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

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


Basic Requirements:

1. CV

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Motivational Statement

As you will see in the second part of the online application form, your motivational statement needs to consist of two parts. Part 1 demands you to reflect about yourself, whereas part 2 requires you to write a short essay on a given topic. Please divide and name the space in your text box accordingly, i.e. “part 1” and “part 2”), and structure your answers to the questions of part 1 with bulletpoints: 1), 2), 3), …

Only motivational statements discussing and answering the topics and questions given in the second part of the online application form will be considered.

5. Code of Conduct

In order to be awarded a scholarship, all successful applicants must agree to comply with the Code of Conduct, which can be found here.

6. 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.

Applicant’s Profile:

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

All first-time scholarship holders must be aged between 18 and 30 years. 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).

Exception: Upper Austria (Oberösterreich) – all applicants applying for a scholarship through the Club Alpbach Upper Austria, should submit their application through the Foundation’s online application platform.

Chinese or Taiwanese Nationals
Please note that if you are a Chinese or Taiwanese national, you should apply through one of our partner organisations in the respective countries (more information will follow soon).

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!