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Required documents

The information below relates to the 2018 requirements and will shortly be updated for the 2019 call for applications. Please check back for updates prior to February 2019.

You must apply online using our application platform. A complete application requires the following:

Motivational statement (up to 3,000 characters)                                                                                                                                                                                                      The essential features to be included in your motivational statement are:

– a comment on your personal thoughts and ideas about the topic of 2019: “Liberty & Security”
– your perspectives on European integration as well as your view on the values and ideas of the European Forum Alpbach

Curriculum vitae
Please note that you will fill in your CV in the application form. Uploaded CVs will not be considered.
The curriculum vitae should display your education, practical experience and extra-curricular activities.
Letters of recommendation are not required.

Certificates and transcripts
Please upload the following documents with your application:
– copies of your highest and latest obtained school or university certificates
– a transcript covering all credits obtained during the last (academic) year
– alternatively: a confirmation of your last obtained school or work experience

If your transcripts and certificates are in a language other than German or English, you need to submit a translation. This translation does not need to be certified.

Please do not send additional certificates as we will not consider them.

Evidence of your English proficiency
For the Seminar Week and the Symposia of the European Forum Alpbach, a minimum European level B2 is required. If you are a non-native speaker, there are two ways to prove your English proficiency:

1. If you are studying in an English-speaking country or your degree is taught entirely in English, you can submit a confirmation by your university.

2. Language certificates

We accept official language certificates, e.g:

  • IELTS academic with a minimum overall score of 5.5
  • TOEFL iBT with a minimum overall score of 72
  • CPE or CAE with a minimum overall score of 162
  • Equivalents to those tests (evidence that you have reached European level B2)

If your language certificates are in a language other than English, you need to submit a translation. This translation does not need to be certified. Please note that a mere confirmation of participation in a language test does not suffice.

Native speakers need to upload a copy of their passport. You are considered a native speaker when you come from one of the following majority English-speaking countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America.