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Students who are citizens of countries listed in the Annex 1, 2 and 3 to § 3a Tuition Fee Decree 2004 are generally exempt from paying tuition fees for social reasons.

The Fine Arts Vienna would like to support promising and highly motivated but socially disadvantaged students from these countries (incl. Kosovo, Montenegro and Croatia) as well as stateless persons, convention refugees and persons entitled to subsidiary protection. The Academy would like to contribute to the living expenses of these students and therefore has provided  EUR 20.000 from the art auction 2019 for the Second Year Scholarship.

The scholarship comprises a monetary support of EUR 5.000 for the second year of study, with half-yearly payment. Please note that the payment for the summer semester depends on the study progress in the winter semester. Furthermore, the study fees for the second year of study will bewaived.

Deadline:  13.5.–9.6.2019

More information and application form:

Call 2019

Application form 2019

Please send your documents via e-mail to akademiestipendien@akbild.ac.at. Please submit exclusively via PDF (all documents in one single PDF-file).

Application requirements:

  • Active regular diploma, bachelor or master students in the first year of study at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
  • Croatian citizens who can demonstrate that they have restricted access to employment in Austria, or
  • Stateless persons, convention refugees or persons entiteld to subsidiary protection.
  • The expected fulfilment of all curricular requirements for the first year of study must be demonstrated by the completed classes in the first semester and those classes in which student participate in the second semester.
  • Furthermore, it should be foreseeable that the bachelor will be completed in the minimum period of study, the first part of the diploma program can be completed within two years and the required language competence can be demonstrated  after one year.
  • Social need.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. At least one letter must be from the  head of studio (Fachbereichsleiter_innen), in whose field the admission took place in the first semester. The letters of recommendation should mainly focus on the applicant's previous academic progress  and his_her motivation for  studies.

Exchange students and dual citizens of an EU member state do not qualify for this grant.

Please note that you have to deliver a report of successfully completed examinations in the second year of study as well as other study-related activities.


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