Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-Medical University of Innsbruck Visiting Professor


Application Deadline
Friday, September 15, 2023
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
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 2024 or February 2025
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
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.

Location Selection: Award is hosted by the institution listed below
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

4 months

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.

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: Biocenter Innsbruck (Institute of Medical Biochemistry, Institute of Neurobiochemistry, Institute of Clinical Biochemistry, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Institute of Cell Biology, Institute of Genomics and RNomics, Institute of Molecular Biology, Institute of  Pathophysiology, Institute of Developmental Immunology, Institute of Bioinformatics), Department of Physiology and Medical Physics (Institute of Physiology, Institute of Biomedical Physics), Department of Genetics and Pharmacology (Institute of Cell Genetics, Institute of Genetic Epidemiology, Institute of Human Genetics), Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology (Institute of Clinical and Functional Anatomy, Institute of Neuroanatomy, Institute of Histology and Embryology), Department of Hygiene, Microbiology and Public Health (Institute of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology, Institute of Virology), Department of Medical Statistics, Informatics and Health Economics (Institute of Medical Statistics and Informatics, Institute of Health Economics), Institute of Pharmacology, Institute of Pathology, Neuropathology and Molecular Pathology, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Institute of General Medicine, Institute of Diversity in Medicine

Clinical Departments: Department of Surgery (University Hospital for Visceral, Transplant and Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital for Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital for Vascular Surgery, University Hospital for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, University Hospital for Orthopedics and Traumatology, University Hospital for Urology, University Hospital for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care), Department of Internal Medicine (University Hospital for Internal Medicine I - Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Hepatology, University Hospital for Internal Medicine II - Infectiology, Immunology, Pneumology and Rheumatology, University Hospital for Internal Medicine III - Cardiology and Angiology, University Hospital for Internal Medicine IV - Nephrology and Hypertensiology, University Hospital for Internal Medicine V - Haematology and Oncology, Joint Institution for Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine), Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Medical Psychology (University Hospital for Psychiatry I- Affective and schizophrenic disorders, dementia and addictive disorders, University Hospital for Psychiatry II - Anxiety, stress and trauma disorders, eating disorders, University Hospital for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in the age of children and adolescents),  Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery (University Hospital for Neurology, Division for Neurobiology, University Hospital for Neurosurgery), Department of Gynaecology (University Hospital for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital for Gynaecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine), Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), Hearing, Speech & Voice Disorders (University Hospital for Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), University Hospital for Hearing, Speech & Voice Disorders), Department of Radiology (University Hospital for Radiology, University Hospital for Neuroradiology), Department of Dental and Oral Medicine and  Cranio-maxillofacial and Oral Surgery (University Hospital for Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology, University Hospital for Dental Prosthetics, University Hospital for Orthodontics, University Hospital for Cranio-maxillofacial and Oral Surgery), Department of Child and Adolescent Health (Paediatrics I, II and III), University Hospital for Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital for Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology, University Hospital for Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, University Hospital for Ophthalmology and  Optometry, Joint Institution for Gender Medicine, Institute for Neuroscience

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

Award Allowances

€5,000 per month (approx. $5,500; 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, 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.

Dr. 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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