Ernst Mach Grants 2018/19 Young Researchers to Study in Austria

The Ernst Mach Grants are named after the famous Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach (1838-1916). The grant program is financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW). Students and young researchers from foreign universities are invited to apply for this grant 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. Age limit for this grant program is 35 years at the time of the application.

Funding Organisation: OeAD-GmbH/ICM on behalf of and financed by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)

Country of Origin: All except Austria

Target Country: Austria

Area of Study or Research:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Technical Sciences
  • Human Medicine, Health Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Arts
Detailed type of grant: Semester and/or one-year grants, Research grants
Funding: National
Duration: 1 to 9 months
Target group:
  • Postgraduates
  • PhD Students
  • PhD holders, post docs

Ernst Mach Grants

Ernst Mach Grants Requirements:

  • postgraduates pursuing a doctoral/PhD programme outside Austria
  • 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 30th, 2016
  • post-docs who are working as lecturers at a university outside Austria

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

  • Maximum age: 35 years (born on or after Oct. 1st, 1982).
  • Language skills: Very good knowledge of English and/or German

Application Procedure:

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

  • 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 not be older than six months at the time of application.)
  • Consent of a lecturer at the Austrian target university to supervise the applicant academically
  • Scanned copy of your passport (page with the name and photo)
  • Scanned copy of your university graduation certificate of your diploma, master, PhD or doctoral studies
  • only for PHD-students: confirmation, that proves your participation in a PHD-program at your home university
  • only for postdoc-lecturers: confirmation that proves your employment at your home university

Ernst Mach Grants General Information:

  • Applicants who seek admission to an university in Austria have to contact the institution of their choice directly.
  • Short-term grants (1 to 3 months) have a priority in the period from January to June. In other cases problems can arise as regards accommodation. When applying for a short-term grant therefore consideration should be given to applying primarily for the period of January to June.
  • The selection process for all grants for Austria is competitive, i.e. there is no legal claim to a grant even if all application requirements are fulfilled.
  • Applicants should consider and explicitly agree that the personal details in the application will be shared with the authority dealing with their application and the contractual exchange partners as well as with other authorities awarding grants in Austria (§ 1 of the Data Protection Act, Federal Law Gazette of the Republic of Austria No. 165/1999, as amended).

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the Ernst Mach Grants

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