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Klaus Liebscher Economic Research Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 31, 2021.

The Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) has replaced the economic research awards previously conferred by its Economic Analysis and Research Department with the newly established “Klaus Liebscher Economic Research Scholarship.” This Scholarship gives outstanding researchers the opportunity to contribute to the broad range of research activities at the OeNB’s Economic Analysis and Research Department by providing consultancy services.

The Scholarship program targets Austrian and international experts with a proven research record in economics and finance and with postdoctoral research experience. Applicants need to be in active employment with a research institution in Austria or abroad and should be interested in broadening their research horizon and expanding their personal research networks in an environment of increasing international research mobility.


  1. Eligible candidates must have completed a PhD or hold an equivalent degree and published work and done scientific research in the fields defined in the call for Scholarship applications. Applicants can be of any nationality and there is no age limit.
  2.  Only applications submitted by natural persons will be accepted. It is not possible to apply for more than one scholarship under the Klaus Liebscher Economic Research Scholarship program.
  3.  Eligible candidates shall be acknowledged experts with a proven track record in economic research and shall be well integrated in their research community.
  4.  Applicants must provide proof of active employment with a research institution at the time of their application and for the period for which the Scholarship is granted.
  1.  Applicants who have received a Scholarship under the program will not be able to re-apply. Neither shall applications for renewal be accepted.
  2. Employees of the European Central Bank or other central banks in the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) are not eligible for Scholarships. These employees may consider the options available under the ESCB’s External Working Experience (EWE) scheme or the Schuman Programme.

Application Procedure

  1. Each year, the Scholarships will be advertised on the OeNB’s website and through other (electronic) media that ensure that a broad spectrum of interested researchers are reached (see also “Purpose of the Klaus Liebscher Economic Research Scholarship,” item 2).
  2.  Applications must be in English and sent to the OeNB’s Economic Research and Analysis Department by e-mail. More detailed information about the application procedure will be published in the annual call for Scholarship applications on the OeNB’s website.
  3.  As a rule, applications will be accepted from mid-May to the closing date at the end of October. The exact closing dates for applications will be published on the OeNB’s website at the beginning of the annual application period.
  4.  Applicants must provide the following documents and information:
    • a letter of motivation, including an indication of the time period envisaged for the consultancy
    • a detailed consultancy proposal
    • a description of current research topics and activities
    • an academic curriculum vitae
    • an up-to-date list of publications (or an extract therefrom)
    • the names of two references that the OeNB may contact to obtain further information about the applicant
    • evidence of basic income (employment contract with the applicant’s home institution) during the term of the Scholarship, i.e. the consultancy period at the OeNB
    • written confirmation by the home institution that the Scholarship, i.e. the provision of consultancy services by the applicant, is not in violation of the applicant’s employment contract with the home institution
  5.  All documents must be compiled into one single PDF file.
  6.  The OeNB’s Economic Research and Analysis Department will check the submitted documents for completeness and request additional documents, if deemed necessary.

Official Website: Klaus Liebscher Economic Research Scholarship



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