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Foundation for Austrian Studies

Prize and Stipend

The Foundation for Austrian has a prize and a stipend: the Hugo Weiland Prize and the Foundation for Austrian Studies Stipend.

Mr. Hugo Weiland Prize

The Foundation for Austrian Studies invites lecturers of Dutch and Flemish universities to nominate talented students whose thesis  investigates aspects of East-Central European history, politics and culture (i.e. the former lands of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the Habsburg monarchy and its connections)  for the Mr. Hugo Weiland Prize. This prize, established in honor of the founding president and current honorary chairman of the Leiden Austrian Studies Foundation is awarded to promising BA or MA theses. Each year BA and MA theses can be submitted; the committee will consider both categories, and can decide to nominate a prize winner for each category. Announced during the spring, the prize will be officially awarded in the fall. Candidates can be recommended by their supervisors after the completion and grading of their thesis. Taking into account delays caused by the Covid-19 crisis, we have postponed this year’s deadline to 1 December 2020. Supervisors are asked to send  the thesis as an attachment to an email which shortly explains the merits of the work to: weilandprijs@hum.leidenuniv.nl

A sum of €500 is attached to this prize.

Committee for the Mr. H. Weiland Prize

Previous Mr. H. Weiland Prize winners




Quinten Somsen



Foundation for Austrian Studies Stipend

MA and PhD students can apply for a subsidy from the Foundation for Austrian Studies for research into Central-European history, and in particular Austrian history. With this subsidy students can visit relevant libraries and archives for their research. This subsidy can be awarded all year round and will usually be around €500, but can go up to €2000 depending on the submitted research proposal. For the application students need to submit:

  • A motivation letter
  • Curriculum Vitae, including University transcript with grades
  • Research Proposal (2 pages) consisting of:
    • Description of research theme and question(s)
    • Scientific relevance
    • A time schedule
    • A list of libraries and archives that are to be visited
  • Budget

After the research trip students need to send in a final report no later than two months after their return. This should include a financial report, a brief summary of the trip (2 pages max.), and relevant photographs.

Committee for the grants:


Previous grants awarded




Frederiqe Visser


Niels Bakhuis


Quinten Somsen



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