No further applications can be accepted once the application deadline has passed.
FAQs about the support grant
What kinds of coursework are eligible for a support grant?
The application for the award of a need-based scholarship can only be submitted for academic thesesyet to be completed. The application must be accompanied by evidence that the academic thesis is associated with above-average financial costs. These must be declared in a detailed cost estimate (= breakdown of the costs of the project). The plausibility of the cost estimate must be confirmed by the supervisor. Furthermore, the applicants are required to state whether funding has been requested from any other bodies.
Once the thesis has been submitted, recipients of the scholarship must lodge a final report including original invoices, made out to the applicant. These documents must be submitted within three months following the date of the submission of the academic thesis, and at the very latest two years after the award of the scholarship(4 years in the case of Doctoral theses).
Please note the following:
Cost deviations: Should the report and the invoices deviate from the original cost estimate, the scholarship recipient must provide a coherent explanation for this deviation. Moreover, in the case of such deviations, a duly reasoned statement by the supervisor must also be provided.
Repayment of unused funds: If the actual costs incurred are lower than the costs initially estimated, the difference must be repaid or the retained 25 % of the promised scholarship will be reduced accordingly.
Loss of documentary evidence/invoices: In the case that an individual invoice is lost, the student must provide a plausible explanation. In certain cases, a repayment may be waived.
Failure to comply with the reporting obligation: In the event of non-compliance or insufficient fulfilment of the obligation to report (e.g. incomplete or incorrect information, missing invoices) the full scholarship amount must be repaid.
Which costs may be covered by the scholarship?
Costs that may be covered by the scholarship include:
Trips within Austria or overseas that are connected to the coursework
The costs associated with taking part in conferences or conventions on a subject related to the coursework (evidence of personal contribution required!)
Costs for obtaining literature, e.g. specialist literature (books that are not available in the AAU library); relevant specialist press; articles and essays ordered via ‘subito’ for instance
Costs for empirical studies
Costs for a research trip
Travel costs: Costs for second class train travel and economy class flights; public transport costs (e.g. to get to the train station or airport or during research trips, to meet an interview partner, to get to libraries, research institutions, etc.)
Mileage allowances from the Austrian government cannot be claimed!
Costs for overnight stays to an extent appropriate to the region in question (an overnight stay in a hotel without meals; receipt needed in all cases).
Which costs are not covered?
Per diem expenses (night and day: also applies overseas), unreceipted overnight stays
Costs for using a private vehicle. Exceptions: If a private vehicle is required to reach a location because it is difficult or impossible to reach using public transport, accurate records of the journeys must be provided in the driver’s logbook. Justification for the use of a private vehicle must be provided separately and authorisation must also be obtained from the project supervisor. Should a private vehicle be used, costs are covered on the basis of the notional costs of a second class train journey.
Lifts with private individuals
Rent payments (during an overseas trip)
Obtaining books that are available for loan through the AAU library, an institute or through inter-library loan
Travel costs from the student’s home to place of study
The costs of purchasing items with a service life of several years, and which remain the property of the scholarship recipient (e.g. laptops, PCs, tablets, printers, cameras, dictation machines, suitcases. See the exceptions given below also)
Printing and binding of coursework
Provider fees or online fees for using a private internet connection for study purposes
Mobile and telephone costs
Costs for professional editing.
Which costs are definitely covered?
Hardware and software (only if the supervisor provides a justification stating why the hardware or software is specifically needed for the project)
Rent costs during a long-term research trip (an official rent agreement must be provided)
Copies (separate justification required), e.g. questionnaire-based surveys (a template is to be provided with the application); copies of relevant, essential specialist literature unavailable through libraries.
When is the decision made on support grant awards?
The applicants will be informed of the result by e-mail as soon as the applications have been examined and the decision has been made (June 2019).
Before this date, we kindly ask you to refrain from making inquiries by phone or e-mail regarding the decision.