The following sections provide prospective applicants with guidance concerning the online application and the documents that will be required in the application process. Some of the materials required in the online application may have long lead times, such as obtaining a current transcript, drafting a well structured application essay, or soliciting letters of recommendation from a professor or employer. Therefore, good time managment skills and advance planning are important parts of the application process.
Prospective candidates are encouraged to read the sections below carefully before applying.
Only complete applications will be considered. If you would like to apply, please CLICK HERE.
Registration and Log-in
Before proceeding to the application, you must register. This is done by entering a username and a password and by providing some basic personal information. The username must be your first and last name separated with a period. Once you have entered the required information, click on “Create Profile.” You will then receive an e-mail confirming registration and a new password.
In order to log-in again, enter your username and password and click "Sign-in." Do not forget to save work in progress when working on your application.
In order to access the registration page and online application, follow the link above or click on "Application" in the top naviagtion bar. Please note that the e-mail containing your registration information might land in your spam folder. Do not register more than once!
Enter your personal information as specified in the online application form. Please note that some fields are mandatory. This is for internal use only; Fulbright Austria will not sell or share this information with outside parties.
Only US citizens are eligible to apply for the USTA Program. British citizens should contact the British Council.
Please provide Fulbright Austria with a permanent address and a current address.
The current address must be valid untilMay 15. All official correspondence will be sent to the permanent address after May 15.
You should first fill in the name of the institution in which you are currently enrolled or the last institution you attended. You must also enter your major(s) and any minor(s) as well as the type of degree they have received or will receive, including the [expected] date of graduation.
You can list more than one college or university, but be sure to list the institution from which you receive your degree first. Please refrain from listing summer programs or study abroad programs. Only list institutions from which you received a degree or where you are currently enrolled in a degree program.
If you are a transfer student and therefore have multiple transcripts, upload all transcripts in one PDF in the upload section and list both [all] institutions in the university education section of the application form. If you are currently a graduate student, please upload the final transcript of your undergraduate degree as well as a copy of your current transcript in one PDF and list both institutions individually in this section.
Always list your current institution (from which you will be receiving your most recent degree) first!
Apart from uploading a self-designed CV in the Uploads section of the online application, you must fill in the section inquiring about your general work experience, relevant work experience, and social engagement. If you do not have any experience in a given category, this section may be left blank. If you do have experience in any of the three areas, the top three most relevant employers/activities in that area should be listed starting with the most recent employer or activity in each category.
You may enter a maximum of 3 employers/activities in each category including the name of the employer, duties and responsibilities as well as the duration of employment and number of hours worked per week.
The following documents are required in the application process and must be uploaded as a PDF file (not exceeding 2MB) before the end of the application deadline:
Signed application form
Proof of German proficiency
Current (or final) transcript
Two letters of recommendation
For more information on the specific uploads, please consult the section that discusses the Uploads in more detail.
Letters of Recommendation
You are encouraged to choose references who can best address the qualifications and skill sets required for successful participation in the USTA program. Please contact potential references in advance to ask them if they will provide letters of recommendation before listing them as references.
Enter the name and e-mail address of each reference. Once this information has been saved, the reference will receive an e-mail asking him/her to complete a short questionnaire and write a letter of recommendation. The online application has a function that allows applicants to monitor whether their references have submitted letters of recommendation.
You may (a) remind references once to submit their letter of recommendation if they have not yet done so and (b) remove references who have not submitted their letters and replace them with alternate references (before the January 15 deadline). Both letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline.
USTAs are placed in communities large and small in urban and rural settings in all nine Austrian provinces. Fulbright Austria solicits information on placement preferences from applicants to facilitate matching finalists with assignments that best correspond to their interests to the greatest extent possible.
In the online application, you can list up to two Austrian provinces or indicating that you have no particular placement preferences. If you are interested in placement in metropolitan areas, such as Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, and Innsbruck, note that the number of positions in these cities is limited and you are advised to be flexible.
You may also describe what type of general setting or region they would prefer.
Furthermore, there is a wide variety of higher secondary school types with specialized curricula in Austria. You can indicate a preference to work in a particular type of school that best matches your interests and qualifications with the curricula and needs of specific institutions. Consult the respective section of the USTA website for detailed information on different kinds of Austrian higher secondary schools.