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Frequently Asked Questions

0. TRENDING QUESTIONS

How can I prove my English proficiency?

For the Seminar Week and the Symposia of the European Forum Alpbach, a minimum European level B2 is required. There are several ways to prove your English proficiency:

  • Proof that you studied or are studying in an English-speaking country
  • Proof that your degree is taught entirely in English, e.g. through a confirmation by your university
  • 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
    • MUET with a minimum overall score of 5
    • Equivalents to these tests: evidence that you have reached European level B2, e.g. a confirmation by your school, employer or a university professor, explicitly stating that you have reached B2 or an equivalent to B2. If the document fails to proof that you have reached B2, we will not be able to consider it.

If your language certificate is 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. It does not matter when you have taken your “official” English test, i.e. the certificates mentioned above do not expire.

I am a native English speaker. Do I have to prove my English proficiency?

If you are a native speaker, it is sufficient to upload a copy of your passport with your application. 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, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America.


1. QUESTIONS CONCERNING YOUR APPLICATION


Before applying

When can I apply for a scholarship?

The online application starts on February 20 and ends on March 29, 2019 at 11:59 hrs (noon CET).

Do I also have to fill in the online registration form for participants on the European Forum Alpbach frontpage?

No. The online registration form is only for paying participants. If you apply for a scholarship, you wait for the results by the end of May. Should you not be granted a scholarship, but still want to participate in the European Forum Alpbach 2019, then you can register as a paying participant.

Who can apply for a European Forum Alpbach Foundation scholarship?

The scholarships are available to people up to 30 years of age. We welcome applications from all countries and academic disciplines. We also encourage artists, youg professionals and non-graduates 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 online platform. See “where to apply” for more information.

I am an Alpbach alumni and would like to apply as a seminar assistant or as an Alpbach buddy. How can I apply?

To apply as a seminar assistant or an Alpbach buddy, alumni fill in the online application form. Since the requirements differ from a regular scholarship application, please make sure to read the infosheets under “scholarships for alumni” carefully.

Where do Austrian nationals apply for a scholarship to the European Forum Alpbach?

Austrian nationals need to apply for a scholarship through one of the many Austrian Clubs and IGs.

Which forms do I have to fill in and which documents are required?

You will need to fill in our online application form and upload all documents listed here.

I will turn 30 this year. Can I still apply for a regular scholarship?

Yes, if the day when you turn 30 is after March 29, 2019. This means: If you turn 30 on March 30 or later, you can apply. However, if your birthday is on March 29 or before you will not be able to fill in the online form, hence apply for a scholarship.

I am under 18. Can I apply for a scholarship?

Yes, if you turn 18 before or on March 29, 2019. However, if your birthday is after March 29, 2019 you cannot apply for a scholarship. 

I am a Chinese national. How can I apply for a scholarship?

If you are a master student or PhD candidate (maximum 30 years of age) enrolled at the following Chinese universities, you can apply for a scholarship for the European Forum Alpbach 2019: Beijing Foreign Studies University, Fudan University, Peking University, Renmin University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tongji University, Tsinghua University.

Applications from other Chinese universities will not be considered. If you are a student of one of these universities, you need to apply directly via the Foreign Affairs Office of your university until March 15, 2019. If you are a Chinese national studying abroad, but are affiliated to one of our partner universities, you still have to apply directly via one of these universities.

Nominated students will be invited for an interview. The interviews will be held at the Austrian Embassy in Beijing on March 21-22, and at the OeAD Cooperation Office Shanghai (located in Fudan University) on March 25-26, respectively.

I am a Taiwanese national. How can I apply for a scholarship?

Taiwanese nationals can apply for a scholarship to the European Forum Alpbach 2019 via the Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation. If you are a Taiwanese national studying abroad, you still have to apply via the Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation until April 15, 2019. Please find more detailed information here: http://efa.civictaipei.org/2019/

Is it possible to apply for different scholarship programmes?

Provided that the respective application criteria are satisfied, it is possible to apply for a scholarship at the European Forum Alpbach Foundation and at one of the Members of the Forum Alpbach Network. If you do so, please indicate it on your application.

Should I already take care of my accommodation when applying?

No. The European Forum Alpbach disposes of an adequate allocation of student accommodation (approx. 30€/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. However, please notify us should you wish to take care of your accommodation yourself.

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

No. We recommend participation in the entire event because the combination of academic seminars and artistic workshops 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, but there is a minimum stay of 12 days (= 11 nights). Please keep in mind that applicants who will stay for the entire forum will be given preference in the selection process.

