The objectives of the Lise Meitner training and career advancement programme are as follows:

  • to attract highly qualified researchers from abroad to Austrian research institutions and research programmes, and to take targeted measures that provide them with a maximum of support in their research work and career development during the post-doc stage. Mentoring by the co-applicant is an especially important part of this programme;
  • to create added value through research cooperation between co-applicants and Meitner grantees by opening up new fields of research, by establishing new research approaches, methods, processes and techniques at the host institutions, and by sustainably enhancing the quality of research at those institutions;
  • to integrate Meitner grantees into Austrian research institutions, thus contributing to brain gain;
  • to promote cooperation between Austrian researchers and the Meitner grantees' countries of origin;
  • to provide researchers who have been outside of Austria for a long period of time with opportunities to re-establish themselves at Austrian research institutions.

In general, the following researchers are eligible for Meitner grants:

  • Incoming: post-doctoral researchers from abroad who do not meet either of the criteria related to residence in Austria (these criteria are fulfilled if: a) the applicant's main place of residence has been in Austria for at least three of the previous ten years at the time of application, and/or b) the applicant has been continuously working in research in Austria for at least two consecutive years prior to submitting the application);
  • Reintegration: post-doctoral researchers whose main place of residence has been outside of Austria for at least four years at the time of application (regardless of whether they fulfil one of the residencerelated criteria) and who seek to re-establish themselves at an Austrian research institution through the Lise Meitner Programme.

All parts of the free-form application, the abstracts and the enclosures must be submitted in 11pt type, line spacing 1.5. A complete application must include the following parts:

  • One-page academic abstract. The academic abstract will be used to inform potential reviewers about the project. Applicants are therefore asked to address the following points as concisely as possible: 1) research questions/hypotheses, 2) scientific/scholarly innovation / originality of the project, 3) methods to be used, and 4) main researchers to be responsible for the project;
  • Two one-page abstracts for the FWF's public relations (PR) work: one in German, one in English. These abstracts should contain the following information: 1) project title, 2) content of research project, 3) hypotheses, 4) methods, and 5) an explanation indicating what is new and/or special about the project;
  • Completed forms (required: application form, “programme-specific data” form; optional: form for international cooperation arrangements);
  • Form with the names (and contact details) of all persons (co-authors) who have made substantial scientific/scholarly contributions to the content of the application, in either its conception or its composition. A brief description of the nature of each contribution should be included. In cases where no co-authors are involved, it is necessary to indicate this explicitly in the attachment;
  • A free-form application composed of: Project description, bibliography and academic curriculum vitae and a list of publications of the applicant and the co-applicant;
  • Enclosures
Applications can be submitted on paper (along with files on a data storage device) or online at

More information?
More information can be found on the FWF website and in the Application guidelines.

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