Alpbach Scholarship Programme – become part of Europe’s “Festival of Ideas”!

European Union, 2020
European Union, 2020

Every year, over 650 students from almost 100 nationalities participate as scholarship holders in the European Forum Alpbach. Join smart minds from around the world in a charming Alpine village, immersing yourself in an environment bursting with novel ideas, new ways of thinking and opportunities for making great contacts.

With the Alpbach scholarship programme, young people under 30 can attend this leading interdisciplinary conference and a variety of academic seminars. A basic scholarship covers the participation fee to all events at the European Forum Alpbach. Additional subsidies are available for accommodation and daily allowances.

The grant to participate in the Seminar Week and the Alpbach Symposia is available to international applicants up to the age of 30. We welcome applications from all countries and academic disciplines. Artists and non-graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

There are special application procedures for Austrian, Chinese and Taiwanese nationals. If you hold one of these passports, you cannot apply through the European Forum Alpbach Foundation. See “Where to apply” for more information.

Former Alpbach scholarship holders are invited to return to the European Forum Alpbach as Seminar Assistants or Alpbach Buddies. Information about the scholarships for returners can be found in the alumni section of their website.

What does a scholarship include?

A basic scholarship covers the participation fee (EUR 1600,00) for the whole duration of the event (19.08.-04.09.2020).

Should you not have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your stay, you can additionally apply for a partial scholarship which covers the participation fee and the accommodation (EUR 30 per day) or a full scholarship covering the participation fee, accommodation (EUR 30 per day) and daily allowances for food (EUR 17 per day). Please indicate in your online application under the point “subsidy” if you would like to apply for a full scholarship or a partial scholarship. In order to do so, you need to explain your financial situation in writing and upload a supporting document, e.g. a student grant. If you do not have such proof, a written statement is sufficient.

Please note that due to the high number of applications full scholarships are provided upon availability and upon needs assessment by the selection committee.

The types of scholarships – basic (participation fee), partial scholarships (participation fee and accommodation), and full (participation fee, accommodation, daily allowances) – that are assigned to finalists cannot be contested.

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