Deadline: March 31, 2020 (11:59 noon CET)

On August 25 1945, the European Forum Alpbach, then called the Austrian College, discussed for the first time the foundations of a free, diverse and democratic community. In keeping with the 75 year anniversary year, this year’s annual theme of the European Forum Alpbach is ‚Fundamentals‘.
The scholarship to participate in the Seminar Week (19.08.-26.08.2020) and the Alpbach Symposia (22.08.-04.09.2020).

But what are ‚Fundamentals‘?

They are the roots that make our society flourish or stall. On a democratic and regulatory level, they include our human rights such as the inviolability of human dignity, freedom of expression, the right to free elections and minority rights. On the scientific and academic level, they include freedom of expression, independent teaching, transparency and accountability. From ethical challenges in medicine and technology all the way to AI and the breach of the public’s trust through fake news and hate speech on the Internet – over the past five years, our social fundamentals have become increasingly shaky.

This year, the European Forum Alpbach is therefore dedicated to the social foundations of democracy, cohesion and diversity. Overall, the aim is to examine some convictions that are no longer questioned and thus also to do justice to the European Forum Alpbach’s own demands. Those principles that continue to prove indispensable are to be anchored in the consciousness of the participants and at the same time conveyed to their sceptics. From scholarship holders to lecturers and international decision-makers, we are looking for common foundations for a sustainable future.

The opening ceremony of the European Forum Alpbach 2020 in honour of its 75 year anniversary critically examines the foundations on which our society is to be built in the future. The Klangforum Wien and young composer Vincent Pongracz will premiere the ‘Alpbachiade’, a journey through the 75-year history of the European Forum Alpbach, and thereby create the musical backdrop for the ceremony.

Specific Scholarship Requirements:
There are the 3 first-time scholarship types :

1. Basic Scholarship
2. Partial Scholarship
3. Full Scholarship


  • English proficiency (Minimum B2);
  • Certificates & Transcripts;
  • Minimum 12-Day Attendance;
  • Filled-out online application.
  • International applicants up to the age of 30 (under the age of 35 for African applicants) and under the age of 35 for “returner” scholarships, meaning those applicants who have already been to Alpbach as scholarship holders at least once
  • 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, Chinese and Taiwanese If you hold one of these passports, you cannot apply through the European Forum Alpbach Foundation. More information here.
  • Former Alpbach scholarship holders are invited to return to the European Forum Alpbach as Seminar Assistants or Alpbach Buddies. More information can be found


  • First-Time Scholarship holders must be available to stay at the European Forum Alpbach for a minimum of 12 days.
  • Returner Scholarship holders must be available to stay at the European Forum Alpbach for a minimum of 9 days.

How to apply:

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