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Fulbright Austrian Student Program in USA, 2019-2020

The Fulbright award is aimed at Austrians who are seeking a Master’s degree in the United States. One or two-year master programs are supported.

Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited university or university of applied sciences, or at the time of the application, shortly before graduation.



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  • Application Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Course Level: The studentships are available for masters degree programme.
  • Study Subject: These include
      1. Business and Management (MBA and related programs)
      2. LLM programs
      3. Human and veterinary medicine and pharmacy
  • Award: 
    • Tuition and maintenance grant of up to USD 25.000 for one-year programs, or up to USD 35.000 for multi-annual programs
    • lump-sum travel grant of 1.500 Euros
    • enrollement in the Department of State’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE)
    • negotiation of (partial) tuition waivers or additional financial support with the U.S. institution by IIE
    • coaching and administrative support during the application phase, which heightens the probability to be accepted by a U.S. institution
    • vouchers for GRE and TOEFL examinations after the admission into the Fulbright Program
    • submission of the application to 4 U.S. institutions as a “Fulbright candidate” and coverage of application fees by IIE
    • Visa sponsorship: J1-visa (exchange visitor) requires grantees to return to their home country for at least 2 years after the completion of their studies before they can apply for a residence or work permit. The re-entry on a tourist or student visa is possible anytime.
    • pre-academic training in the U.S. (occasionally) and/or participation in “enrichment seminars” in the course of one’s stay
  • Number of Awards: Not known
  • Nationality: Students with Austrian citizenship
  • The award can be taken in the USA


  • Eligible Countries: Students with Austrian citizenship can apply for this Fulbright scholarship.
  • Entrance Requirements:
    • Austrian citizenship (dual citizens [Austria-U.S.A] are not eligible due to the program regulations.)
    • Candidates need to have already earned a degree from an accredited university or university of applied sciences or be close to the completion of their degree.
      • bachelor programs: completion of degree by October 1, 2019 at the latest (degrees completed by October 30, 2019 can be considered on a case by case basis).
      • master programs: completion of degree by May 1, 2020 at the latest
    • The Fulbright Austrian Student Program funds Master programs at all accredited US institutions. So-called “professional degrees” cannot be funded. This includes, for instance,
      1. MBAs and similar programs in Business, Management, Marketing und Finance (with the exception of not-for-profit management and social entrepreneurship, public management and administration, public affairs, and/or public policy (MPA/MPP)
      2. LLM programs (with the exception of constitutional law, human rights law, international public law, legal theory and philosophy, comparative law, legal history)
      3. medical programs, veterinarian medicine, pharmacy (with the exception of public health)
    • Stipends cannot be awarded for study programs that candidates have already been admitted to or have applied for outside of the Fulbright program
    • Candidates who meet the qualifications to apply for a Fulbright Scholar Program (Postdocs and professionals) cannot apply for a Fulbright Student Grant
    • Candidates who already received a Fulbright Student Grant, a postgraduate grant from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and Economics (with the exception of internships), or a grant from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) or the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) are also not eligible.
    • Furthermore, it is not possible to be funded through Fulbright whilst receiving a stipend from the institutions noted above.
    • As Fulbright students are funded through the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), Fulbright grantees are not eligible to apply for other grants offered by the BMBWF.
    • The nomination for a Fulbright grant is contingent upon approval by the FSB (J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board). According to the FSB’s rules and regulations, candidates who already are in the US at the time of their application are not eligible to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to candidates who do not have extensive and recent experience of living and studying in the US.

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Application Procedure:

How to Apply:

  • Application deadline for the academic year 2020-21: May 1, 2019
  • The most qualified applicants are invited for an interview, which will take place in Vienna in June 2019, via e-mail
  • Candidates will be notified of whether or not they were selected by the end of June or beginning of July 2019
  • Half-day seminar for nominated candidates to optimize their applications (July 2019 in Vienna)
  • Revision of the application documents by the candidates until September 10, 2019
  • Submission of the TOEFL and GRE test results by September 10, 2019
  • Submission of the application to 4 U.S. institutions through the Institute of International Education in the fall of 2019.

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