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Humboldt Exchange Fellowship

This fellowship will enable students to study at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for the 2017-2018 academic year (October through July). The fellowship carries a monthly stipend of €800. The Department of German Studies at Cornell will provide an additional stipend to assist with fees and other costs while in Germany. Fellows may be expected to carry out modest RA duties to be determined in consultation with our faculty contact at the Humboldt University.

The graduate exchange fellowship to Humboldt is primarily reserved for advanced graduate students who are ready to embark on their dissertation research.  Applications should include a CV, project outline and/or rationale for study abroad, transcript and two letters of recommendation from professors in the student's field. 

The deadline is March 15, 2017.

Applications are solicited from graduate students working in the field of German Studies at Cornell University. Graduate students from the Department of German Studies are given priority.  Application materials should be sent to Miriam Zubal (mz17@cornell.edu), Department of German Studies, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University (255-4047).

Cornell-Heidelberg Exchange Fellowships

Two Exchange Fellowships for study at the University of Heidelberg/Germany cover tuition and fees plus a monthly stipend of 700 Euro for ten months.  In addition, the University of Heidelberg will cover the fees for a preparatory language course beginning in September (participants will receive an additional monthly stipend) and, if desired, for a language course (4 hrs per week) that is offered throughout the academic year.

The German academic year customarily runs from mid October to mid July with a two month break from mid-February to mid-April between semesters.

The competition is open to graduating seniors and current graduate students, from all academic units in the university.  Courses in medicine and law are not available to exchange students.  Some courses in biosciences are restricted, contact Patrizia McBride (pcm29@cornell.edu) for more information.  Applicants must have a good knowledge of the German language (e.g. advanced/B2 level) by the beginning of the German academic year in October.

Application material must include CV (complete with local address, telephone number and e-mail address), transcript, a rationale for study at the University of Heidelberg (circa 1-2 pages, single-spaced), one letter of recommendation from a professor in the student’s field, and the completed application form.  Contact  Miriam Zubal (mz17@cornell.edu) to request the application form.  Please contact Patrizia McBride, pcm29@cornell.edu, with any questions.

Students interested in the exchange can find extensive information online at  www.uni-heidelberg.de/international-exchange

DEADLINE:  All Application material to Miriam Zubal, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall on or before March 15, 2017.

Cornell-Cologne Humanities Graduate Student Exchange Fellowship

Cornell’s Institute for German Cultural Studies (IGCS) is pleased to solicit applications for our graduate student exchange with the University of Cologne for the AY 2017-18.

The competition is open to current graduate students in the Humanities with a good knowledge of the German language (e.g. advanced/B2 level) who could benefit from a semester or a year researching in Cologne. 

As part of the exchange, Cornell students receive 1,000 euros per month from Cologne for up to 10 months: we can send either one 1 graduate student for the full 10 months, or 2 graduate students for 5 months each (it can be the same semester). 

In your application, please indicate if you are applying for one or two semesters. If for one, please say for which term; if for two, please indicate if one semester would also suffice. (Note: The German academic year runs from mid October to mid July with a two month break from mid February to mid April between semesters.)

Application materials must include CV (complete with local address, telephone number and e-mail address), a clear and detailed rationale for study at the University of Cologne and/or its local archives (circa 1-2 pages, single-spaced), one letter of recommendation from a professor in the student’s field, and a brief statement of support for the time in Cologne from the special committee chair. Please contact Professor Paul Fleming (pf239@cornell.edu) with any questions.

DEADLINE:  All application material should be sent to Miriam Zubal (255-4047, mz17@cornell.edu) 183 Goldwin Smith Hall on or before March 15, 2017.

