The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) promotes an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria, including the lands of the former Habsburg empire, by awarding grants and fellowships, organizing lectures and conferences, and publishing the Journal of Austrian-American History.  We engage with a broader public audience through digital programming, including videos, podcasts and blog posts.


Transatlantic Migration & Ethnic Identity

Hölzlhuber’s America: An Austrian Artist’s Depiction of Antebellum Travel in Wisconsin and Beyond, 1856-1860

By Janine Yorimoto Boldt and Kristina E. Poznan

When Franz Hölzlhuber arrived in the United States from Austria in 1856, the United States was in deep debate over the future of slavery in its western territories and actively engaged in Native removal. During Hölzlhuber’s four years in America, war was raging in “Bleeding” Kansas, John Brown led a raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, and the Pony Express connected Missouri and Sacramento, California. Hölzlhuber’s path crisscrossed with many of these developments, which he recorded in sketches at the time, subsequently painted, and commented on over two decades later when exhibiting his American art back in Austria.


Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor of Austrian-American Studies

Now Open!

A Fulbright-Botstiber award of approximately $20,000 for one academic semester is offered annually to one American scholar to be hosted by institutions in Austria (Deadline: Sept. 15, 2021,) and an identical award is offered annually to one Austrian scholar to be hosted by institutions in the United States (Deadline: Oct. 30, 2021).

Grant proposals require the collaboration of potential Fulbright-Botstiber scholars and potential host faculty from institutions in Austria or the United States, respectively.

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OSS Operation Greenup. 2017 Grant Recipient Peter Pirker’s subject in Codename Brooklyn From left, Franz Weber, Hans Wynberg, Fred Mayer.


BIAAS supports grant and fellowship proposals for projects that promote an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria in the fields of history, politics, economics, law, cultural studies, and public history.