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Is my chance of being granted a scholarship higher if I apply only for some few events instead of the entire event?

We recommend a participation in the entire event because the combination of academic seminars followed by symposia and short courses on specific topics reflects the special character of the European Forum Alpbach.

Can I nevertheless apply for some events only?

In principle, it is possible to apply for some events only, however your chances for a scholarship decrease.

What should I take into further consideration when it comes to the application process?

Please be aware, that when applying for a scholarship you are applying directly for a participation grant. However there is the possibility to apply for an additional grant. Please find an overview on the offers here.

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Incomplete and applications via e-mail as well as handing in some documents at a later stage will not be considered.

Is it possible to apply for different scholarship programmes?

When applying for different scholarship programmes (e.g. at the European Forum Alpbach Foundation and at one of the Members of the Forum Alpbach Network, please indicate all of them on the supplementary form (PDF). Provided that the respective application criteria are satisfied, you can apply at a maximum of three different grant places.

Why do I have to indicate my social security or passport number?

We need your passport or social security number for our accounting files and reporting to our donors, statistical agencies and for supporting you in visa affairs.

Why do you ask for the main place of residence and residence at the time of high school graduation?

Some scholarships are reserved for persons from distinct regions (e.g. a certain province or so-called Bundesland). It is better if you indicate both addresses so that we know that you have a connection to this region.

Can I send my application documents by e-mail?

The European Forum Alpbach does not accept applications via e-mail. Please send all documents by regular mail to

European Forum Alpbach Non-Profit Foundation under Private Law
Franz-Josefs-Kai 13/10
1010 Vienna

Can I apply for a returner scholarship to the European Forum Alpbach Foundation?

From this year onwards return scholarships are only possible via Clubs or IGs. Alternatively you can apply as a seminar assistant via the European Forum Alpbach Foundation.

Is there a specific country focus within the EFA scholarship programme 2016?

The European Forum Alpbach Foundation reduces scholarships for Austrian applicants in 2016, however you can apply for a scholarship to one of the many Austrian Clubs and IGs or to some of our partner organisations. The country focus of the EFA scholarship programme 2016 is: Czech Republic, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden (nationality).

When will all applicants be notified about the results?

The European Forum Alpbach will inform all applicants via e-mail during the second half of May at the latest. Please do not contact us prior to this date regarding the status of your application. Thank you for your understanding.

When applying should I already take care of accommodation?

The European Forum Alpbach disposes of an adequate allocation of student accommodation (approx. 23€/night) and will handle your room booking if you are granted a scholarship. Therefore, it is not necessary for you to reserve accommodation prior to the announcement of the selection results.

When travelling to Alpbach, I will have to enter the Schengen area. Will you be able to support my visa application?

The Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs supports us and will inform the nearest Austrian consulate or a consulate with representation for Austria about your visa application. Every Austrian consulate will issue your visa free of charge. However, we can only assure that this is the case when applying at Austrian consulates directly. If you are applying at the consulate of another member of the Schengen area, we cannot guarantee that your files are handled free of charge.

Are there any costs that I have to cover myself

You have to cover travelling expenses and cancellation costs of your accommodation in all cases.

Will you contract a health and accident insurance for me?

No, please do so yourself for the period of your stay in Alpbach with two additional days for travelling between your hometown and Alpbach.

How do I find out about the accommodation I am staying at?

The Alpbach Tourism GmbH sends the confirmation of your booking to your e-mail address no later than 3 days before your arrival. Ms Katharina Dander will be available for questions concerning accommodation during the event. (Tel.: +43 (5336) 600-100)

I have arrived in Alpbach. What to do now?

The reception on the ground floor of the Congress Centre will supply you with your badge and an information folder. Please carry this card with you at all times as you will need to present it for admission to all events. For any questions regarding organisational matters please contact the scholarship support in the Congress Centre or the Standing Committee.

“Standing Committee” What?

The Standing Committee is formed by former Alpbach alumni who assist scholarship holders in practical matters in Alpbach. In addition, the Standing Committee organises a diverse social programme for the Forum’s participants: including excursions, fireside talks, sports events and clubbings. Please find further information on the Standing Committee website and on the information board in the entrance hall. The Committee will be introduced during the official welcome ceremony for all scholarship holders in the Alpbach Congress Centre on August 17, 2016 and will inform you about the planned events.

Why do I have to fill in a registration form?

In accordance with Austrian police regulations, you have to fill in a registration form, which you will obtain from your landlord.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code, but do not forget to bring warm clothes and especially weatherproof footwear with you. Alpbach is a mountain village where the weather is very changeable even in the summer. Please bear in mind that the roads in Alpbach are steep, so flat-heeled shoes are advisable.

I have chosen a seminar/a working group on my application form but would like to change that afterwards. Is this possible?

Of course, you can also attend events that you did not choose on the form if the room capacities allow.

When will I get paid out my scholarship?

If your scholarship includes a contribution to the lodging costs, the whole sum will be paid to you in the conference office on the day before your departure. The contribution covers the costs for accommodation including breakfast. If your scholarship additionally covers a contribution to the costs of meals, the money will be paid in two rates (the dates of payment will be announced in Alpbach).

I am hungry. Where to go?

Your accommodation includes breakfast. In some hotels and restaurants (for example Hotel Alphof, Gasthaus Achenwirt) special student meals are offered. You will find detailed information on this in Alpbach. We recommend making a table reservation one day ahead for groups. There is also a big SPAR supermarket on the left-hand side of the main street as you enter the village.

What to do before checking out?

On the day of departure, please check out of your accommodation by 10am and return your badge at the conference office. Detailed information on train, bus and plane schedules are available here. The office of Alpbach Tourism GmbH in the Congress Centre can give you further travel or tourist information.

Why is it important to hand in a feedback report after my participation?

Your feedback matters. We want to make the European Forum Alpbach better every year and to adjust it to your needs and requirements. This is why we would like to hear your feedback.

Moreover, our scholarship programme would not be possible without the generous support of single persons and enterprises. By providing sufficient funds, they make your participation in the European Forum Alpbach possible. To be able to convey your experiences and impressions to our sponsors and to attest the meaning of their financial contribution, your feedback reports are crucial for us.