The OEAI has field offices in Krems, Cairo, Athens and Ephesos. These support Austrian field and research work in the respective regions and conduct independent basic research. Due to their local cooperation and the organisation of public events, such as international summer schools, lectures or scientific events, the field offices are important multipliers for the scientific activities of the entire institute and the OeAW abroad.

OeAW research fellowships for trainees and postdocs at the field offices serve to promote young Austrian researchers and maintain contacts in the respective regions.