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

Former scholarship holders can apply for a scholarship via Clubs or IGs. Alternatively you can apply as a seminar assistant or an Alpbach buddy via the European Forum Alpbach Foundation. You will find more detailed information and conditions of the aforementioned alumni scholarships here.


Online application

I did not receive the link for my online application registration per email. What should I do?

First check your spam folder. If you still cannot find the email, please click “resend”.

Can I save and continue my online application at a later time?

During part 1, it is not possible to save and continue the application later. Once you have reached part 2, you can save your online form and continue at a later time.

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

We need your passport or social security number for accounting files and to report to our donors and statistical agencies, as well as in order to support you in visa affairs.

Why do you ask for my permanent residence at the time of my high school graduation?

Some scholarships are reserved for persons from distinct regions (e.g. certain provinces or an Austrian ‘Bundesland’). If you indicate your residence at the time of your high school graduation, we know that you have a connection to this region. This might increase your chances of receiving a certain scholarship.

My university is not on the list. What should I do?

If your university is not on the list, please choose “other” and write down the official name of your university.

What is the difference between 'field of study' and 'subject of study'?

Your field of study is your study area (e.g. ‘natural sciences’). Your subject of study is the name of your study programme (e.g. ‘biology’).

How do I choose the seminars I will participate in, and is my choice binding?

You choose one seminar that takes place in the morning and one afternoon seminar. Your choice is not binding, and you can still sign up for other ones after the presentation of the seminars in Alpbach on August 15, 2019. Once the seminar week starts, it is no longer possible to switch seminars.

Do I have to participate in all symposia of the European Forum Alpbach?

Yes. If you are granted a scholarship, you participate in all symposia. In a later phase you can choose the exact sessions you would like to participate in.

Are there any costs I have to cover myself?

A basic scholarship covers the participation fee (EUR 1.400) for the whole duration of the event (14.08.-30.08.2019). Should you not have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your stay, you can additionally apply for a residence scholarship which covers the accommodation (EUR 30 per day) or a full scholarship providing 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 residence 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), residence scholarships (participation fee and accommodation), and full (participation fee, accommodation, daily allowances) – that are assigned to finalists cannot be contested.

Please note that in all cases, you have to cover travelling expenses and cancellation costs of your accommodation (if you should cancel after acceptance of your scholarship).

Do I have to send a letter of recommendation with my application?

No, a letter of recommendation is not required and will not be considered.

How can I prove my English proficiency?

For the Seminar Week and the Symposia of the European Forum Alpbach, a minimum European level B2 is required. There are several ways to prove your English proficiency:

  • Proof that you studied or are studying in an English-speaking country
  • Proof that your degree is taught entirely in English, e.g. through a confirmation by your university
  • 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
    • MUET with a minimum overall score of 5
    • Equivalents to these tests: evidence that you have reached European level B2, e.g. a confirmation by your school, employer or a university professor, explicitly stating that you have reached B2 or an equivalent to B2. If the document fails to proof that you have reached B2, we will not be able to consider it.

If your language certificate is 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. It does not matter when you have taken your “official” English test, i.e. the certificates mentioned above do not expire.

I am a native English speaker. Do I have to prove my English proficiency?

If you are a native speaker, it is sufficient to upload a copy of your passport with your application. 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, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Should I indicate practical experiences of a duration of less than a year?

Yes. Please indicate the length of your internship in the “position” bracket.

What should I pay special attention to, before clicking on 'final submission'?

First of all, make sure that your name is written correctly and has not been changed by autocorrect. Then check whether all the mandatory fields are filled in and that your uploads do not extend the limit. Your upload was successful if you see the title of your document next to the upload button.

At the final step of my application you ask me whether I would be willing to continue my engagement in accordance with the “Spirit of Alpbach” beyond my participation in the EFA. What does this mean?

The “Spirit of Alpbach” are the values and goals shared by all European Forum Alpbach institutions and their members, namely the EFA, the EFA Foundation, and the alumni network (FAN). The Forum stands for fostering regional and international dialogue and cooperation across generational, ideological and cultural divides. If you share these values, and would like to become or keep being active in this regard, let us know by checking the box. “Active” could mean anything from spreading the word about Alpbach, writing a Facebook or a blog post about topics or personalities you met at the Forum, to founding your own organisation. Your contribution matters and helps us to keep promising ideas and inspiring debates rolling.


After applying

When will the applicants be notified about the results?

