Ernst Mach grants, Austria

Deadline: 1 March 2012 for the academic year 2012/13
Open to:  Post graduates or PhD holders in several disciplines (the list of the disciplines can be found below)
Grant: €940 monthly (for graduates)


The Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law wants to inform you about the Ernst Mach Grants which are awarded by the Austrian Exchange Service (ÖAD) and the Academic Cooperation and Mobility Unit (ACM) on behalf of and financed by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (BMBWK). Areas of study research include Natural Sciences, Technical Sciences, Medicine, Agriculture and Forestry, Veterinary Medicine, Social Sciences, Law and Economics, Humanities and Theology and Fine Arts.


The duration of the grant can be from 1 to 9 months and it can be either semester or one-year grant. Conditions of the grant include:

1) Monthly grant rate
a) for graduates: 940 EUR
b) for graduates over 30 years with a PhD degree: 1,040 EUR
2) Accident and health insurance, accommodation (If necessary, the OeAD-GmbH will take out an accident and health insurance on behalf of the grant recipient).
The OeAD-GmbH will endeavour to provide accommodation (student hall of residence or flat) for recipients of grants who wish to get accommodation arranged by the OeAD. Monthly costs: 220 to 470 EUR (depending on how much comfort the recipients of grants want). An administration fee of 18 EUR per month is payable to the OeAD-GmbH for arranging accommodation. The costs for insurance and accommodation have to be paid out of the grant by the recipient of the grant.
3) Recipients of grants are exempted from paying tuition fees.
4) Recipients of grants from non-European developing countries will also receive a travel costs subsidy of 730 EUR maximum.


a) postgraduates pursuing a doctoral/PhD programme outside Austria;
b) postgraduates and post-docs wishing to pursue research in Austria with a view to an academic career and who
completed their studies (at a university outside Austria) after September 30 th, 2010;
c) post-docs who are working as lecturers at a university outside Austria.
(Applicants under a) have to prove that they pursue doctoral/PhD studies, applicants under c) have to prove that
they are employed by a university.)

Applicants must not have studied/pursued research/pursued acdemic work in Austria in the last six months before taking up the grant.
Maximum age: 35 years (born on or after Oct. 1st, 1976).
Good knowledge of German, particularly in the respective subject area, is a prerequisite. For projects to be carried out in English a good knowledge of English in the respective subject area is required.

How to apply?

The following documents have to be uploaded with the online application:

• Two letters of recommendation by university lecturers (for these letters of recommendation no specific form is required; they must contain the letterhead, date and signature of the person recommending the applicant and the stamp of the university / department and must be no older than six months at the time of application.)
• Consent of a lecturer at the Austrian target university to supervise the applicant academically
• Scan of your passport (page with the name and photo)
• Scan of your university graduation certificate of your diploma, master, PhD or doctoral studies

Along with the requested documentary evidence (as per attached PDF file), the following information is as well needed:

• CV
• Publication list
• preferred date of beginning and end of your research stay
• second preference for start and end
• topic and a brief outline of your doctoral thesis

Because a hardcopy application is not possible, in order to apply, you need to visit where you need to register and upload all the necessary documents.

Selection criteria

The selection committee examines and assesses the applications according to the following criteria:
• Why do you want to study or conduct research in Austria?
• What exactly do you want to do in Austria during your study or research period?
• In which way do you want to carry out your project, which scientific methods do you want to use?
• What is the aim of your study or research in Austria?
• Which steps do you plan to take in order to reach this aim (attendance of lectures, archive work, interviews, …)?
• Have you already carried out some preparatory work towards achieving this aim (if so, which?)?
• Where do you want to carry out your studies or research work (library, archive, institute, …)?
• Prior studying history (duration and grades), or list of publications or documentation of your artistic activities carried out so far, respectively.
• Plausibility of the application in general


For further information, please contact Mr. Michael Schedl (e-mail: [email protected]).

The Official Website

To download a full information kit, please click here.


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