BackgroundIn 1984, a group of Americans and Austrians interested in fostering closer relations between the United States and Austria established The American Austrian Foundation (AAF). The AAF has grown from a bilateral initiative to a multilateral, international institution partnering with non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), governments and individuals, directed by committed board members in the United States and Austria.
The American Austrian Foundation seeks to bridge the knowledge gap by providing qualified individuals with fellowships to pursue postgraduate education in medicine, media and the arts.
The AAF's fellowship programs, initially offered to Americans and Austrians, now include participants from more than 100 countries worldwide. The AAF conducts its own programs and oversees joint programs with American, Austrian and international organizations.
To facilitate the operation of programs in Austria, the Friends of the American Austrian Foundation founded The Salzburg Stiftung of the AAF in 1995 and the Vienna Chapter of the AAF in 2002.