The European Forum Alpbach will inform all applicants via email in the second half of May. Please do not contact us before the end of May regarding the status of your application. Thank you for your understanding.

Should I not be granted a scholarship, can I receive feedback on my application?

Due to the high number of applications we receive, we cannot give individual feedback on your application. However, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship in the next year. Thank you for your understanding.

Should I be granted a scholarship, is it still possible to decline it?

Yes. Your scholarship will be considered “accepted” after your confirmation only.

Should I take care of my accommodation after I confirm my scholarship?

No. Once you are granted a scholarship, you can book a room via our online system.

 

2. PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO ALPBACH

When will I receive my scholarship?

Your participation fee is automatically covered by the European Forum Alpbach. If your scholarship includes accommodation costs, we will arrange this directly with the landlord. If your scholarship additionally covers daily allowances (17 Euro per day until one day prior to your departure), the money will be paid out in two installments in Alpbach. The first installment will be payed out around day 10, while the last installment one day befor your departure. Please make sure to have enough money with you in order to cover your daily expenses during the first days of the Forum. The exact dates of payment will be announced in Alpbach.

Are there any costs I have to cover myself?

This depends on the type of scholarship you were granted:

  • A basic scholarship covers the participation fee (EUR 1.400) for the whole duration of the event only.
  • A residence scholarship covers the participation fee and accommodation costs
  • A full scholarship includes the participation fee, accommodation costs, and daily allowances (17 Euro per day until one day prior to your departure)

Costs that you need to cover:

  • your travelling expenses
  • cancellation fees for your accommodation: only charged if you should (partly) cancel after acceptance of your scholarship. We will let you know about the deadline for free cancellation later on.
  • cancellation fees for your participation: only charged if you should cancel your scholarship after acceptance. Please check the fees below (“cancellation policy”)

Cancellation policy


Should you be forced to cancel your scholarship after acceptance, please notify the European Forum Alpbach in writing. The following cancellation fees will be charged:

CANCELLATION BY JULY 31, 2019
70.00 EUR
CANCELLATION FROM AUGUST 1-14, 2019
50 % OF participation fee: 350.00 EUR
CANCELLATION AFTER August 14, 2019 OR NO-SHOW
100 % OF participation feE: 700.00 EUR

 

 

When traveling 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 of your visa application. Every Austrian consulate/embassy will issue your visa free of charge. However, we can only assure that this is the case when applying at Austrian consulates/embassies 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.

Please make sure to indicate the correct dates on your visa application (your stay at the Forum plus one or two days for travelling to Alpbach). Moreover, we strongly recommend to check additional visa requirements in case you need to enter a third country (especially Ireland or the UK) while travelling to Austria.

How can I arrange my accommodation in Alpbach?

Alpbach and the surrounding villages are mostly booked out during the Forum. Therefore, we recommend you to book a room via our online system, when you fill in the registration form. If you would like to do so, please do NOT click on the box “I do not need a room reservation”. Please indicate if you have special requirements and make sure that the booking period for your accommodation is correct.

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

The Alpbach Tourism GmbH sends the confirmation of your booking to your email address no later than 3 days before your arrival.

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 traveling between your hometown and Alpbach.

 

3. IN ALPBACH

What do I do once I arrive in Alpbach?

The reception on the ground floor of the Congress Centre will supply you with your badge and an information folder. Please carry this badge 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 EFA scholarship team or the FANC (Forum Alpbach Network Committee).

What is the FAN Committee?

The FAN Committee is formed by former Alpbach alumni who assist scholarship holders in practical matters in Alpbach. It organises a diverse social programme, including excursions, fireside talks, sports events and parties. Please find further information on the FAN website and on the information board in the entrance hall. The Committee will be introduced during the official welcome ceremony for all scholarship holders on August 14.

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 highly prone to change, even in the summer. Please bear in mind that the roads in Alpbach are steep, so flat-heeled shoes are advisable.

Why do I have to fill in a registration form?

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

I am hungry. Where can I eat?

Your accommodation includes breakfast. In some hotels and restaurants 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 do I do before checking out?

On the day of departure, please check out from your accommodation by 10:00 am and return your badge at the conference office. Detailed information on bus schedules will be available on the EFA frontpage. 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, because we want to make the European Forum Alpbach better every year and consider your needs. Moreover, our scholarship programme would not be possible without the generous support of individuals and enterprises. They make your participation in the European Forum Alpbach possible by providing sufficient funds. A feedback report gives you the opportunity to convey your experiences and impressions to our sponsors and to hightlight the meaning of their financial contribution