Welcome to the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation


Pictured above from left, Edward Amoah, Daniel Adofo, Terry Kline, Caleb Musekiwa and Emmy Muhoza at the Botstiber Scholars at Penn State Welcome Reception, Old Main, Penn State University, August 10, 2016.

The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation is a US 501(c)(3) private foundation serving four distinct purposes:

  1. The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (BIAAS) promotes an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria, including Habsburg Austria. The Institute awards fellowships and grants for scholarly research in history, politics, economics, law, and cultural studies. The Institute provides other fellowship opportunities through the American Educational Commission (the “Fulbright-Botstiber Fellowships”) and the Central European University. The Institute sponsors programs and soon will publish the Journal of Austrian-American History highlighting the work of grant recipients.
  1.  The Botstiber Scholars Program at Penn State provides scholarships to sub-Saharan African students of good moral character studying in the fields of science, technology and commerce, who wish to return to their home countries after graduation to use their education to improve their communities. Scholars enjoy a stimulating academic environment, friendly social atmosphere and regular leadership seminars throughout the semester.
  1. Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control promotes humane, non-lethal fertility control methods in wildlife population management. The Institute provides grants and fellowships to support research projects relating to wildlife fertility control. The Institue sponsors and holds public programs and campaigns to increase public awareness of wildlife management science.

 In partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, the Institute hosts   international conferences, workshops and symposiums for researchers and scientists to  present and exchange latest findings.


Upcoming Events

Announcing the 2017 Botstiber Lecture

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Heinz Fischer, President of Austria from 2004 through 2016, will present the annual Botstiber Lecture on June 2, 2017, at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. Open to the public, the event will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

The title of his lecture is “Austria 1918–2018.”

The lecture is sponsored by the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies. The institute promotes an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria, including Habsburg Austria, by awarding grants and fellowships, organizing lectures and conferences, and publishing the "Journal of Austrian-American History".

Friday, June 2, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Embassy of Austria, 3542 International Court NW, Washington, DC 20008.
Admission is FREE, but please register at the following location:

The Botstiber Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, except for grant requests to the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies.

The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation • 200 E. State Street • Suite 306-A • Media, Pennsylvania 19063