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Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-Natural History Museum Vienna Visiting Researcher

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

Scientific research at the Natural History Museum in Vienna, one of the premier research museums in the world, which houses over 30 million artifacts in its extensive and precious historic collections in the fields of anthropology, botany, geology, mineralogy, meteorites, paleontology, and zoology. It is equipped with modern electron microprobe and electron microscopy as well as DNA laboratories.

Scholars selected for this award can choose to:
  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length
Four months
Award Dates

Grants must begin in late September 2022 or late February 2023 in line with the Austrian academic year and in order to attend the mandatory orientation. Research or professional project at the host institution will begin on October 1, 2022 or March 1, 2023.


Natural History Museum Vienna 

The Natural History Museum Vienna is a public institution and one of the largest non-university research centers in Austria. The museum connects art and science under one roof with about 40 exhibit halls and over 60 scientists. As a research center in earth sciences, life sciences, and human sciences, the Natural History Museum Vienna features modern research labs and exciting collections for the study of anthropology, biological diversity, prehistoric objects, and early human life. The collection includes over 30 million objects including a range of fossils and dinosaurs, pre-historic treasures including the Venus of Willendorf, minerals and gems, extinct animals species, the largest and oldest meteorite display, a digital planetarium and a world famous herbarium.

To learn more about Vienna, click here.

Flex Option
Flex Description

The Natural History Museum will consider applications for Flex awards which allow grantees to split their four-month stay into two two-month stays, if appropriate to the design of the research project.

Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Environmental Sciences
Museum Studies
Areas of Interest

All disciplines relevant to the collections and resources of the Natural History Museum, Vienna will be considered. The Museum's departments are home to around 60 staff scientists carrying out fundamental research in a wide range of fields related to earth sciences, life sciences, and human sciences. All specializations that address the Museum's extensive collections, research infrastructure, and potential collaboration with on-site research staff and curators are eligible.

Application Deadline
Activity Type
Professional Project

A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.


Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.

Mid-Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.


Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Senior Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of Recipients
Program Staff
Aferdita Krasniqi
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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