Austrian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students

Deadline: 1 March 2016
Open to: descendants of forced laborers (regardless of their country of origin) or people coming from countries that have suffered exceptionally from the Nazi regime, especially from the recruitment of forced laborers
Scholarships: EUR 940 per month, accommodation, travel costs


Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) and the EU are inviting all international undergraduate, graduate and PhD students to apply for studying scholarships in Austria. The area in which the scholarships are awarded are the following:

  • Natural Sciences;
  • Technical Sciences;
  • Human Medicine, Health Sciences;
  • Agricultural Sciences;
  • Social Sciences;
  • Humanities;
  • Arts.

The scholarships can be granted for up to 1 Academic year. Short-term grants (1 to 3 months) have a priority in the period from January to June. Scholarships are also awarded for research periods at scientific research institutions in Austria (e.g. universities, Austrian Academy of Sciences, National Library, National Archive).


Eligible for application are:

  • Descendants of forced laborers (regardless of their country of origin);
  • People coming from countries that have suffered exceptionally from the Nazi regime, especially from the recruitment of forced laborers.

Students meeting the above mentioned criteria can apply to pursue research:

  • On their diploma or master thesis;
  • Or their dissertation.

Age limit:

  • Doctoral students: 40 years at the time of submission of the application (for the application deadline September 1, 2015: born on or after September 1, 1975) ;
  • Other students: 35 years at the time of submission of the application (for the application deadline September 1, 2015: born on or after September 1, 1980).

Applicants must not have studied/pursued research/pursued academic work in Austria in the last six months before taking up the grant.


  1. Monthly scholarship installment: 940 EUR;
  2. Accident and health insurance: if necessary, the OeAD (Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research) will effect an accident and health insurance. The costs for the insurance have to be covered from the scholarship;
  3. The OeAD provides scholarship holders with accommodation (student dormitory or apartment). Monthly costs: 220 to 470 EUR (depending on the level of comfort requested by the scholarship holder). The scholarship holder has to pay an administrative fee of 18 EUR/month to the OeAD for the provision of accommodation. The costs for the accommodation have to be covered from the scholarship;
  4. Applicants from countries which are neither members of the EU nor members of EFTA, EEA or OECD can be granted a travel allowance. The lump sum depends on the country of origin.


  • Fully completed Online Application form “Application for a Scholarship of the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria” including a CV and a project plan, describing the plans and completed  preparatory work for the research stay in Austria;
  • Two letters of recommendation from university lecturers. For these letters of recommendation no specific form is required; they have to 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;
  • Confirmation of supervision by a supervisor at the chosen Austrian university, university of applied sciences or research institution
  • Scanned passport (showing the name and picture of the applicant);
  • University graduation certificate of your diploma, master, PhD or doctoral studies at a university outside Austria resp. proof of enrollment at a study programme at a university outside Austria;
  • For descendants of forced laborers: processing number or photocopy of the letter of information or other relevant proofs.

Deadline for applying is 1 March 2016.

For more information please visit the official website.

7 thoughts on “Austrian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students

  1. Im drilon a student from kosovo and im studying public administration and international relations in universum college first year of bachelor deegre soo what im tryin to know is the easy way to apply about this grant scholarship must nessecary apply online or has any other ways to do this? Thank you

  2. Dear /sir/madam
    I am a graduate from Wollo University, Ethiopia and got Bsc. degree in plant science on July 5, 2013 with CGPA=3.82/4 or 95.5%.As we know Ethiopian educational language policy is in English from high school to higher education ,so I had taken all courses in English on wards high school .currently working as junior researcher in the Ethiopian institute of agricultural research, Ethiopia
    In short my Bsc degree is plant science and medium of instruction in High school and BSc degree is English so,am i eligible to apply for agronomy,plant breeding or plant science if yes, please forward the recent application form and other relevant information to get the chance to me.
    kind regards
    Geteneh mitku, Ethiopia
    Gmail [email protected]

  3. Dear Sir/Madam
    I am a graduate from the University of Ghana, got a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a certificate in global human resource management. As we Ghana’s official language is English, so all my education was instructed in English. Currently, I am working with the Takoradi Polytechnic as a Principal Administrative Assistant. I would like to know if I qualify to apply for this scholarship. Counting on your prompt response.
    Thank you.
    Emmanuel Akesseh
    email [email protected]

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