Our exchange partner is Cologne University’s Humanities graduate school, a.r.t.e.s. (part of Cologne being awarded an “Exzellenz” status among German universities). For more information on a.r.t.e.s., please visit: http://artes.phil-fak.uni-koeln.de/

DAAD

Applications are now invited for DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowships for the Academic Year 2017-2018 DAAD fellowships carry tuition and fees, monthly stipends ranging roughly from Euro 750 to Euro 1,000, and a stipend to defray travel costs.  The fellowships enable students to study at a German university (Study Scholarships) or to work on a research project in Germany (Research Grants). The competition is open to graduating seniors, graduate students and recent PhDs, and post-doctoral researchers from all schools and colleges in the university except completion of a clinical science degrees at a German university (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine).

Research Grant Applicants should establish contact with their intended host university as early as possible and secure a letter of invitation or welcome. This letter will become part of the application package. Please note that "your application will be greatly advantaged if you can provide evidence of any existing contact, or attempt at establishing contact, with academics at your chosen German host institution." (DAAD guidelines).  Also note that "applicants in the humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German." (DAAD guidelines)

In general, applicants should be US or Canadian citizens. However, foreign nationals are eligible if they have been full-time students at a US or Canadian university for more than one year at the time of application.  German nationals must have been affiliated full-time with a US or Canadian institution for at least six years.  All foreign nationals must contact DAAD New York, daadny@daad.org, before applying to determine their eligibility status.

Please see the DAAD website for the exact guidelines of the particular grant you are applying for.

Applicants are requested to register with the Online Application Portal prior to making an application. Applicants should upload their completed application form and all mandatory documents, except the letters of recommendation. Once applicants upload all items, a summary of the application will be sent to applicants in PDF format.

Submit A TOTAL OF FOUR SETS of the summary along with the original letter of recommendation in a sealed envelope to Miriam Zubal, Department of German Studies, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall. 

  • DEADLINE: - Monday, October 24, 2016 (noon) this is an earlier deadline than what's posted on DAAD website necessary for our pre-selection committee. *Applicants interested in Performing and Visual Arts need to submit their material directly to the DAAD in Bonn, Germany. Please refer to the website for complete instructions. 
  • Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. As the portal will be closed at 11 PM Central European Time on November 4, 2016, applicants are advised to start the application process at least a week before the deadline. Our department deadline is earlier than the dates posted on the DAAD website. Your application is only complete when both your electronic application and the paper version have been received by the DAAD. Paper applications will be mailed to the DAAD by the Department of German Studies. 
  • Collate, but DO NOT STAPLE, each item of the application in the order listed on the Application Checklist.

Study Scholarship:

(ONLY for Master's Degree program in Germany or as part of Master's program in US) 
Click here to view APPLICATION CHECKLIST for Study Scholarship

Research Grant:

(Research/Independent Study) 
Click here to view APPLICATION CHECKLIST for Research Grant

QUESTIONS?  Contact Miriam Zubal (mz17@cornell.edu; 255-4047) or Anette Schwarz (as163@cornell.edu

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates selected by the Cornell Selection Committee will be entered into the national competition and evaluated by DAAD appointed international selection committee. Their decisions are binding and no reasons for decisions will be given. 

Goethe Essay Prize

Graduate Students:

Win up to $500 with an essay on any topic connected with German literature or culture (10-20 pages in German or English)

Juniors, Seniors:

Win up to $250 with an essay on any topic connected with German literature or culture (7-15 pages in German or English)

Freshmen, Sophomores:

Win up to $250 with an essay on any topic connected with German literature or culture (5-10 pages in German or English).

The Goethe Prize, endowed in 1935 by Ludwig Vogelstein, is awarded annually for the best essay.  The committee may award a first prize in each category, and possibly a second prize.

Essays should be submitted under an assumed name, but the author must indicate class (freshman, sophomore, etc.) on the essay and submit a sealed envelope containing his/her identity, student ID number, and local address and telephone.  Each student may enter only one essay; former prize winners are not eligible, except that winners in the freshman/sophomore and junior/senior competition may enter the graduate competition when they have advanced to that status.

  • Deadline: Noon, April 15
  • Submit to: College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, 147 Goldwin Smith Hall
  • For further information, contact Miriam Zubal, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall, 255-4047, mz17@cornell.edu