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Humboldt Exchange Fellowship
This fellowship will enable students to study at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin for the 2021-2022 academic year (October through July). The fellowship carries a monthly stipend of 900 euros. 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.
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.
All application materials should be sent to Keeley Boerman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 255-4047), Department of German Studies, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University on or before March 15, 2021.
Cornell-Heidelberg Exchange Fellowships
Two Exchange Fellowships for study at the University of Heidelberg cover tuition and fees plus provide a monthly stipend of 900 euros 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 through 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 are not available to exchange students and some courses in biosciences may be restricted. 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 a 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 Keeley Boerman email@example.com) to request the application form.
Students interested in the exchange can find extensive information online at www.uni-heidelberg.de/international-exchange
DEADLINE: All Application material to Keeley Boerman, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall on or before March 15, 2021.
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 2021-22.
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 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 a 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 Patrizia C. McBride (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
DEADLINE: All application material should be sent to Keeley Boerman (255-4047, email@example.com) 183 Goldwin Smith Hall on or before March 15, 2021.
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/
APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR DAAD/CORNELL EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2021-2022
APPLICATIONS are now invited for DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service ( www.daad.org ) Graduate Scholarship for the Academic Year 2021-2022. The Graduate Scholarships enable students to study at a German university (Study Scholarships) or to work on a research project in Germany (Long-Term Research Grants). DAAD fellowships include monthly stipends ranging from 750 euros to 1,000 euros, health insurance and travel stipend.
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 degree at a German university (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine).
DAAD offers the following Graduate Scholarships. Please click below to see the general application guidelines/checklist:
· STUDY SCHOLARSHIPS are available to highly qualified final year undergraduate students for a full master's degree program at a German university, or for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree program completed in the home country.
· LONG-TERM RESEARCH GRANTS are available to highly qualified candidates who have completed a Master's degree, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree, at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research in Germany.
*Please see the DAAD website for the specific guidelines of the grant you are applying for.
In general, applicants should be US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents. 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.
Applicants submit all requested documents via the Online Portal, except for the reference form which is available to professors on the DAAD portal. Applicants will receive a PDF version of their completed application summary.
- SUBMIT: one set of the application summary and one original signed reference form in a sealed envelope addressed to Keeley Boerman, Department of German Studies, 183 Goldwin Smith Hall.
- DEADLINE: 3rd week of October
Our department deadline is earlier than the dates posted on the DAAD website. Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Your application is only complete when both your electronic application via the online portal and the hard copy of the reference have been received by the Cornell German Department.
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
Win up to $500 with an essay on any topic connected with German literature or culture (10-20 pages in German or English)
Win up to $250 with an essay on any topic connected with German literature or culture (7-15 pages in German or English)
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 and real identities will not be shared with readers until winners are selected. Please submit essays in an attachment via email, listing only your class (freshman, sophomore, etc.) and assumed name on the essay itself. 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. Essays that have been accepted for publication or have already been published will not be considered.