Ernst Mach Grant: study in Austria with all expenses paid

Ernst Mach Grant - study in Austria

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As an undergraduate or graduate student, you can study for an exchange semester or year in Austria with the Ernst Mach Grant. Check in this post the 10 most important things you need to know for the application process!

Also, you can read about my experience winnning the Ernst Mach Grant and spending 6 awesome months in Vienna in the blog post: How to win the Ernst Mach Grant for a semester or year abroad in Austria

1. Ernst Mach Grant Website

2. Country where you will study


3. University where you will study

Any Austrian Universitiy of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen).

For more information please access

4. Areas of Study

  • Natural Sciences
  • Technical Sciences
  • Human Medicine
  • Health Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

5. Type of Scholarship


6. Duration of the scholarship

4 to 10 months

7. Award (tuition, accommodation and more)

  1. Monthly grant rate 1,250 EUR
  2. Accident and health insurance, accommodation
  3. Recipients of grants are exempted from paying tuition fees.
  4. Recipients of grants from non-European developing countries will also receive a travel costs subsidy up to 1,000 EUR maximum upon presentation of original documents.

8. Eligibility to apply for the Ernst Mach Grant

  • Be original from one of the following countries: Afghanistan; Algeria; American Samoa; Angola; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Armenia; Australia; Azerbaijan; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belize; Benin; Bhutan; Bolivia; Botswana; Brazil; Brunei Darussalam; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cabo Verde; Cambodia; Cameroon; Canada; Central African Republic; Chad; Chile; China; Colombia; Comoros; Congo; Congo – Democratic Republic of the; Costa Rica; Cote D’Ivoire; Cuba; Djibouti; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Fiji; Gabon; Gambia; Georgia; Ghana; Grenada; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iran – Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Israel; Jamaica; Japan; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kiribati; Korea – Democratic People’s Republic of; Korea – Republic of; Kuwait; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Lebanon; Lesotho; Liberia; Libya; Madagascar; Malawi; Malaysia; Maldives; Mali; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mexico; Micronesia – Federated States of; Mongolia; Morocco; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; Nauru; Nepal; New Zealand; Nicaragua; Niger; Nigeria; Oman; Pakistan; Palau; Panama; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Qatar; Rwanda; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sao Tome and Principe; Saudi Arabia; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Suriname; Swaziland; Syrian Arab Republic; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Tanzania – United Rebublic of; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Togo; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkmenistan; Tuvalu; Uganda; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; United States; Uruguay; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Venezuela; Viet Nam; West Bank and Gaza Strip; Western Sahara; Yemen; Zambia; Zimbabwe
  • Eligible for application are students who
    a) are studying a master Programme at a university in one of the above-defined countries of origin or
    b) are studying a Bachelor Programme at a university in one of the above-defined countries of origin and have successfully completed at least 4 semesters of studies by the time of taking up the grant.
  • Maximum age: 35 years.
  • Language: proficiency in the language of instruction (German OR English), particularly in the respective subject area, is a prerequisite.

9. Application steps

The following documents have to be uploaded with the online application at

  • 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 not be older than six months at the time of application.
  • Confirmation of the home university that the exams passed in Austria will be recognized by the home university (e.g. a learning agreement).
  • Confirmation of acceptance as an exchange student or free mover from the University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule).
  • Scan of your passport (page with the name and photo).
    • Scan of a current Transcript of Records.

10. Deadline

  • Application open on: October
  • Application closed on: March

Good luck!

Experience earning the Ernst Mach Grant

Read here my experience winning the Ernst Mach Grant to study for one semester in Vienna.

How to win the Ernst Mach Grant for a semester or year abroad in Austria

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  1. Anja
    23/09/2020 / 2:16 PM

    I’m also living in South Africa, and I’m currently in grade 11. I want to go and study overseas, but as you know it’s really expensive, especially with the rand. Do you have any tips one places that are easier to get into. Or maybe where I should start looking. I’ve been looking at scholarships but there are so many, it’s kind of overwelming😓 Any advice you might have for me would be great

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