Ernst Mach Grants for Young Researchers

Deadline: 1 March 2015
Open to: students and young researchers from foreign universities outside Austria
Scholarship: EUR 940 – EUR 1,040/month


Students and young researchers from foreign universities are invited to apply for The Ernst Mach Grants to come to Austria for a research or a study stay. Every year a board of representatives of the Austrian Ministry awards the Ernst Mach Grants based on the results of an expert examination procedure.

The grants are awarded in the following areas of study/research:

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

Duration of stay is limited to a maximum of 9 months (extensions are not possible within this program) in the academic year 2015/2016.


The program is open to:

  • postgraduates pursuing a doctoral/PhD program outside Austria,
  • postgraduates and post-docs wishing to do research in Austria with a view to an academic career and who have completed their studies (at a university outside Austria),
  • post-docs who are working as lecturers at a foreign university outside Austria,
  • maximum age limit: 35 years  (born on or after Oct. 1st, 1979),
  • applicants must not have studied/pursued research/pursued academic work in Austria in the last six months before taking up the grant,
  • 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.


  • Monthly grant rate: 
    • for graduates: 940 EUR 
    • for graduates with a PhD degree: 1,040 EUR
  • Accident and health insurance, accommodation:
    • If necessary, the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education & Research (OeAD-GmbH) will take out an accident and health insurance on behalf of the grant recipient.
    • The OeAD-GmbH will endeavor to provide accommodation, monthly costs: 220 to 470 EUR. 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.
  • Recipients of grants are exempted from paying tuition fees. 
  • Recipients of grants from non-European developing countries will also receive a travel costs subsidy of 730 EUR maximum.


Application deadline is 1 March 2015. Apply online HERE.

Required documents:

  • Two letters of recommendation by university lecturers
  • 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

Applicants who seek admission to a university in Austria have to contact the institution of their choice directly (find the list HERE).

For further information read the official call HERE.

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