October 17, 2016
DAAD and German Foreign Office Promote Peace in Colombia with new Peace Institute in Bogota
DAAD is sponsoring the establishment of a German-Colombian Peace Institute (DKFI) at the largest state university in Colombia, the Universidad Nacional, in cooperation with universities throughout the country. For a period of ten years, the DKFI will be funded by the German Foreign Office as part of its cultural and education policy. It will be integrated into a growing network of German and Colombian institutions.
The Peace Institute will serve as a research, study and counseling institution, and provide expertise on important questions of historical reconstruction, conflict prevention and the design of a post-conflict society. DAAD President Margret Wintermantel notes that Colombia is on a long path toward achieving lasting peace, which DAAD supports in the form of research and education. After a competitive selection process, a consortium led by the Justus Liebig University of Giessen was commissioned by an independent expert commission to establish the Institute.
DAAD/GSA Best Book and Article Prizes
The DAAD is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 DAAD/GSA Best Book and Article Prizes awarded on September 30, 2016 at the 40th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in San Diego, CA:
Matt Erlin (Chair, Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis) is the winner of this year's prize for the best book in Germanistik or Cultural Studies published during the years 2014 or 2015. His book Necessary Luxuries: Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770-1815 was published in the Signale series by Cornell University Press in 2014. The Book Prize Committee was chaired by Kristin Kopp (University of Missouri, Columbia) and included Rachel Halverson (Washington State University) and Brent Peterson (Lawrence University).
George S. Williamson (Dept. of History, Florida State University) was awarded this year's prize for the best article in the fields of History or Social Sciences published in the German Studies Review during 2014 or 2015. His article Thought Is in Itself a Dangerous Operation: The Campaign Against Revolutionary Machinations in Germany, 1819-1828 appeared in the GSR, Vol. 38 [No. 2], May 2015. The Article Prize Committee was chaired by Jared Poley (Georgia State University) and included Margarete Feinstein (Loyola Marymount University) and H. Glenn Penny (University of Iowa).
Congratulations to both winners! DAAD is proud to sponsor these awards, which encourage and recognize scholarly excellence.
Come work with us! GAIN is looking for a part-time Marketing Assistant
DAAD New York is currently accepting applications for a part-time (20 hours/week) marketing/social media assistant for the German Academic International Network (GAIN), a network of German scholars and scientists in North America. GAIN is a joint initiative of DAAD, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), as well as a number of associated members.
For more info on the responsibilities and requirements of this job, please refer to the full description here. Applicants are requested to submit a resume and cover letter via email to Ms. Solveig Berkman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gerrit Roessler (email@example.com) with the subject GAIN Assistant.
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Application deadline for Spring 2017: November 1, 2016.
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GermanPLUS+ runs on the American calendar and consists of two advanced German language courses and three subject courses taught in German on Berlin theater, German art, and German identity in politics and history. Upon successful completion, participants are awarded 20 ECTS credits from Freie Universität Berlin.
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Upcoming Webinar on pursuing a degree in Germany
All are invited to register for the webinar titled "Pursuing a degree in Germany Whats required and how to apply?" on Oct 19, 2016 12:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8067750509296002052
Germany has excellent internationally recognized universities, most of which are tuition free. Why not think about a Bachelors or Masters degree in Germany? Learn more from Uni-assist, including the requirements and the application process. In this upcoming webinar, DAAD staff and representatives from Uni-assist e.V. will walk you through the process of applying to a German university. At the end, you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Approaching Deadlines for German Studies Grants
Conference Funding in German Studies: Faculty members and advanced students in the humanities, social sciences and related fields are invited to apply for co-funding to organize workshops, seminars and conferences that embrace the interdisciplinary and/or comparative study of the history, politics, economics, law, society, culture and the arts of Germany. Deadline for application is October 31, 2016 (postmark date) for conferences scheduled for January to June 2017. For more information, please click here.
German Studies Research Grant: This specialized DAAD program offers research grants to highly-qualified undergraduate, graduate and PhD students at American and Canadian universities who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (i.e., 1-2 months) in Germany. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an interdisciplinary perspective. Deadline for application is November 1, 2016 (postmark date).
For more information, please visit:
www.daad.org/germanstudies (undergraduate students)
www.daad.org/germanstudies2 (graduate students)
www.daad.org/germanstudies3 (PhD students)
Deadline Reminder for University Summer Course Grant and Intensive Language Course Grant
The University Summer Course Grant provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material. DAAD also offers grants for intensive language courses in Germany to applicants from North American universities to attend 8-week intensive language courses at leading institutes in Germany.
Online applications for both programs must be completed by December 1, 2016 at 11 PM Central European Time (5 PM EST/4PM CST/3PM MTN/2PM PST). Hard copies must be received by DAAD New York by December 11, 2016. For further information, please visit the program sites for Summer University Course Grant and Intensive Language Courses or contact Ms. Uta Gaedeke at DAADs New York Office at 212-758-3223 x209 or at email@example.com.
Alliance of leading technical universities (TU9) celebrates its 10th anniversary
In 2006, nine leading technical universities in Germany joined forces under the name of TU9 to collectively shape the countrys future development as a hotspot for science and innovation. Since its establishment, TU9 has also served as a liaison between science, politics and society. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, TU9 organized a symposium on October 11th with high-ranking representatives from academia, politics and industry on the future of science and innovation in Germany.
During her speech at the event, Federal Research Minister Johanna Wanka explained how significantly TU9 has impacted the field: Technical universities are the combination of first-class training for engineers with outstanding research, ambitious students and close cooperation between small and large companies. This is how a good idea becomes a new product in the engineering sciences, and this is where the TU9 is leading. For the past ten years, they have shown their performance and their commitment to research. To learn more about TU9, view the full press release from the symposium here (German only).