Austria Visitor Program

Vienna State Library interior, Austria

Austria Visitor Program

Part of the Stanford-Austria scholarly exchange program hosted jointly by The Europe Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the University of Vienna

Austria Visitor Program

Due to the evolving global COVID-19 crisis, travel grants will not be awarded this academic year.

The Europe Center (TEC) Austria Visitor Program (formerly, Advanced Graduate Student Travel Scholarships) is part of the Stanford-Austria scholarly exchange program hosted jointly by TEC at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and the University of Vienna in Austria.  These fellowships are intended to support Stanford graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program in one of Stanford's seven schools, with special emphasis on the Social Sciences and Humanities.  The scholarships are especially appropriate for graduate students who have reached the advanced stages of their doctoral research.

This limited number of grants is intended to help support principally short- to medium-term research visits (two to four weeks or up to an academic term) to work with faculty, libraries and archives in Austria.  Research projects that address regional issues and require travel to other Central European institutions of higher learning and affiliated scholarly libraries and archives in Central Europe may also be applicable.

A brief written report of the experience must be submitted at the completion of the project. Recipients may be asked to offer a seminar or presentation of their project results when they return to the Stanford campus. Any publication or public presentations resulting from their projects should acknowledge the support of “The Europe Center at Stanford University.”


Austria Visitor Program grants may be used to help support part of the cost of travel and/or research costs necessary to complete the research during the visit (e.g. photocopying, research library access fees, etc.)

Students are allowed and encouraged to apply for other sources of funding to support the full cost of their research travel.

Restrictions to Use of Grant:

The Europe Center reserves the right to audit the use of its funds. Recipients are advised to keep a log of all expenses associated with their projects, and to save all receipts in case an audit is requested for any reason. If recipients travel under the award, submission of the used airline ticket upon completion of the project may be required.

Stanford University policy requires that certain types of research projects involving human subjects be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the start of the study to ensure that the project meets University policy and any other applicable regulations. To see if your project needs to be reviewed, for advice on working with human subjects, and for more information about the IRB process and requirements please visit


Students enrolled in a doctoral degree program at Stanford University who have completed graduate program preliminary course work and have begun advanced work on a dissertation or thesis are eligible to apply for this fellowship. Travel must be completed while the student is matriculated in a program at Stanford.

Application Process

Applicants must submit a completed online application form, including uploading the required accompanying documents  These include:  cover letter, written description of project, budget, resume, unofficial transcript of Stanford courses, and attestation of proficiency in the language(s) of the project site, and a letter of recommendation by your thesis advisor.  It is also recommended that you submit a letter of recommendation by a faculty member of the hosting Austrian institution.

Stanford Doctoral students with questions about this grant should contact:

Anna Grzymala-Busse
Director, The Europe Center
(650) 723-4270

Alexandria Brown-Hedjazi

Recent Researchers

In the Austria Visitor Program

Fellowship Coordinator


Alyssa Goya

616 Jane Stanford Way
Encina Hall
Stanford, CA 94305-6165

(650) 723-0089 (fax)