorders, Department of Radiology, Department of Dental & Oral Medicine & Craniomaxillofacial & Oral Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Allergology

This award is generously funded by the Medical University of Innsbruck.

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.

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



Previous Fulbright Recipients

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