[Fellowships at the Historical Institute at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Rome]

Programme Statutes

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) awards research fellowships at the Historical Institute at the Austrian Cultural Forum (HI Rome) to graduate students (with a Diplom or Master’s degree) or post-docs in the fields of history, art history, Classical studies, literary studies, musicology, ecclesiastical history and ecclesiastical law.

The fellowships are awarded for projects related to Rome or Italy in general which require a research stay in Rome or in special cases in Italy.

Priority is given to projects that have a connection to research conducted at the Historical Institute in Rome (for further details visit

Applicants who do not have Austrian citizenship must demonstrate that they have been resident and researching in Austria for at least two years.

Priority is also given to junior researchers.

Fellowships are for a duration of one to nine months.

The level of funding amounts to 1,000 Euros per month. Fellowships also include a single payment of 250 Euros in travel expenses. The Fellowship also includes free accommodation in one of the rooms for fellows at the Institute in Rome.

Applicants who are employed and retain payment during their sabbatical receive 50 per cent of the funding.

Applicants should also state on the online form whether at the time of funding they will receive income amounting to over 500 Euros per month. In this case too, only 50 per cent of the monthly stipend will be paid.

The fellowships are awarded by an awarding committee whose members are nominated by the OeAW. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of comparative assessment of applications by the committee members; external reviews can also be obtained. 

If applications are considered by persons to whom individual committee members have a close professional or private relationship, those committee members will not take part in the decision-making process.

Significant selection criteria are the applicants’ academic qualifications, the scholarly quality of the research project and demonstration of the necessity of the research stay in Rome or Italy for the project’s completion.

The awarding committee usually convenes in May/June to decide on whom to award fellowships. Applicants are informed of the committee’s decision in writing. 

The committee’s decision is final.

Applications should be submitted via the online form together with the requisite documents to the Department of Fellowships and Awards of the OeAW by 1 March each year as postmarked.

Applications should include explanation as to why the work can only be undertaken in Rome or, in exceptional cases, at the given place in Italy. This explanation should also address whether the work is feasible in the allotted time.

At the halfway stage (in the case of fellowships lasting over six months) and at the end of the fellowship, a project report is to be submitted to the head of the HI Rome and the Department of Fellowships and Awards of the OeAW.

In justified cases, the fellowship can be withdrawn. Such cases include severe breaches of the HI Rome’s house rules, justified complaints by institutions in the host country at which the fellow is working, or establishment of the fact that the fellow has received funding for the same work from another funding body without informing the scientific advisory board. The decision to withdraw a fellowship rests with the chair of the scientific advisory board on the basis of a justified motion by the head of the institute. In this case the chair of the scientific advisory board is entitled to choose a replacement for the remaining months from the pool of rejected applicants.

[As of January 2019]