Award Opportunities

All awards and prizes are listed on students' transcripts.

Competitive Awards

Study Abroad Exchange Fellowships are available to qualified sophomores for a year of study at one of the universities (Bonn or Leipzig) with which Mount Holyoke maintains a direct exchange relationship.  Priority for the exchange fellowships is given to students who receive financial aid from Mount Holyoke and are declared German studies majors. Students selected for the exchanges pay no tuition, receive a stipend from the university to cover basic living expenses and, if they are sophomores, one of the Barrett Travel awards (see below). Students must complete the separate Laurel Fellowship application form by the first week of December and submit it to the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.  In order to qualify for the exchange fellowships or to study at one of the exchange universities, applicants must have taken German each semester prior to going abroad.

The Evelyn Finkbeiner Fellowship Award For Study Abroad is presented to a German Studies major or majors planning to study in Germany for the entire academic year.  The amount of the award normally ranges from $2000.00 to $9000.00. According to the guidelines set by Evelyn Finkbeiner (MHC '42), students are chosen on the basis of "academic excellence, but the Department will also take financial need into consideration."  Applicants are requested to submit the following materials to the Department of German Studies: 1. an up-to-date transcript (in-home, “unofficial” suffices); 2. information on other funding available to them for study abroad; 3. a short statement in German explaining how the fellowship will support and foster their academic plans for study in Germany.  (DEADLINE: in March; specific deadline date will be announced). For further information, please contact: Karen Remmler, Chair; Department of German Studies; email:

Honors and Prizes

Delta Phi Alpha (National German Honor Society) seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for continuing scholarly work. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and contribute to the search for peace and truth.  Senior German studies majors with an overall grade point average of B+ and an average of at least A- in German studies courses are elected annually to membership in Delta Phi Alpha.  Special consideration will be given to students who are writing a thesis in the department even if their overall G.P.A. is lower than B+.

Edeltraut P. Barrett Travel Awards of $1000.00 each are awarded to three undergraduate students on financial aid planning to study abroad in Germany, normally to the students who have been selected as recipients of the "Study Abroad Exchange Fellowships" or who are planning to study abroad for a year at one of our exchange universities: the University of Bonn, Leipzig, or Potsdam.  The award is meant "to cover round trip travel expenses from the United States to [the student's] study abroad program" location.

Edeltraut P. Barrett Memorial Prize for excellence in German studies is awarded annually to one or more seniors based on: 1) grade point average, both the overall average and the average in major courses;  2) the academic commitment made by the student in achieving her German studies major, as evidenced in her program planning;  3) the commitment to German studies as evidenced by a commitment to academic work in disciplines other than German studies (such as history, politics, economics related to Germany); and 4) commitment to the field through extra-curricular activity, including such things as internships and career exploration projects.

Consul General Award for excellence in the study of the German language is awarded annually to one or more seniors.

Federal Republic of Germany Book Prizes for excellence in German are awarded annually to seniors, juniors, sophomores and first-year students.


Read more about German Studies internships from MHC's Career Development Center.