Ernst Mach Grants Worldwide: Call For Application 2016

Organisation: OEAD-GmbH

Apply By:  No Deadline

Ernst Mach Grants Worldwide: Call For Application 2016 

The Ernst Mach Grants are named after the famous Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach (1838-1916). The grant program is financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW).  Students and young researchers from foreign universities are invited to apply for this grant to come to Austria for a research or a study stay. Every year a board of representatives of the Austrian Ministry awards the Ernst Mach Grants based on the results of an expert examination procedure. Age limit for this grant program is 35 years at the time of the application.

Research Areas:


Natural Sciences
Technical Sciences
Human Medicine, Health Sciences
Agricultural Sciences
Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Technical Sciences
  • Human Medicine, Health Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Arts

Funding: national

Target group:postgraduates, PhD holders, post docs

Funding organisation:OeAD-GmbH/ICM on behalf of and financed by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW). 

Duration:1 to 9 months

Grant Benefit:

Supplementary grant, own funds are required! 

1) Monthly grant rate 

a) for graduates: 940 EUR 

b) for graduates with a PhD degree: 1,040 EUR

2) Accident and health insurance, accommodation 

a) If necessary, the OeAD-GmbH will take out an accident and health insurance on behalf of the grant recipient. 

b) The OeAD-GmbH will endeavour to provide accommodation (student hall of residence or flat) for recipients of grants who wish to get accommodation arranged by the OeAD. Monthly costs: 220 to 470 EUR (depending on how much comfort the recipients of grants want). An administration fee of 18 EUR per month is payable to the OeAD-GmbH for arranging accommodation. 

The costs for insurance and accommodation have to be paid out of the grant by the recipient of the grant. 

3) Recipients of grants are exempted from paying tuition fees. 

4) Recipients of grants from non-European developing countries will also receive a travel costs subsidy of 730 EUR maximum.

Eligibility Criteria:

a) postgraduates pursuing a doctoral/PhD programme outside Austria;

b) postgraduates and post-docs wishing to pursue research in Austria with a view to an academic career and who completed their studies (at a university outside Austria) after September 30th, 2014;

c) post-docs who are working as lecturers at a university outside Austria.

(Applicants under a) have to prove that they pursue doctoral/PhD studies, applicants under c) have to prove that they are employed by a university.)

Applicants must not have studied/pursued research/pursued academic work in Austria in the last six months before taking up the grant.

Maximum age: 35 years (born on or after Oct. 1st, 1980).

Good knowledge of German, particularly in the respective subject area, is a prerequisite. For projects to be carried out in English a good knowledge of English in the respective subject area is required. 

The scholarship will only be granted for projects that can be completed within the scholarship period (max. 9 months). 

Document Required: 

Two letters of recommendation by university lecturers (for these letters of recommendation no specific form is required; they must contain the letterhead, date and signature of the person recommending the applicant and the stamp of the university / department and must not be older than six months at the time of application.)

  • Consent of a lecturer at the Austrian target university to supervise the applicant academically
  • Scanned copy of your passport (page with the name and photo)
  • Scanned copy of your university graduation certificate of your diploma, master, PhD or doctoral studies
  • only for PHD-students: confirmation, that proves your participation in a PHD-program at your home university!
  • only for postdoc-lecturers: confirmation that proves your employment at your home university.

Selection Procedure:

Incomplete applications and applications not complying with the application criteria will not be accepted for the further selection process. 

The selection follows a multistage process: 

1. Examination of the formal requirements 

2. Examination of the application’s general plausibility 

3. Assessment and evaluation of the application by experts 


4. Final decision by the BMWFW 

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