Awards and Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Center for Austrian Studies, working in cooperation with the University of Minnesota and other individuals and institutions, has been instrumental in helping to provide students from Minnesota and North America with support in terms of both funding opportunities and opportunities to study in Europe. In addition, the Austrian government and universities have made it possible for European students to come to Minnesota and take advantage of the University's unique educational activities.


Summer Research Grants in Austrian/Central European Studies

We regularly offer Summer Research Grant funding intended to provide financial support to currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate students in order to further their progress toward the degree. 

Voices of Vienna Scholarship

The Voices of Vienna scholarship was established by Kathryn and Wilbur Keefer, in honor of Professor Emeritus William Wright, founding director of the Center for Austrian Studies (1978).  The scholarship is administered by the School of Music and the Center for Austrian Studies in alternating years. The Center for Austrian Studies awards the Voices of Vienna Scholarship in even-numbered years.

Deadline for Summer 2024: March 8th, 2024

Research Assistantships

During the academic year and sometimes the summer, the Center for Austrian Studies regularly hires graduate students or two as research assistants to work on its major projects and publications.

Teaching Assistant Exchange

The University of Minnesota and the University of Salzburg have historically had an exchange agreement at the teaching assistant level. In every second year, a graduate student from each institution crosses the Atlantic to do research and teach courses in his or her native language

Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF) Doctoral Research Fellowship

Since 1992, the BMBWF Fellowship has been developing scholars and expanding horizons by giving Austrian graduate students a 10-month residency with a generous stipend at the Center for Austrian Studies. Opportunities abound for fellows to attend seminars, work with world-class University of Minnesota faculty, do scholarly research, and gain experience with administrative and research projects at a major research university.

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship

Administered by the University of Minnesota Graduate School, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) provides a unique opportunity for outstanding mid-career Ph.D. students who are engaged in interdisciplinary research to study with faculty at one of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers or institutes during the fellowship year.

Applicants can designate the Center for Austrian Studies, contingent upon endorsement by the Center, and as long as the director of the center/institute is willing to write the applicant a letter of endorsement. Applicants should also check with their mentors and the Center Director early to ensure a good match.

Carlson School of Management

The Carlson School of Management (CSOM) maintains a separate exchange program in which the Vienna School of Business and Economics (WUV) and CSOM exchange students on the MBA level. In addition, CSOM has European partnerships that have resulted in Global Executive MBA Programs.

FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowships: 

The Institute for Global Studies offers Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships in African and International studies. The competition is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students to study a modern less-commonly-taught language (LCTL) in combination with area studies courses. There will be two distinct competitions (African studies and International studies). Fellowships are available for the following modern foreign languages: 

African Studies: Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Portuguese

International Studies: Arabic, Chinese, Dakota, Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Ojibwe, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Swedish, Urdu

Other languages may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Hella Mears Fellowship 

The Center for German and European Studies offers Hella Mears Graduate Fellowships to fund graduate student research on a wide variety of German and European topics. Since the fellowship's inception, fellowships have been awarded to advanced graduate students in a number of liberal arts disciplines. 

Saltus Grants 

Awarded by the Center for Premodern Studies, Saltus Grants help graduate students expand or strengthen their work as scholars of premodern studies. Saltus Grants encourage students to take a leap toward a new skill or perspective in their scholarship or career. Saltus Grants contribute to professional goals and are complementary to research projects. Prioritizing new skills, platforms, and approaches, Saltus Grants fund opportunities beyond dissertation research and writing.