Hannes Richter

New Fulbright-Botstiber Awards for Austrian-American Studies

Hannes Richter

The Austrian-American Educational Commission announced that it has received a $120,000 award from the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation to fund an exchange program for visiting professors of Austrian-American studies. The program will offer Austrian professors the opportunity to teach at an institution in the United States for one semester, and vice versa.

The whole program provides sufficient funding for one visiting professor per year and country over the course of three years. The purpose of the Fulbright-Botstiber awards in Austrian- American studies is to promote the understanding of the historical relationship between Austria and the United States. The Austrian Fulbright Commission and the Botstiber Foundation are particularly interested in promoting exchanges in the fields of history, the social sciences, economics, and law, but will also welcome qualified applications from other disciplines, including but not limited to literature, music, and the arts.

Grant proposals require the collaboration of potential Fulbright-Botstiber scholars and the potential host faculty from institutions in Austria or the United States, respectively. The host faculty will be responsible for effectively and fully incorporating visiting Fulbright-Botstiber scholars into the curriculum, the host department, and other activities of the host institution.

Flexible combinations of lecturing and research will allow Fulbright-Botstiber visiting professors of Austrian-American studies to reach out to students and make scholarly contributions to their disciplines at the same time. For more information on the inaugural Fulbright-Botstiber award for Austrian professors interested in positions as visiting professors in the U.S. (the application deadline is October 30, 2011 for the 2012/13 academic year, please visit: http://www.fulbright.at/fulbright-for-austrians/ scholars/botstiber.html) For information on the parallel award for U.S. citizens interested in coming to Austria in 2013/14, please visit the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars: www.cies.org