The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Funding Opportunities

Group of women from Australia, Austria, Bessarabia, Chile, Cuba, England, Esthonia, Holland, Hungary, Lithuania, Roumania, Switzerland with delegates to the Assembly of the League of Nations, 1930.


Second Cycle Now Open for Letters of Inquiry until February 1, 2023!


The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) seeks grant proposals for events, exhibits, and online programs 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.

Who We Fund

These grants are intended for organizations and institutions. An association of organizations should identify the lead administrative organization in their application.

Individuals may apply on behalf of an organization(s). However, a lead organization which will administer funding should be identified in their application. Please note: designated applicant must be the project director/principal investigator for the intended program.

What We Fund

Applications may include support for conferences, symposia, seminars, exhibits, workshops, lectures, and other public events. Given the uncertainties of the COVID-19 crisis, we also encourage proposals for virtual exhibits and/or online events, such as Arts/Culture History Online Exhibits and Digital Projects for the Public that support Exhibits/Limited Events.

Grant Amount

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

Application Process

BIAAS currently offers an open call for Letters of Inquiry (LOI) with a deadline for submissions on February 1, 2023. All LOIs must be submitted via the BIAAS Online Grant Application System. 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. Click here prior to filling out the form.

Those applicants that submit LOIs will be notified by March 15, 2023, if they have been invited to submit a full grant application through the online application system.

Grant Applications are due by April 15, 2023. 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 May 30, 2023. Supported events must be organized within one year of receiving funding.


Dec. 1, 2022BIAAS Grant Portal Open to Receive LOIs
Feb. 1, 2023Last day to submit LOIs via Grant Portal
Mar. 15, 2023On or before this day applicants are invited to submit a proposal
May 30, 2023All applicants will have been informed of BIAAS’s decision
*VariableFinancial and narrative grant reports due 90 days after the completion of the Event

Additional Resources

Further Considerations

In addition to providing funding opportunities, BIAAS furthers its mission by organizing events; publishing the Journal of Austrian-American History; 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 Blogs Series, or publishing event materials (e.g. conference papers, web exhibits, etc.) online or in the Journal of Austrian-American History, are encouraged to apply.

Ready to Apply?

Letters of Inquiry must be submitted online through BIAAS’s Grant Portal.

Please direct any inquiries to:

Mr. Kevin J. McNamara
Managing Director
Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies
Email address: