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How to Apply


  • Successful participation in an OMI Observership
  • MDs with a documented academic interest (teaching experience, publications, research projects etc.)
  • Employment as a Medical Doctor in your home country
  • Fluency in English • German language skills are recommended

Application Process

Please send the application form and requested documents via email to

Your Observership application must include the following documents:

  • An essay (2-4 pages) stating your interest and aims for the Research Observership which should include the following aspects:
    - the research project you would like to focus on
    - the research methods you would like to learn
    - possible collaborations between your institution and the research institution in Austria
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) with a recent photo (photo size 2 x 2 inch or 3.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • A list of publications and other scientific presentations
  • completed application form (see downloads below)
  • two letters of recommendation signed by senior faculty members, who work with you and support the research objectives
  • a copy of your medical license and diploma (proof that you are employed as a medical doctor in your country) – if the medical license and diploma is not in English or German, you are required to submit a certified translation of both documents

If any of these documents are missing, your application is incomplete and will not be considered. Please follow the instructions carefully and save the confirmation email which will be sent to you once the AAF has received and checked your application – it means that you are on the waiting list for an observership. You will be informed by the AAF team as soon as there is a place available.

If any of your data changes (name, address, job, etc.) please update your profile at


A Research Observership is a 3-month educational program that offers basic biomedical and clinical research skills training in Austria’s leading medical research institutions.

The AAF provides accommodation and pocket money for the duration of the stay and covers certain travel costs.

In order to receive a certification, observers must submit a comprehensive Final Report addressing their research activities and accomplishments during their stay in Austria.