The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) seeks grant proposals for events aimed at promoting an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria (including Habsburg Austria).

Fields of Interest

Eligible fields include, but are not limited to, history, politics, economics, law, cultural studies, and public history.

What We Fund

Applications may include support for conferences, symposia, seminars, exhibits, workshops, lectures, and other public events.

Grant Amount

The maximum funding an applicant may seek is $25,000; there is no minimum request.

Application Process

A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) must first be submitted via the BIAAS Online Grant Application System between February 17 and April 15, 2020. All first-time users must create an account prior to beginning the LOI process. Once an account has been created, users can begin to fill out and save the LOI within the system prior to submission. Applicants are encouraged to review the LOI questions here [insert link] prior to filling out the form.

Applicants will be notified by May 31 if they have been invited to submit a full grant application through the online application system.

Grant Applications are due by June 30. Grant applications will require a narrative description, budget information, an indication of other funding/support, a curriculum vitae, a bibliography, and two letters of reference. In addition, relevant organizations will need to upload their 501c3 designation letters and board member lists.

All complete grant applications are thoroughly evaluated by BIAAS. BIAAS may require additional information. Any discussions or indications of interest should not be interpreted as a commitment to support the Event.

Applicants will be notified of BIAAS’s decision by July 31. Supported events must be organized between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.


February 17, 2020                                                            BIAAS Grant Portal Open to Receive LOIs

April 15, 2020                                                                     Last day to submit LOIs via Grant Portal

May 31, 2020                                                                      On or before this day applicants are invited to submit a proposal

June 30, 2020                                                                     Grant Applications are due

July 31, 2020                                                                       Applicants are notified of BIAAS decision

September 1, 2020                                                           Grant implementation period begins

August 31, 2021                                                                Grant implementation period ends

*Variable                                                                             Financial and narrative grant reports due 90 days after the completion of the Event

Additional Resources

  • BIAAS Database of Funded Research [insert link]
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) [insert link]
  • Letter of Inquiry Questions [insert link]

Further Considerations

In addition to providing funding opportunities BIAAS furthers its mission by organizing events; publishing the Journal of Austrian-American History [insert link]; and engaging with a broader public audience through digital programming to further cultivate a connected online community interested in Austrian-American Studies. Our strategy focuses on our grantees; accordingly, we encourage applications that facilitate promotion of grantee work and work products.

In particular, grantees interested in contributing to BIAAS’s Austro-American Blog Series [insert link], or publishing event materials (e.g. conference papers, web exhibits, etc.) online or in the Journal of Austrian-American History [insert link], are encouraged to apply.

Ready to Apply?

Letters of Inquiry must be submitted online through BIAAS’s Grant Portal by April 15, 2020.