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DAAD Awarded the 2016 IIE Europe Award for Excellence

Call for Papers: German Studies Association Annual Conference

DAAD Conference Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Centers for German and European Studies

Deadline Reminders for Undergraduate Scholarship and RISE Programs



December 12, 2016

DAAD Awarded the 2016 IIE Europe Award for Excellence

L to R: IIE's Nora Nemeth, Benedikt Brisch of DAAD and IIE's Mark Lazar

The Institute of International Education's European Office has announced DAAD as the recipient of the 2016 IIE Europe Award for Excellence in recognition of its accomplishments in the internationalization of higher education. As a German institution in Europe, DAAD contributes to shaping the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area, and promotes European interests throughout the world.

“IIE's relationship with DAAD goes back to their establishment over 90 years ago with 13 fellowships from our organization. We are deeply honored to continue partnering with them to advance international exchange around the globe,” explains Mark Lazar, Vice President for Global Scholarship and Learning Programs and former director of IIE Europe. The two organizations collaborate on a number of projects including STEM Exchange, Best Practices Conferences, joint publications, and emergency student scholarships to assist refugee students from Syria. The German Academic Exchange Service is also a country partner for Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

“The great honor of receiving this award encourages us even more to continue the mission and work of the German Academic Exchange Service. International academic mobility supports excellence and opens minds. Our changing world today more than ever demands well prepared scientists, leaders and citizens, whose mindsets include global social responsibility,” said Benedikt Brisch, Head of Division, Scholarships, Northern Hemisphere, DAAD.

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Call for Papers: German Studies Association Annual Conference

The German Studies Association (GSA) will hold its 41st Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on October 5-8, 2017. The Program Committee cordially invites all GSA members to submit proposals on any aspect of German, Austrian, or Swiss studies, including (but not limited to) history, Germanistik, film, art history, political science, anthropology, musicology, religious studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

Proposals for entire sessions, for interdisciplinary presentations, and for series of panels are strongly encouraged. Individual paper proposals are also welcome. Please see the GSA website for information about the submission process for ‘traditional’ papers, sessions, and roundtables, which will open on January 5, 2017. All proposals must be submitted online by February 15, 2017.

For more information, visit the GSA website, where previous conference programs and a detailed list of submission guidelines may be found, or contact members of the 2017 Program Committee:

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DAAD Conference Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Centers for German and European Studies

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Centers for German and European Studies, DAAD brought together more than 100 German and European experts from 14 countries at an international conference titled “Coalescence or Collapse? Challenges for German and European Studies in the 21st Century” at Georgetown University in Washington, DC on December 8-10.

Together with Dr. Peter Wittig, the German Ambassador to the US, and the Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Dr. Joel S. Hellman, DAAD President Margret Wintermantel opened the conference, noting how the Centers have developed over the last 25 year into outstanding institutions of research with strong networks uniting science, politics and the greater public.

High-level guests participated in podium discussions on the consequences of current political developments like Brexit and the American presidential election for Germany and Europe. Iinterdisciplinary specialist panels focused on Germany's role in a changing Europe and the future of German and European studies as a discipline. In addition, young scientists from eleven countries presented their current research projects. The conference concluded with a discussion on "Quo Vadis Germany? Quo Vadis Europe?" moderated by DAAD's Deputy General Secretary Ulrich Grothus at the German Historical Institute on December 10th.

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Deadline Reminders for Undergraduate Scholarship and RISE Programs

Undergraduate Scholarships:
DAAD invites highly qualified undergraduate students to apply for scholarships to fund study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year. The deadline for applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2017. Please visit for more info or contact Ms. Stefanie Gruber-Sliva at

RISE Germany and RISE Professional:
Science and engineering students interested in gaining serious practical experience in Germany are encouraged to apply for our RISE programs. RISE Germany (for undergrads) and RISE Professional (mainly for grad students) prepare students to meet the growing demand for international experience in business and industry. Applications for RISE Germany must be submitted online by January 15, 2017, and the deadline for RISE Professional is January 31st. Please refer to the program website for more details on the application process.
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