Grant of the Province of Styria in Cooperation with the University of Graz for Students from South-Eastern Europe – GO STYRIA

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Winter semester 2016/17

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 NEW: As of 2014/15 the Go Styria program focuses on incoming research mobility for Master and Doctoral students as well as Post-Docs.


In cooperation with the University of Graz, the Province of Styria has been offering a new grant for outstanding students from South-Eastern European countries – “Go Styria!”.

More information on fields of study offered at the University of Graz available at: 

The Department for Scientific Affairs of the Province of Styria takes a very strong interest in the process of South-Eastern European integration and sets a course in those countries who are not – or not yet – members of the European Union. Styria, as a link between the EU and Eastern/South-Eastern Europe, adopts an active role in the scientific and cultural exchange between the countries and has the necessary preconditions to integrate the research competences and to utilize the available synergetic opportunities. 

Against the background of a long standing, varied and intensive cooperation with the regions of South-Eastern Europe, the University of Graz was the first university in the German-speaking world to set a university-wide focus on “South-Eastern Europe” as the profile-setting core of its university development concept. Thanks to its expertise and acquaintance with both the needs as well as the potentials for cooperation of the South-Eastern European region, the University of Graz has been an important forerunner within the EU for the realization of the vision of European-wide integration for a long time. As part of an extensive circle of partnerships, the university takes these historically developed and in many areas important connections into consideration.

A list of the selected candidates and topics in previous years can be found here.


The scholarship program aims at MASTER AND DOCTORAL students who 

  • are currently registered at universities in South-Eastern Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (F.Y.R.O.M.), Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova) and also still registered during the winter semester 2016/17
  • are currently already working on their master of doctoral thesis. 
  • want to come to the University of Graz as exchange students in order to do research then finish their degree at their home universities.

as well as POST-DOCs, who

  • have completed their PhD programme with excellent results. The completion of the doctorate should not be older than 1 year at time of application.

A post-doctoral stay at the University of Graz will not be supported in case the applicant completed his/her doctoral program at the University of Graz. The proposed research project should be agreed upon with the potential supervisor.

The selection of the applicants takes place in a joint process of the Province of Styria and the University of Graz. The academic quality of the applicant is decisive for the success of the application. Depending upon the intended aim of the studies or research, proof of the command of German and/or English is to be provided. Selected master and doctoral students will be enrolled as exchange students at the University of Graz.

The maximum length of time of financial aid for “Go Styria” is four months. Grant awards for shorter research stays (1-3 months) are occasionally possible.

Making use of  „Go Styria“ and other scholarship programs for the same duration of study at the University of Graz is not admissible!

MASTER and DOCTORAL students - Application Process and documents

Applying for the program is a two-step process:

  • Online application (step 1) 
  • Sending the documents via surface mail (step 2).
    Information concerning the documents necessary for a complete application can be found >>here<<

To receive the Code for the Online application please contact christa.grassauer(at) and in your email provide the following information:

  • First and last name (according to your passport)
  • Home university (official name in national language as well as English or German)
  • Level and area of study you are currently enrolled in
  • In case you have already studied at an Austrian university in the past, mention when and at which university and also provide your student ID number (Matrikelnummer)
  • Also confirm that you are currently enrolled at a university in the target region and will be in winter semester 2016/17

Checklist for complete Go Styria Master / Doctoral application: >>Link<<
Make sure you check whether your application is complete before sending it.

When contacting a professor at University of Graz or the relevant Academic Advisor at University of Graz for an invitation letter, make sure you identify yourself as a Go Styria applicant and also send along your CV and detailed research proposal.

Template for Invitation Letter: >>LINK<<

POST-DOCs - Application Process and documents

Application Procedure

please first check the list of academic schools/departments to find out if there is a relevant research field you are interested in:

As a next step, you need to contact the relevant department to find out if it can host you. In your email, please include the following information:

  • Completed and signed application form: >>LINK<<
  • a brief explanation which scholarship programme you are applying for
  • your CV
  • a proposal of your research plan (max. 3 pages)
  • sample invitation letter: >>LINK<<
If you have identified a supervisor/host at the University of Graz, the research/work plan has to be mutually agreed upon and submitted with your scholarship application.
Your prospective host at the University of Graz will provide you with a letter of support/invitation letter. (printed on official paper and signed by a supervisor)

If you need assistance in establishing contact with a prospective host department, please contact blaz.ploj(at)

Checklist for complete Go Styria Post-Doc application: >>LINK<<

Make sure you check whether your application is complete before sending it.


Currently no open call.

> for MA/PhD:
 Mag. Christa Grassauer christa.grassauer(at)
> for PostDoc: Blaž Ploj, prof. lat. in univ. dipl. soc. kult. blaz.ploj(at)

Only those applications that are complete and reach the Office of International Relations on time will be considered! Incomplete applications will not be accepted! 


“Go Styria” includes the following benefits:

  • Master/PhD: grant in the amount of EUR 600 per month 
  • PostDoc: grant in the amount of EUR 900 per month
  • Master and doctoral students: Tuition fee waiver at the University of Graz


Before the end of the scholarship period and the payment of the last instalment grant holders have to submit the following document to the Office of International Relations:

  • Final report detailing the outcome of the research activity signed by the grantee: >>LINK<<
  • Evaluation of the supervisor at the University of Graz: >>LINK<<

The reports will be made public on the homepage and thus made available to new applicants.

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Contact persons in the Office of International Relations:



Christa Grassauer
Universitaetsplatz 3, 8010 Graz

+43 (0)316 380 - 1254
+43 (0)316 380 - 9156


Office hours:
Mon-Fri 9.30-12pm, Wed 1-3pm
(During term time: Monday-Thursday 10am-12pm)
and by appointment



Blaž Ploj
Strassoldogasse 10, 8010 Graz

+43 (0)316 380 - 2214
+43 (0)316 380 - 9155

Office hours:
Mon - Fri 9.30 - 12am, Wed 1 - 3pm
(During course free time: Monday-Thursday 10-12am)
and on appointment

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