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How To Apply


Qualified young conductors who have recently finished their academic studies or who are working toward graduate diplomas in conducting at top-ranking American music schools, up to the age of 30, may apply.

Proficiency in English is required; working knowledge of German is desirable. Non-US citizens are welcome to apply, as long as you are a student or recent graduate of an American art program. Please note that if a non-US citizen is selected, the AAF is not responsible for fees associated with acquiring the necessary visa, etc.

Application Process & Deadlines

Please submit the following documents (if possible in electronic form) to the AAF

  • Completed application form (see downloads), including digitally inserted recent photo
  • Two letters of recommendation (the author of the letter of recommendation must email the letter directly to
  • Current résumé/CV, detailing educational background and conducting experience
  • One-page essay describing your objectives during the fellowship
  • A DVD, CD or USB drive of conducting excerpts, along with a detailed listing, must be mailed to the office. You may also send links via email, but applications without a physical DVD, CD or USB drive will not be eligible for consideration

The deadline for applications is 5:00pm EST on APRIL 9, 2021.

Mailing address:

The American Austrian Foundation, Inc.
ATTN: The AAF Young Conductors Fellowship
c/o UniCredit Group
150 East 42nd Street
28th Floor
New York, NY 10017


This program is operated by the AAF and funded by AAF Trustee Karl Heinz Faber. The fellowship includes a $1,500 travel reimbursement, accommodation at Schloss Arenberg, and a small stipend. Program dates are mid-July to August 2021.

For more details about the Salzburg Festival, please visit their website

Within one month of completing the fellowship, each fellow is required to send a final report to the AAF