before applying
Who can apply?

The scholarship to participate in the European Forum Alpbach is available to:

  • International applicants up to the age of 30 (up to 35 for African applicants).
  • We welcome applications from all countries and academic disciplines. Artists and non-graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • There are special application procedures for Austrian, German, Chinese and Taiwanese. If you hold one of these passports, you cannot apply through the European Forum Alpbach. More information will follow soon.
When can i apply?

The European Forum Alpbach application platform is open between 15 March 2022, 12:00 pm CET and 13 April 2022, 12:50 pm CET. 

How can I apply?

You need to apply for a scholarship awarded by the European Forum Alpbach via our online application platform. Please read the requirements carefully in order to make sure to submit a complete application. Incomplete applications or applications that reach us via email will not be accepted. Late submission of missing documents will also not be considered.

Please note there are special application procedures for Austrian, German, Chinese and Taiwanese nationals. If you hold one of these passports, you cannot apply through the European Forum Alpbach online platform. More information will follow soon.

What does my scholarship at the efa22 cover?

Scholarships for the European Forum Alpbach 2022 cover your participation fee, accomodation and a daily allowance.

Are there any costs that i have to cover myself?

Travel costs to and from Alpbach have to be covered by yourself. Onsite, you will receive a daily allowance that partially covers your food expenses.

I have already attended the European Forum Alpbach onsite as a scholar. Can I apply?

No. Scholarships for the European Forum Alpbach 2022 are only available for first-time scholarship holders. This means that you haven't been granted an onsite scholarship before. If you have already attended the European Forum Alpbach onsite as a scholarship holder and wish to return, you may apply for a seminar assistant position. The call for applications will be shared on 10 March 2022 here: https://www.alpbach.org/en/.

I have already attended the European Forum Alpbach digitally as a scholar. Can I apply?

Yes. If you have attended the European Forum Alpbach 2020 or 2021 as an e-scholar, you may apply for a scholarship for the European Forum Alpbach 2022, provided that you fulfill the general requirements.

Which documents should i prepare for my online application

Documents to be uploaded:

(1) Proof of your English B2 level as stated in section "English proficiency",

(2) Latest diploma with transcript of records (in English, German or French. Please provide a translation of your diploma if it isn't written in one of these languages. The translation does not need to be certified).

Furthermore, you will need to fill in your CV details and state your motivation to attend the EFA22. Please prepare your motivational statement as stated in section "Application process" on 2022.alpbach.org/scholarship before starting to fill in your application form.

I will turn 30 this year. can i apply for a regular scholarship?

Yes, if the day when you turn 30 is after 2 September 2022. This means: If you turn 30 on 2 September or later, you can apply. However, if your birthday is on 2 September or before you will not be able to apply for a scholarship.

I am under 18. can i apply for a scholarship?

Yes, if you turn 18 before or on 21 August 2022. However, if your birthday is after 21 August 2022 you cannot apply for a scholarship.

i am an austrian or German citizen. how can i apply for a scholarship?

Austrian and Germans citizens must apply for a scholarship through the Forum Alpbach Network Alumni Clubs. Requirements and dates may vary. For further information please visit the website of your respective club:

Club Alpbach Burgenland

Club Alpbach Niederösterreich

Club Alpbach Oberösterreich

Club Alpbach Salzburg

Club Alpbach Senza Confini

Club Alpbach Steiermark

Club Alpbach Tirol

Club Alpbach Vorarlberg

Initiativgruppe Alpbach Wien

Club Alpbach Deutschland


I am a Chinese citizen. how can i apply for a scholarship?

All information about the application for Chinese citizens will be posted here in due course.

i am a taiwanese citizen. how can i apply for a scholarship?

All information about the application for Taiwanese citizens will be posted here in due course.

i have a disability. is there special support?

The European Forum Alpbach is committed to diversity and inclusiveness with the goal of providing an accessible and welcoming environment for scholarship holders with disabilities. Please contact scholarships@alpbach.org in case you identify as a person with disabilities. We will provide you with all necessary information about attending the Forum as a disabled person and help you in planning your stay. All your information will remain confidential.

application process
Can I send you my application by email or mail?

No. You can only apply through the online application platform.

Do I need to pay any fees to apply for a scholarship?

No. The application is free of charge.

Do I have to send a recommendation letter with my application?

No, a letter of recommendation is not required.

selection process
How does the selection process work?

Each application is checked for formal criteria. Applications fulfilling these criteria will be passed on to the next round where they are anonymized and subsequently reviewed and rated by two members of a selection committee and ranked based on the average of the two ratings. Based on the jury ratings, the European Forum Alpbach finalizes the selection of candidates, taking into consideration a fair regional and academic distribution of candidates. Our aim is to invite a mix of talented people across all world regions and disciplines to Alpbach. Austrian Clubs and Initiative groups have their own selection process and criteria. Please visit their website for further information.

When will applicants be notified about the results?

Applicants will be notified in May 2022.

Should I be granted a scholarship, is it still possible to decline?

