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North America

Research cooperation with North America occurs in most cases directly between Austrian research institutions and their North American counterparts. To give on-site support for the further expansion and strategic internationalisation of Austrian universities and research institutions, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) has run an Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA) in Washington, D.C., since 2001. It does so jointly with the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK), the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) and the Federal Ministry of Europe and International Affairs (BMEIA).

In addition, OSTA Washington stages an annual Austrian Research and Innovation Talk (ARIT), providing Austrian researchers and innovators in North America with a valuable forum for networking. The ARIT is jointly funded by the BMBWF and the BMDW. It is also the venue for the annual bestowal of the ASciNA Awards by the BMBWF, a prize that honours research excellence in the work of up-and-coming Austrian researchers in North America.


Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is named after US Senator J. William Fulbright and has been running since 1946. With its scholarships, the programme promotes the bilateral exchange of students and teachers in order to engage in foreign language instruction, stays abroad for research or study, and teaching abroad. The declared goal is to intensify the sharing of cultures and knowledge transfer and to increase mutual understanding.

The Austrian Fulbright Commission was established in 1950 under a bilateral agreement between the Republic of Austria and the United States of America.

For more information on Fulbright Austria and the grants, scholarships and fellowships involved, visit