The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies is proud to administer the following undergraduate and graduate fellowships and awards. If you are eligible to apply and would like an application form please visit the Wirth Institute in suite 300 Arts building or contact us via e-mail at 

All applications should be received by the deadline dates indicated and sent to:

Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies
Suite 300 Arts Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E6



Fellowships for students from Central Europe

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Franz Schubert Institute Poetry and Performance of the German Lied Masterclass for Singers and Pianists

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FSI Scholarships

Three scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to be used for participation in the course “Poetry and Performance of the German Lied: Master Course for Singers and Pianists,” at the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. These awards have been made possible by the generous donations of the University of Alberta’s Provost’s Office, the Wirth Institute, and the Department of Music. 

Applicant Criteria:

  • Applicants must be students (singers or pianists), presently involved in performance at the University of Alberta, or are alumni of the University of Alberta

  • Consideration is by successful audition. 

  • Audition Age Limit: 35 for singers, unlimited for pianists

Participation in the program:

  • Two possible levels of participation – Full Program or Junior Program

  • Full Program

    • participant prepares approximately 24 Lieder to bring to study during the course of 5 weeks

  • Junior Program 

    • participant prepares approximately 10 Lieder to bring to study during the course of 5 weeks

  • Scholarship priority will be given to full participants and to students presently enrolled at the University of Alberta, or are alumni of the University of Alberta

  • Successful candidates will be awarded admission with performance status (active participant) to the Franz-Schubert-Institut “Poetry and Performance of the German Lied: Master Course for Singers and Pianists,” held from July 5 to August 10, 2015

Audition and repertoire requirements:

  • Performance of two Schubert Lieder PLUS two Lieder by any other composer (vocalist’s repertoire will be memorized)

  • Singers and pianists are welcome to audition individually or as partners. However, the panel’s evaluation of all applicants will be on an individual basis. 

Audition information:

  • Convocation Hall, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta Main Campus 

  • November 18, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

  • Dr. Deen Larsen (founder and director of the Franz Schubert Institute) will head an audition panel, which may include:

    • Representative(s) of the piano area from Augustana University College and/or the University of Alberta Department of Music

    • Representative(s) of the voice area from Augustana University College

     and/or the University of Alberta Department of Music

    • Chair (or delegate of the chair) of the Department of Music

Audition sign up and materials:

  • Contact Elizabeth Turnbull ( on or before Nov. 14, 2014 to request an audition time

  • Bring a recent photograph and a resume/biography to your audition, as well as a list of the songs prepared for the audition. 

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before your audition

For more information on the FSI summer program, please contact:

Please visit the Franz-Schubert-Institut website:



The Johann Strauss Foundation Music Awards for Advanced Study of Music in Austria


Field of Study:             Music

Value:                           Variable ($2,000 - $5,000)

Number:                       Variable (1-3)
Conditions:                 Awarded, in first order, to a student or students with satisfactory academic standing in an official Music Program at any Alberta post-secondary institution who is/are planning to study music in Austria. In the absence of qualified registered student candidates, the award may be given to an advanced musician, post-doctoral fellow or junior music instructor wishing to advance their music skills through the study of music in Austria. Selection will be based on musical merit as demonstrated in an audition and interview. This award is given to support the individual’s expenses (travel, accommodation, tuition/registration fees) incurred during the study in Austria.

Application Deadline:   DECEMBER 8, 2017

Auditions: Finalists will be invited to auditions held at the University of Alberta on January 10th, 2018. The audition includes up to fifteen minutes of musical performance and a brief interview of up to ten minutes. We ask that you be prepared to perform repertoire that demonstrates three contrasting styles or genres, and for singers, three different languages. It is the responsibility of auditionees to provide an accompanist if required. Applicants selected for an audition will be notified of their audition time.

To download the application form, please click here.



For further information contact:

Joseph F. Patrouch, Director

Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies

Arts Building, Suite 300

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB

T6G 2E6

Tel: 780-492-1444



Austrian Canadian Council Dissertation Prizes in the field of Austrian Studies

For best M.A. thesis $500
For best Ph.D. thesis $1,000

The Austrian Canadian Council will award up to $ 1500 per year to the best M.A. or Ph.D. theses completed at Canadian Universities in fulfillment of the relevant graduate degrees. The competition is open to all dissertations in the field of Austrian Studies (including history, music, philosophy, literature or comparative literature with an Austrian thematic dimension). Both a Ph.D. thesis prize and an M.A. thesis prize may be awarded in each year, depending on the quality and number of applications. The competition is open to all theses completed and accepted by the appropriate graduate faculty in the twelve months prior to the nomination deadline of the end of October. The prize is administered by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta. The Institute will establish an adjudicating committee of three prominent Canadian professors of German literature to assess the nominations. Winners will be announced on or around 15 December each year. Nominations may be made by departments, thesis advisors, or authors themselves, and should be accompanied by a copy of the dissertation and a letter of support by the primary faculty advisor of the thesis. All supporting documents must be received by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies within one week of the nomination deadline.

Deadline: October 29




The Central European and Hungarian Studies Award endowed by the Canadian Hungarian Cultural Society
Value: $800
Eligibility: Awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student in the Faculty of Arts whose research work (generally in the form of third or fourth year research essay) in a University of Alberta course demonstrates excellence in the study of either any aspect of central Europe with a Hungarian component or any aspect of Hungarian Studies. Eligible students should contact the Director, Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, 300 Arts, for further information.

Application: Students who believe they are eligible for this award should bring the matter to the attention of their course instructor. Nominations for the award must be made by the instructor.

Deadline: April 30


The Joseph and Melitta Kandler Graduate Fellowship
in Austrian and Central European Studies

Value: $2,500 - $3,000

Funded by Dr. Joseph Kandler, a native of Vienna, and a graduate of the Hochschule für Welthandel, now named the Wirtschaftsuniversität Vienna, who is a former member of the Senate and Board of Governors of the University of Alberta. Melitta Kandler began her studies at the University of Graz, Austria, and graduated with an M.A. from the University of Alberta.

Eligibility: Awarded annually to a student in the M.A. or Ph.D. Programme in any department in the Faculty of Arts who will benefit from studying or researching in Austria or in any other central European country. The award, intended to cover a study period of four months, may supplement other awards or grants. Recipients must have completed one year of graduate study. A student may hold the award only once.

Application: Applications should consist of a letter by the applicant describing the project and plan of research, and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be submitted to Prof. Joseph F. Patrouch, Director, Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, Arts 300, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2E6.