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WHAT IS THE CORONA EMERGENCY FUND?

The corona emergency fund was created by the Austrian Students Union (ÖH) to help those affected by the current crisis. If you are in financial hardship as a result of the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have the opportunity to receive a subsidy in the form of a one-off payment.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO RECEIVE FUNDING?

You can apply by the 31th of March at the latest if you suffer through temporary financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This could be the case if you or your parents have lost their job(s) or sudden, unexpected payments occured. Additionally, you must provide a proof of performance from your academic institution.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

You can only apply using the online form HERE, forms delivered by email can’t be processed.
Die Antragstellung ist ausschließlich über das Onlineformular möglich. Anträge per Mail werden nicht entgegengenommen.

To apply, please download the corona funds application form (PDF) and sign the document on page 3 and 6. You can either sing it by hand and upload a copy to the corresponding section of the online application form afterwards (as PDF!), or save it to your phone and sign it via mobile phone signature (must include a visible signature block!). After adding the mobile phone signature , you can save the file as PDF and upload it to the online form.

If neither is an option, you can copy the three passages printed on page 6 of the application form (written in bold letters and starting with “I...”) onto an empty sheet of paper and sign it. Afterwards, scan/ take a picture of the signed agreement and upload it to the “further documents” section of the online application form.

To find out which necessary documents are required, please take a look at the sections of the online application form. Antragsformular aufgelistet und entsprechend in die untenstehenden Felder hochzuladen.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS MY APPLICATION?

The processing period can take up to several weeks. Please understand that we are unable to answer questions about the status of your application during the processing period. As soon as we came to a decision, we will send you the results per mail. Please also check your Spam-Inbox.

CAN I APPLY IF I ALREADY RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE ÖH?

If you have already received financial aid from the social fund of the Federal Austrian Students Union (ÖH) or some subsidy from the ÖH at your personal academic institution during the last year, you are not eligible to apply.
However, this only applies if the previous application has been accepted. In instances where past requests have been denied, submission is still possible.

WHY HAS MY APPLICATION BEEN DECLINED?

Requests will be rejected if the application form was incomplete or the conditions set in the present guidelines were not fulfilled.

CAN I REAPPLY AFTER MY APPLICATION GOT REJECTED?

Reapplication is possible if the application was incomplete or if your financial situation has changed since the previous submission of your request.

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?

If you have more detailed questions that weren’t answered by the FAQs, contact us via email at: coronafonds@oeh.ac.at. Please do not inquire information about the status of your application - you will receive the results as soon as processing is done.

HOW CAN I CREATE/ EDIT AN PDF FILE FOR THE UPLOAD OF THE APPLICATION FORM?

Windows:
A great tool is the PDF24 Creator
https://tools.pdf24.org/en/creator

Mac:
You can transform every file into an PDF by “printing” them. Afterwards, you can merge the PDF files in the “Preview” image viewer.
https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202945

Android:
The CamScanner App, for instance (the free version is sufficient)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intsig.camscanner

Linux and other operating systems:
You can open, edit and merge PDF files with the current version of LibreOffice Draw.

CAN THIRD-COUNTRY STUDENTS APPLY?

Yes, all third-country students that are currently enrolled at an Austrian university can apply.

CAN I WRITE THE “REASONS FOR APPLICATION” IN ENGLISH?

Yes.

WHAT SHOULD I DO, IF I DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS?

We need all necessary documents that can verify your financial situation. If you currently don’t have access to the required documents, write an detailed account explaining your situation under the item “reasons for application” in the application form.