Award Opportunities

We are among a small number of colleges with special prestigious DAAD Annual Study Grants for graduating seniors, grants designed for students committed to pursuing graduate school not only in German area studies but, moreover, a professional career in science, foreign service, politics, business, or law.

All awards and prizes are listed on students' transcripts.

Competitive Awards

The German Studies Department invites applications for the Evelyn Finkbeiner Fellowship for Study Abroad and Internships from students planning to study or engage in internships through an accredited program in Germany for the year, semester, or summer. The Fellowship is to be awarded to one or more students who demonstrate academic excellence in German studies or a related field. Financial need may also be taken into consideration. Preference is given to students who are currently studying German or will study or intern for the year/semester/summer in a German-speaking country. The fellowship is open to rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores only. Students who are currently seniors are not eligible to apply.

Application Requirements:

  1. A one-page, double-spaced statement explaining how the Fellowship will support academic plans for study or internships in Germany and how these plans will further your overall academic and career goals.
  2. An up-to-date unofficial transcript.
  3. Information on other funding available for study abroad or internships, confirmed or anticipated.
  4. Tentative budget of anticipated expenses related to your program in Germany.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020 by 9 am

Please send your application materials as an attachment to

Please direct any questions to Professor Mark Lauer, Faculty Coordinator (

National Awards for Seniors

DAAD Annual Study Grant
German Studies majors and minors often make excellent candidates for the DAAD (Deutscher Academischer Austauch Dienst) Study Grant – a grant that funds one year of postgraduate study or independent research in Germany.

Study Scholarships are available to highly academically qualified graduating seniors and recent graduates from all disciplines (except medicine) and of all citizenships. The Study Scholarship is for 10 months and must take place during the German academic year (from October 1–July 31) immediately following graduation (for candidates applying as college seniors). An extension of up to one year may be available for Master's degrees that are longer than one year.  The scholarship includes a monthly stipend of approximately €750, health insurance, a flat rate subsidy for travel costs, and a limited rent subsidy.  

Fulbright US Student Program
Available to US citizens only, the Fulbright US Student Program offers grants for independent research, pursuit of a one-year master’s program, or assistant-teaching English in Germany and in many other countries outside of the US.  Fulbright also offers a Research Grant for Beginning Professional Journalists in Germany. The grantee will spend the first few months studying and conducting independent research, followed by one or more internships or guest journalist positions at German newspapers, publishers, or television and radio stations. All Journalism areas, including photo, print, and broadcast journalism, as well as electronic media, will be considered. Read here about Fulbright grant opportunities specific to Germany

Our students have also received other major national awards, e.g. Berlin Parliamentary Internships, Fulbright/PAD, Atlantik-Brücke, and Congress/Bundestag Fellowships for Young Professionals; and Émigréé Parliamentary Internships, highly competitive programs, all of which combine graduate study and pre-professional internship experience.  We also host German Studies Alumnae Symposia on every two years, which will provide you with the opportunity to connect with- and talk to successful alumnae of the German Studies Department working in a variety of professional fields.

Other Fellowships
Other national fellowships that may interest German Studies students are listed here. Interested? Contact National Fellowships Advisor Ryan Lewis (

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 Award of $1000.00 is awarded to a undergraduate student who is planning to study abroad in Germany, normally to a student who is planning to study abroad for a year at our exchange university in Leipzig.  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.