Yes. Your scholarship will be final only after a confirmation from you. You need to accept or decline your scholarship within ten days after receiving our acceptance email.

Where do I find the scholarship terms and conditions?

Once you are selected for a scholarship at the efa22, you will receive a scholarship offer along with the terms and conditions.

Who sponsors my scholarship?

Scholarships for the European Forum Alpbach are made possible through sponsorship, grants and donations. Your sponsor will be communicated to you before the #efa22.

Before and during the European Forum Alpbach 2022
Do I need a visum?

Nationals of EU member states, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland do not require a visa for entering the Republic of Austria. All other nationals require a visa in order to enter the Schengen Area or the Austrian territory. As a general rule, the passport must be valid at least three months beyond the planned date of departure from the Schengen area. Please check the visa requirements for your country here: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/travel-stay/entry-and-residence-in-austria/entrance-and-residence/visa/

Do I need to be vaccinated against Covid?

As of 22 February 2022, all persons travelling to Austria need to possess a certificate of vaccination or recovery or a negative test. Please check the website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry for further information or updates: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/

How can I arrange my accommodation in Alpbach?

Accommodation in Alpbach will be booked by the European Forum Alpbach.

Will you be able to support my visa application?

The Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs supports us and will inform the nearest Austrian consulate or a consulate with representation for Austria of your visa application. Every Austrian consulate will issue your visa free of charge. However, we can only assure that this is the case when applying at Austrian consulates directly. If you are applying at the consulate of another member of the Schengen area, we cannot guarantee that your files are handled free of charge.

Will you contract health and accident insurance for me?

No, please do so yourself for the period of your stay in Alpbach with two additional days for traveling between your hometown and Alpbach.

How do I get to Alpbach (Tyrol, Austria)?

Coming to Alpbach by public transport is easy. There are bus services from the train stations Wörgl, Jenbach and Brixlegg to Alpbach. The closest airports to Alpbach are Munich, Innsbruck and Vienna Airports. From there, you can easily take a train to one of the above-mentioned stations. Please visit the Austrian National Railway Service to find your connection: https://www.oebb.at/en/. Note that all relevant information about public transport will be updated shortly before the start of the European Forum Alpbach.

Which seminars will I be able to attend?

All scholarship holders will attend a scientific and an artistic/practical seminar of their choice. Further information on the seminars at the #efa22 will be shared with selected applicants in due time.

What should I bring with me to Alpbach? Is there a dress code?

Alpbach is a mountain village where the weather is very changeable even in the summer. Do not forget to bring warm clothes and especially weatherproof footwear and rain jackets with you! Please bear in mind that the roads in Alpbach are steep, so flat-heeled shoes are advisable. The dress code ranges from casual to smart casual. If you are unsure about how to dress, have a look at the photos of past events.
If you consider participating in one of the hikes offered, please bring warm clothes and appropriate shoes for hiking (trekking shoes or at least adequate sneakers). Participation is at your own risk.

As the European Forum Alpbach is a Green Meeting, we strongly encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle. You will need it in particular during the Alpbach Seminars.

For the Alpbach Seminars, please bring your own laptop.

Make sure to bring enough money for the first week in Alpbach! Should you have been awarded a full scholarship, you will only receive the board allowance after a few days in Alpbach. Please make sure to have enough cash (or a debit card that allows you to withdraw cash in Austria) on you to be able to pay for any expenses you might encounter on the first week.

Where can I eat?

Alpbach has many restaurants and places to eat. In some hotels and restaurants, special student meals are offered. You will find detailed information on this in Alpbach. There is a supermarket on the left-hand side of the main street as you enter the village where you can buy products of daily necessity. In some cases, your accommodation also includes breakfast.

COVID-19 Information
Which requirements apply to enter Austria?

As of 22 February 2022, all persons travelling to Austria need to possess a certificate of vaccination or recovery or a negative test. Please check the website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry for further information or updates: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/

Which prevention measures against the coronavirus do you take?

Further information on the safety and prevention concept of the efa22 will be posted here in due course.

AFTER ALPBACH
Why is it important to hand in a Feedback Report after my participation at the European Forum Alpbach?

Your feedback matters! We want to make the European Forum Alpbach better every year and to adjust it to your needs and requirements. This is why we would like to hear your feedback.

Moreover, our scholarship programme would not be possible without the generous support of organisations and private persons. By providing sufficient funds, they make your participation in the European Forum Alpbach possible. To be able to convey your experiences and impressions to our sponsors and to attest the meaning of their financial contribution, your feedback reports are crucial for us.

How do scholarship holders stay in touch after the European Forum Alpbach?

There are plenty of ways to stay connected after the European Forum Alpbach. The Forum Alpbach Network and the Africa Alpbach Network, the two alumni organisations of the European Forum Alpbach, organise a lot of activities during the year and will bring you closer together. Find a Club or an Initiative Group in your region, or become an Ambassador! More information on https://www.alpbach.network/

If you have any open questions regarding the #efa22 scholarship programme please do not hesitate to contact us via email: scholarships@alpbach.org