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Requirements

We welcome applications from all countries and all academic disciplines. Artists and non-graduates are strongly encouraged to apply!

 

Basic Requirements for all applicants (First-Timer and Returner)

1. English Proficiency (Minimum B2)

There are several ways to prove your English proficiency:

  1. Proof that you studied or are studying in an English-speaking country
  2. Proof that your degree is taught entirely in English, e.g. a confirmation by your university
  3. 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 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, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America.

2. Certificates & Transcripts

Please upload the following documents with your application:

  1. copies of your highest school or university certificate, diploma or degree
  2. a transcript covering all credits obtained during the last (academic) year. Alternatively: a confirmation of your last obtained school or work experience (e.g. proof of enrolment, employment contract or employment verification letter)

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 any additional certificates as we will not consider them.

3. Minimum 12-Day Attendance

All applicants must be available and ready to attend the European Forum Alpbach (19 August 2020 – 04 September 2020) for a minimum of 12 days. No exceptions will be made in this regard. Please note that attendance of the Seminar Week (19.08.-26.08.2020) is mandatory.

4. Filled-out online application

The online application consists of 2 parts.

Part 1 requires you to fill out the following (cannot be saved, only submitted):

  1. Contact Details
  2. Education
  3. Current University / Work Details
  4. Address
  5. Participation Dates for the 2020 Forum

Part 2 requires you to (can be saved & continued later):

  1. Write a Motivational Statement: answer 5 Questions asking you to reflect about yourself + answer 1 Question related to the European Forum Alpbach
    Only motivational statements discussing and answering the topics and questions given will be considered
  2. Fill-out your CV (work, education, extra-curricular activities such as volunteer work). Please note: you cannot upload a CV file.
  3. Upload a proof of English
  4. Upload grades transcripts and highest university or high-school certificate.

 

SCHOLARSHIP-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

First-Time Scholarships:

Austrian, Chinese and Taiwanese applicants: please check the “2. International” point below.

1. Between 18 and 30 years old (or between 18 and 35 for African applicants)

All first-time scholarship applicants must be aged between 18 and 30. For African applicants the age threshold of 35 applies. We also offer returner scholarships. To apply for these, one must have already been to Alpbach as a scholarship holder and must be below 35 years old.

2. International

Austrian Nationals
If you are an Austrian national, please apply through one of the many Austrian Alpbach Clubs or Initiative Groups (more info here).

Chinese or Taiwanese Nationals

  1. Chinese applicants: you can find more information on this infosheet. For more information, please contact: shanghai@oead.at
  2. Taiwanese applicants: please visit the Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation Website. Please note that all information about the application for Taiwanese citizens will be posted directly on their website in due course!

3. Socially Engaged & Active

It is important for us to receive applications from people who are socially engaged and think about society in its entirety. Civil service, volunteering, political or non-profit work count under this category.

4. Curious

Alpbach focuses on curiosity, dialogue and interdisciplinary solutions to our society’s struggles. We welcome applications from people who take a think-out-of-the-box approach and ask as many questions as they can think of!

Alpbach Buddy Scholarships:

Alpbach Buddy Scholarships are not available to Austrian nationals.

1. Have already attended the Forum as a Scholarship holder

All returner scholarship applicants must have already attended the European Forum Alpbach as scholarship holders in the past (at least 1 time and maximum 4 times in total).

2. Between 18 and 35 years old

All Alpbach Buddy scholarship applicants must be aged between 18 and 35.

3. Bachelor Degree

All Alpbach Buddy scholarship applicants must hold at least a Bachelor Degree.

4. Interested in working with young people

Demonstrated experience in a leadership role in a youth organisation (e.g. in a student club) would be an advantage.

5. Knowledgeable about the Forum

You should be knowledgeable about the Forum and willing to broaden this knowledge, as well as eager to take a look behind the scenes of the EFA, and would like to share what you have learned!

Seminar Assistant Scholarships:

Seminar Assistant Scholarships are open to all nationalities.

1. Have already attended the Forum as a Scholarship holder

All returner scholarship applicants must have already attended the European Forum Alpbach as scholarship holders in the past (at least 1 time and maximum 4 times in total).

2. Between 18 and 35 years old

All Seminar Assistant scholarship applicants must be aged between 18 and 35.

3. Bachelor Degree

All Seminar Assistant Scholarship applicants must hold at least a Bachelor Degree.

4. Interested in Teaching & Learning Methods

If you are applying for a scholarship as Seminar Assistant, you should have experience in or be interested in a range of methods of teaching & learning.

5. Interested in specific Seminars at the EFA

Before applying for a scholarship at Seminar Assistant, you should know which seminars you are most interested in supporting and be able to articulate your interest in these specific seminars. For more infomation about the Seminars for the European Forum Alpabach 2020 click here!

6. Available to help after the Seminar Week

Because they receive a “Full Scholarship”, Seminar Assistants are required to be available and ready to help with organisational matters related to the Seminar Week throughout the whole Forum (even after the end of the Seminar Week). This includes but is not limited to: help in the organisation of workshops during the different Symposia, organisational help related to the Seminar Week.

 

For all questions regarding the Scholarship Programme which are not answered on our FAQs page, please contact us directly at: scholarships@alpbach.org