Funding and Exchange Opportunities

Devoted in part to mentoring graduate students in their professional development, the IGCS additionally provides undergraduate students with a rich palette of activities and opportunities to expand their intellectual horizons and international perspectives through the multi-faceted study of German culture.

Hohendahl Graduate Essay Prize

The Institute for German Cultural Studies is pleased to announce its 2022 call for submissions for The Peter Uwe Hohendahl Graduate Essay Prize in Critical Theory. This named prize honors a distinguished scholar of international renown for his many publications on German literatures of modernity, comparative intellectual histories, critical theory writ large and the Frankfurt School especially, and the history and desiderata of university education in Europe and North America. As Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature from 1977 to 2011, Peter Uwe Hohendahl taught and inspired many Cornell students on the importance of critical theory for public life and the collective good.

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Cornell-Heidelberg Exchange Fellowships

Two Exchange Fellowships for study at the University of Heidelberg cover tuition and fees plus provide a monthly stipend of 900 euros for ten months.  In addition, the University of Heidelberg will cover the fees for a preparatory language course beginning in September (participants will receive an additional monthly stipend) and, if desired, for a language course (4 hrs per week) that is offered throughout the academic year.

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DAAD/Cornell Exchange Fellowships

The competition is open to graduating seniors, graduate students and recent PhDs, and post-doctoral researchers from all schools and colleges in the university except completion of a clinical science degree at a German university (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine).

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Humboldt Exchange Fellowship

This fellowship will enable students to study at the Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin for the 2023-2024 academic year (October through July). The fellowship carries a monthly stipend of 800 euros. The Department of German Studies at Cornell will provide an additional stipend to assist with fees and other costs while in Germany. Fellows may be expected to carry out modest RA duties to be determined in consultation with our faculty contact at the Humboldt University.

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