JESH Information & Conditions

The Austrian Academy of Sciences’ Joint Excellence in Science and Humanities (JESH) programme is a mobility scheme offering substantial support for promising young scholars in all fields of research. JESH offers an incoming programme for researchers from 55 different focus countries as well as an outgoing programme for Austrian researchers.


Initiatives funded within the framework of JESH aim to significantly reinforce the research landscape in the respective focus country. JESH fellows act as catalysts for mutual “brain circulation” between Austria and the focus country.

International collaboration is crucial for the training of young researchers. The goal of JESH is therefore to foster new cooperation between young colleagues from abroad and scholars in Austria.

Target group

Applications are invited from candidates who completed their doctorate/PhD studies no more than 10 years ago and are affiliated with a university or non-university research institution in one of the focus countries (JESH Incoming) or Austria (JESH Outgoing). If an application is successful, this affiliation must remain in force after the receipt of JESH funding.

Only one application may be submitted per person.

Focus countries

  • Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldavia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
  • Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey
  • Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia
  • Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

Host institutions in Austria (JESH Incoming)

All institutes and departments at Austrian public universities, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and publicly funded research institutions are eligible to act as host institutes for JESH Incoming.

Host institutions in the focus countries (JESH Outgoing)

All institutes and departments at public universities, the national academies of sciences, and publicly funded research institutions are eligible to act as host institutes for JESH Outgoing.

Extent and duration of funding

JESH covers travel and accommodation expenses for a research stay of at least 1 month and a maximum of 6 months. Other project-related expenses or overheads are not covered.

Accommodation expenses are paid at a flat rate of EUR 2,700 per month.

The research stay must commence between early 2022 and March 2023.


The grant will be paid directly to the fellows in monthly instalments.

It is not possible to receive a payment before actually taking up the fellowship.

Submission of report

The final report and a statement by the host institution must be submitted no later than two months after the completion of the research stay in Austria. They must be sent by email to jesh.application(at)

JESH grantees and their hosts are requested to provide information on the impact of the JESH grant for appraisal purposes.

Further conditions

Candidates are entitled to apply to other (funding) bodies. However, candidates must disclose such applications and their outcome by sending an email to jesh.application(at)

Fellows who fail to adhere to the conditions of JESH will be required to pay back their funding.

The Road to a Grant