Building bridges through science: Fulbright Scholars at the NHM Vienna
At the NHM Vienna around 60 researchers from many fields of the earth, life, and human sciences conduct fundamental research in a broad range of areas. As a result, the museum serves as a center of expertise for public questions and is one of Austria’s largest non-university research institutions – ideal conditions to support and promote an international exchange of knowledge.
The Fulbright Program is named after J. William Fulbright (1905–1995), one of most famous politicians in the United States of America. Fulbright served 30 years as a US Senator and was a staunch advocate of international cooperation in the postwar era. Today the Fulbright Program provides grants to students, researchers, and teachers with the aim of promoting cooperation between the United States and 155 partner countries. Since its creation in 1946 more than 325,000 students, teachers and researchers have participated in the Fulbright Program.
“This collaboration with the internationally renowned Fulbright Program means that top researchers from the United States will be able to work at the NHM Vienna. Accepting Fulbright Scholars and the resulting international cooperation will reinforce the NHM’s position as a global center of research and at the same time benefit scientific work carried out at the museum,” explains NHM Director General Christian Köberl.
“The Fulbright Commission is delighted to have the NHM Vienna among its institutional partners. This cooperation with one of Austria’s largest non-university research institutions is a boon for the Fulbright Program in Austria, which is already one of the most popular destinations for guest professors and researchers from the United States. This cooperation will create incentives for new partnerships and thereby promote an exchange of knowledge and cultures beneficial to both sides,” emphasizes Austrian Fulbright Commission Secretary General Lonnie Johnson.
Launched in 1950 by the Republic of Austria and the United States of America, the Austrian Fulbright Commission aims to promote an exchange of culture and knowledge and support mutual understanding between the two countries. Key to achieving this are joint financing instruments and coordinated program contents. Research, education and culture institutions in both countries have the chance to send students and researchers abroad for a period of time and to welcome incoming students and researchers. By exchanging opinions and experiences, Fulbright Scholars establish contacts and reap the rewards of teaching, learning and researching in a different country. This, in turn, lays the foundations for innovation, transfer of knowledge, and international cooperation, bringing people together across borders.
Information for potential applicants:
For questions please contact
Leitung Kommunikation & Medien, Pressesprecherin, NHM Wien
Tel.: ++ 43 (1) 521 77 DW 410
Mag. Miriam Reichel, MA
Kommunikation & Medien, Pressereferentin, NHM Wien
Tel.: ++ 43 (1) 521 77 DW 411
Mag. Martina Laffer
Program Coordinator, Fulbright
Austrian-American Educational Commission
Tel.: ++43 (1) 236 7878 DW 15