Ernst Mach Grants FAQ
The application has to be done online. Are any documents required in hardcopy (printout) as well?
No. All documents and infos have to be submitted electronically. No other "paperwork" is required/accepted.
Which are the documents/evidence for the application?
As listed in the information file:
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 be no older than six months at the time of application).
Consent of a lecturer at the Austrian target university to supervise the applicant academically.
Scan of your passport (page with the name and photo).
Scan of your university graduation certificate of your diploma, master, PhD or doctoral studies.
These documents must be uploaded electronically upon doing the online application.
My documents (especially: University certificates) are in my language. Are they acceptable?
Every document in another language than German or English must be translated and the translation document must be uploaded together with the original. A non-official translation is sufficient. However, it would be nice if the University could put a stamp on the translation as kind-of being informed and o.k. with it (and this is done very often, so please don’t be shy to ask for it at your University!!). Should they not be willing to put a stamp on the translation, OeAD could do without it (but only as a worst case!)
Who is eligible to apply?
Eligible for application are:
postgraduates pursuing a doctoral/PhD programme outside Austria.
postgraduates and post-docs wishing to pursue research in Austria with a view to an academic career.
post-docs who are working as lecturers at a university outside Austria.
Applicants under 1) have to prove that they pursue doctoral/PhD studies, applicants under 3) 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.
I'm not a doctoral student/PhD candidate, but still a bachelor. Am I eligible?
Sorry, under this program you are not eligible. Please try later.
I already completed my master studies but I am not yet registered in an ordinary PhD program; I will be registered by the time I will start my research. Am I eligible?
Sorry, you MUST be registered in a PhD program by the time of your application (and not by the time you come to Austria).
Is it possible / permitted to do part-time research and part-time work during my Ernst Mach stay?
No, this is neither permitted nor realistic. You will need to focus entirely on your research.
What are the details about the 6 month rule?
The 6 month period is to be calculated from the day when you physically start your research stay in Austria. (NOT the day when you apply, and not the day when you sign the paperwork)
I'm a bit older than the age limit. Is there a way around this?
Please understand that the line has to be drawn somewhere. The age limit is absolutely binding.
I do not speak any German but I'm fluent in English. Am I eligible?
For doing research at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law it is sufficient to be fluent in English. You are eligible. However, please consider that your level of English should be good enough to communicate easily and to understand legal texts. Otherwise you will have a hard time following the lectures and interacting with the other Austrian and International researchers, which will cause problems during your research stay.
How does the application process work?
First, you apply by email to the Institute (email@example.com). The next step is an evaluation round at the Institute. Those who are selected will get our "letter of supervisor's consent" which has to be uploaded as part of the application to OeAD.
After that, an independent board of OeAD evaluates again and selects the future scholarship holder. They will be informed by email and have to confirm their grant's acceptance. Upon arrival in Vienna they have to present themselves immediately at OeAD. Before leaving, a report has to be completed and signed by the Institute.
Is it possible to change the date of the stay after having gotten the grant?
If there is a very good reason you can try to change the date, though that is not the idea behind fixing a date in advance. If really necessary, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and propose another date. If we confirm that the date change is okay from our side, you can then write to OeAD who will then decide whether it is also possible from their side. There may also be more paperwork to complete.
For me it would best to start on Sept. 1 already. Is this possible?
Upon special request this can be possible. September is the only month of overlap, bridging the academic years. Otherwise the academic years are strictly separate, due to administrational requirements.