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Four DAAD Alumni Receive the 2016 Leibniz Prize

Germany Today Deadline Approaching

Webinar on TestAS and TestDaF

Full Scholarships Available for Master in American Studies

GAIN Offering Summer Internship in NYC


March 4, 2016

Four DAAD Alumni Receive the 2016 Leibniz Prize

Clockwise from top left: Frank Bradke, Christoph Möllers, Marina Rodnina, Bénédicte Savoy
Photos: DFG / Ausserhofer

The German Research Foundation’s 2016 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize was awarded in Berlin this week. Four of the ten recipients are former DAAD alumni, whose grants were a significant milestone on their respective career paths:

Prof. Marina Rodnina is honored for her contributions to the understanding of the function of ribosomes. A DAAD grant enabled her to come to the United States in 2004 to collaborate with colleagues from Yale University.
Prof. Bénédicte Savoy earned a reputation in both Germany and France for her innovative approach to the connected art history of these two countries, as seen in her dissertation on art theft in Germany during the Napoleonic Occupation. In 1994, she carried out part of her German Studies degree in Berlin with a DAAD scholarship.
Prof. Frank Bradke is honored for his work in the field of regenerative neurobiology. From 1993 to 1994, he studied at University College London with a yearlong stipend from DAAD.
Prof. Christoph Möllers received the Leibniz Prize for his contributions to constitutional law. He obtained his master’s degree in law from the University of Chicago Law School in 1995 with support from DAAD.

DAAD President Prof. Margret Wintermantel congratulated the award winners and remarked that this distinction shows how important early and continuous support is in the development of leading scientists. The Leibniz Prize awards 2.5 million euros to each recipient for future research projects. For more information, view the full press release here.

Germany Today Deadline Approaching

DAAD invites representatives from universities, research institutions, and funding agencies in the United States and Canada, as well as colleagues from the fields of education policy and politics to participate in the 2016 “Germany Today” Information Tour. With the theme German Higher Education Institutions and Their Training Strategies for a Changing Employment Market, this year’s tour will focus on initiatives to develop professional opportunities at a national and international level while providing an overview of Germany’s higher education landscape. Funding opportunities, internationalization strategies, and the potential for co-operation between German and North American institutions will also be discussed.

Participants will visit institutions in Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Darmstadt and Bonn to engage in active discussion, gain new professional perspectives and share their own expertise. The information tour will take place June 12 – 18, and all program-related costs in Germany (accommodation, domestic travel, most meals) will be covered by DAAD.

Applications must be received by March 14, 2016. For further information, please visit the program site here or contact Ms. Uta Gaedeke at DAAD’s New York Office at 212-758-3223 x209 or at

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Webinar on TestAS and TestDaF

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Are you planning to take the Test for Academic Studies (TestAS) or Test für Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF) soon? Do you have questions about the test? If so, this webinar offered by Study in Germany gives you the chance to get answers to any questions you may have directly from the experts at g.a.s.t. - Gesellschaft für Akademische Studienvorbereitung und Testentwicklung e.V.

The webinar will run from 10 am to 11:30 am EST on Thursday, March 10th.

For more information on the webinar and to learn how to take part, please visit the Study in Germany website at:

Full Scholarships Available for Master in American Studies

The Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at Heidelberg University, Germany, offers full scholarships for the Master of Arts in American Studies (MAS) program. The MAS is a three semester interdisciplinary program taught in English and aimed at graduate students (Performance-related two-semester fast-track-option available). It offers inside knowledge of the United States from an outside perspective.

Scholarships cover the full MAS tuition and a monthly stipend of 660 EURO. They are available to students of different backgrounds:
• The Curt Engelhorn Scholarship for an outstanding student.
• The Heidemarie Engelhorn Scholarship for an outstanding student.
• The Wild Scholarship for an outstanding international student.
• The Wild Scholarship for an outstanding Eastern European student.
• The Wild Scholarship for an outstanding North American student.
• The Ray and Elfie Carrell Scholarship for an outstanding student.

To apply for an HCA Scholarship, please fill in the corresponding part in the MAS application form and have another signed reference letter in a sealed envelope sent in by your supporter. Further information on the Heidelberg Center and its MAS program, as well as the online application are available at Application deadline: March 31, 2016.

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GAIN Offering Summer Internship in NYC

DAAD is currently accepting applications for a summer internship with the German Academic International Network (GAIN) at our New York office. The internship will start in May or June and end on September 15, 2016.

The internship involves assisting with organizing the 16th Annual GAIN Conference of German Researchers - the largest forum for German PhD students, postdocs, and professors working in North America. A significant portion of the conference consists of a large career fair with over 60 exhibitors from all areas of the German research landscape. Duties will entail a wide spectrum of tasks from helping with administrative matters to communication with clients, as well as strategic organizational and planning activities, depending on the needs of GAIN.

Applications are due by March 15, 2016. To apply, please send your CV and a motivation letter in English or German with the subject line “GAIN Internship 2016” to: Gerrit Roessler, GAIN Program Director at For a full internship description, please click here.
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