scholarships for the european forum alpbach

2019 Applications are open

until the 20th of march

More information 

​Every year Club Alpbach Brussels awards scholarships to people residing in Belgium who wish to participate in an international exchange of ideas with politicians, scientists, nobel prize winners, movement builders, artists and many more! 

We are delighted to invite you to apply for a scholarship to attend this year’s European Forum Alpbach from August 15 to August 31, 2019, held in the village of Alpbach in the Austrian Alps.


The Forum

The European Forum Alpbach is an annual conference in the Austrian Alps that has been attracting world leading thinkers and practitioners since 1945: economist Friedrich Hayek, physicist Erwin Schrödinger and philosopher Theodor Adorno attended regularly, as have more recently UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and economist Jeffrey Sachs.

Every year, about 4,000 participants from over 60 countries meet to discuss emerging trends in eight broad fields: European and international politics, technology, economics, law, financial markets, public health, higher education, as well as architecture and urban planning. Each of these fields has a dedicated "symposium" in the conference schedule.

All of the events, however, are united by a loose, overarching theme: in 2018, the European Forum Alpbach addressed questions on “Diversity & Resilience”. This year the theme will be on "Liberty and Security". The detailed conference programme ispublished on the official website of the forum: Note that almost all of the Forum's events are conducted in English and there is no requirement to speak German.

Our offer

Our scholarship covers the entire conference fee (1,400€).


While we do not cover costs for accommodation, we have pre-reserved affordable accommodation in the centre of Alpbach.


Travel costs and meals are not included.

Successful applicants will be invited to a scholarship award ceremony in June 2019.

Selection Criteria 

  • Student and recent graduates under 30 who study or work in Belgium.

  • Austrians are not eligible to apply. Austrian applicants should refer to one of the Austrian Clubs (Forum Alpbach Network).

  • Ideally you are planning to be in Belgium from September 2019 onwards as we are hoping our scholarship holders will remain invested in the social life of the Club. However, this is not a mandatory requirement to apply.

  • Please note that we require our scholarship holders to attend the entirety of the forum (from the 14th of August until the 30th). Thus, only apply if you are available for the whole period. 

  • Quality of cover letter

  • Proven proficiency in English 

  • Demonstration of engagement and academic performance (in the CV and cover letter)

  • Professional experience, extra-curricular activities etc...

How to apply

  • Fill in the google form 

  • Upload your CV and Cover letter on the google form

  • The application will be reviewed by the Club Alpbach Board who will act as selection committee. 

  • The application deadline is the 20th of March, 2018 at 23.59 CET.

  • We will contact you in April with feedback on the success of your application.

  • If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

If you fancy giving your summer a social and intellectual boost at 1,000 meters above sea level, then send us your application by the 1st of March, 2018!

We look forward to hearing from you!


Check the European Forum Alpbach website.

Browse this website which contains a lot of useful information for writing your cover letter

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