European Forum Alpbach Foundation Scholarship Programme 2020 for emerging leaders worldwide. Deadline : March 31st, 2020
Every year, over 650 students from almost 100 nationalities participate as scholarship holders in the European Forum Alpbach. Join smart minds from around the world in a charming Alpine village, immersing yourself in an environment bursting with novel ideas, new ways of thinking and opportunities for making great contacts.
With the Alpbach Scholarship Programme, young people under 30 (or under 35 for African scholarship holders) can attend this leading interdisciplinary conference and a variety of academic and artistic seminars.
Since 1945, thousands of people have been
gathering every summer at the European
Forum Alpbach (Austria) to develop new
perspectives for tomorrow’s Europe.
Experts from science, politics, economics,
culture and civil society join forces to
address current challenges of our society.
Join smart minds from around the world
in a charming Alpine village, immersing
yourself in an environment bursting with
novel ideas, new ways of thinking and
opportunities for making great contacts.
With the Alpbach scholarship programme,
young people under 30 can attend this
leading interdisciplinary conference and a
variety of academic and artistic seminars. A
basic scholarship covers the participation
fee to all events at the European Forum
Alpbach. Additional subsidies are available
for accommodation and daily allowances.
Who can apply for a European Forum Alpbach Foundation scholarship?
The scholarships are available to people up to 30 years of age (and 35 years of age for African applicants). We
welcome applications from all countries and academic disciplines. We also encourage artists and non-graduates
to apply. There are special application procedures for Austrian, Chinese and Taiwanese citizens. If you hold
one of these passports, you cannot apply through the European Forum Alpbach online platform. See here for
Is it possible to apply for a scholarship through other awarding bodies (such a Club Alpbach or an Initiative
Provided that the respective application criteria are satisfied, it would be possible for you to apply for a
scholarship at the European Forum Alpbach Foundation and at one of the Members of the Forum Alpbach
Network. If you do so, please indicate it on your application.
When will I receive my scholarship?
All applicants will be informed about scholarship results by the end of May 2020. If your scholarship includes
a contribution to the accommodation costs, we will arrange this directly with the landlord. If your
scholarship additionally covers a board allowance, the money will be paid in two rates.
When applying, should I already take care of accommodation?
The European Forum Alpbach disposes of an adequate allocation of student accommodation and will handle
your room booking if you are granted a scholarship. Therefore, it is not necessary for you to reserve your
accommodation prior to the announcement of the selection results. However, please notify us should you
wish to take care of your accommodation yourself.
Click here to download the Brochure for First-Time Scholarship Applicants.
There are the 3 first-time scholarship types:
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)
Austrian, Chinese and Taiwanese applicants: please check the “2. International” point below.
Alpbach Buddy Scholarships:
Alpbach Buddy Scholarships are not available to Austrian nationals.
Seminar Assistant Scholarships:
Seminar Assistant Scholarships are open to all nationalities.
Where will my accommodation be during the European Forum Alpbach?
During the Forum, Alpbach and the surrounding villages are mostly booked out. However, the European
Forum Alpbach Foundation books one of the closest options for all its scholarship holders, which can be 30
min. to 1 hour away from the Congress Centre by shuttle bus (free of charge).
Is there a dress code?
Alpbach is a mountain village where the weather is very changeable even in the summer. Do not forget to
bring warm clothes and especially weatherproof footwear and rain jackets with you! Please bear in mind that
the roads in Alpbach are steep, so flat-heeled shoes are advisable. The dress code ranges from casual to smart
casual. If you are unsure about how to dress, have a look at our flickr account.
Are my travel costs covered?
The scholarship covers only participation to the European Forum Alpbach. In case of proof of need, it may
also cover accommodation and board allowance. The scholarship does not cover travel costs, apart from for
African scholarship holders.