Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-Medical University of Innsbruck Visiting Professor


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
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 2025 or February 2026
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Environmental Sciences
Information Sciences/Systems
Materials Science
Medical Sciences
Public Health
Scholars selected for this award will be required 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
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project

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.

For more information about Innsbruck, visit Austria's official travel portal.

Award Length and Period

Grants must begin in late September 2025 or late February 2026 in line with the Austrian academic year and the mandatory orientation. Grant activities at the host institution will begin on October 1, 2025 or March 1, 2026 and end on January 31, 2026 or June 30, 2026 respectively.

Areas of Interest

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

The Medical University of Innsbruck is home to theoretical departments in: 
• medical biochemistry, neurobiochemistry, clinical biochemistry, biological chemistry, cell biology, genomics and RNomics, molecular biology, pathophysiology, developmental immunology, 
• physiology, biomedical physics, 
• pharmacology, cell genetics, genetic epidemiology, human genetics, 
• histology and embryology, clinical and functional anatomy, neuroanatomy, 
• hygiene, microbiology and public health virology, 
• pathology, neuropathology and molecular pathology, 
• medical statistics, bioinformatics, informatics and health economics, 
• forensic medicine, general medicine, diversity in medicine

The Medical University of Innsbruck also houses clinical departments in:
• visceral, transplant, and thoracic surgery; cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic surgery; orthopedics and traumatology; urology, aesthesia and intensive care), 
• internal medicine (I) gastroenterology, endocrinology, metabolism and hepatology, (II) infectiology, immunology, pneumology and rheumatology, (III) cardiology and angiology, (IV) nephrology and hypertensiology, (V) haematology and oncology, emergency medicine and critical care medicine, 
• psychiatry (I) affective and schizophrenic disorders, dementia and addictive disorders and (II) anxiety, stress and trauma disorders, eating disorders; psychotherapy, psychosomatics, medical psychology; and psychotherapy and psychosomatics in the age of children and adolescents,  
• neurology, neurobiology, neurosurgery, 
• gynaecology, obstetrics, gynaecological endocrinology, reproductive medicine, 
• otorhinolaryngology (ENT) including hearing, speech & voice disorders
• radiology, neuroradiology, 
• dental and oral medicine, cranio-maxillofacial and oral surgery, restorative dentistry and periodontology, dental prosthetics, orthodontics,
• child and adolescent health, paediatrics
• nuclear medicine, 
• radiotherapy and radiation oncology, 
• dermatology, venereology and allergology, 
• ophthalmology and optometry, 
• gender medicine, neuroscience

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 optional.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Language Requirement

Instruction will be in English. Some knowledge of German is advantageous but not required. 

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

Additional Qualification Information

This award is open to academics and professionals with required terminal degrees, career profile, and teaching experience in relevant fields.

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 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

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