Applications for a scholarship at the European Forum Alpbach 2023

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Every year hundreds of young talents from all around the world join the European Forum Alpbach (EFA) and come to our event. Students, young professionals and changemakers attend a variety of scientific, competence based and artistic seminars, enjoy a high-level conference programme as well as social and cultural activities in the village of Alpbach. Both EFA itself as well as the Forum Alpbach Network (FAN) award around 400 scholarships.

Applications for a scholarship at the European Forum Alpbach 2023 are possible from 1 March, 12 pm, until 31 March, 12 pm.

Why should I apply?

Alpbach is an inspirational place that opens minds and souls for Europe’s future. A forum that generates ideas and sparks action. One of our former scholarship holders describes it as “an absolutely outstanding opportunity for young minds to interact, discuss, build friendships and collaborations and to promote positive changes in the future.” Watch our EFA22 recap video at the bottom of this page and see for yourself.

Who can apply?

A scholarship to participate in the European Forum Alpbach is available to applicants between 18 and 30 years of age (up to 35 for African applicants). We welcome applications from all countries and disciplines. Artists and non-graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. Please note the following application criteria:

First-time scholarship holder: You haven’t received a scholarship from the European Forum Alpbach yet.

English Proficiency (Minimum B2): The main language of the European Forum Alpbach is English. Therefore, fluent English language skills are required (minimum level B2 of Common European Framework of Reference). You will be asked to provide supporting documents to prove your English proficiency (see application process).

Aged between 18 and 30 years old (or between 18 and 35 for African applicants): All first-time scholarship applicants must be aged between 18 and 30. For African applicants, the age limit of 35 applies. (i.e., born after 03.09.1992 and before 19.08.2005 for all applicants except Africans; born after 03.09.1987 and before 19.08.2005 for Africans)

Minimum 12-day Attendance: All applicants must be available and ready to attend the European Forum Alpbach 2023 for a minimum of 12 days.

We encourage candidates coming from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, members of ethnical or religious minorities, members of the LGBTQI+ community, people with disabilities, and refugees or displaced persons to apply for a scholarship. If you identify as belonging to one of these groups, you may indicate this in your motivational statement. We will take it into consideration in our jury assessment.

What does a scholarship cover?

A scholarship to participate at EFA covers the participation fee and your accommodation for the entire duration of EFA23 (19 August to 2 September 2023). Additionally, EFA scholarship holders receive a daily allowance of EUR 20,-/day. Some Clubs within the Forum Alpbach Network offer a reimbursement of travel costs and/or daily allowances to their scholarship holders (please refer to their respective websites.)


Application process

You can either apply via the EFA’s application portal or via one of the FAN’s alumni clubs.

FAN clubs strive to make the Alpbach experience available to new scholarship holders from their clubs’ regions. If you have a regional affiliation to one (or even more) of the 30 existing FAN Clubs, we recommend checking out if they offer scholarships, and, if yes, to apply there. You’ll benefit from smaller mentoring structures and immediate onboarding into our alumni network. (Note: under regional affiliation, we understand nationality or present/past residency status).

If the Club in your country does not offer scholarships, or if there is no Club in your country, then we invite you to apply via the EFA. The EFA scholarship programme is open to international applicants from all regions of the world*, with a special focus on Europe (outside Austria).

*Except nationals of ROC Taiwan or permanent residents in Taiwan: Please apply via the Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation.

Where can I apply?

I want to apply via EFA.



Motivational statement answering the following question: What motivates you to take part in EFA23? Explain which track(s) you are most interested in and how you will contribute, in terms of perspectives, ideas and knowledge, to its discussions. Be as concrete as possible and link it to your personal background.

CV details (you can indicate up to 5 professional activities, 5 educational stations, 5 extracurricular activities in our application form).

Proof of your English B2 level. We accept the following documents:

  • A language certificate (e.g., TOEFL with a min. score of 72, IELTS with a min. score of 5.5, CPE or CAE with a min. score of 162, MUET with a min. score of 5).
  • Proof that you studied or are studying in an English-speaking country
  • Proof that your degree is taught entirely in English
  • If you are a native speaker, you can upload a copy of your passport. You are considered a native speaker if you come from one of the following majority English-speaking countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America.
  • A confirmation by your school, employer, or a university professor, explicitly stating that you have reached B2 or an equivalent to B2.

Latest diploma or transcript of records or proof of employment. If your transcript or certificate is in a language other than German or English, you need to submit a translation. This translation does not need to be certified. Please do not send any additional certificates as we will not consider them.


  • Our selection committee consists of engaged members of our community who work in various fields of society, e.g. academia, think tanks, business, etc. Our alumni network is also actively involved in the selection process.
  • Candidates will be notified about their application status by the end of May.
  • Please note that in some cases, additional online interviews will be conducted.

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