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Scholarships - German Studies
 

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students

Students of German at Wayne State University are incredibly fortunate. Many scholarships are available to students who major or minor in German. Many scholarships also are available to German majors and minors who wish to study abroad with the Junior Year in Munich program or enroll in a summer language program in Germany. And scholarships are even available to non-majors and minors who also wish to study abroad in Germany.

There are 3 main types of Undergraduate Scholarships:

A. Scholarships available through the CMLLC German Area

B. Scholarships available through the Junior Year in Munich program

C. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships

 

VERY IMPORTANT:

Before you apply for these scholarships, please first download the Scholarships Fact Sheet!  This  describes deadlines and to whom the various scholarship application forms must be submitted.

1. Scholarships Fact Sheet (PDF)

2. When to ask for Letters of Recommendation (PDF)

3. Faulhaber & Concordia Application Form (PDF) 

4. Remember that JYM Scholarships are separate; pick up the form in 401 Manoogian.

                                                                                         

A. Scholarships available through the CMLLC German Area

1. Uwe K. Faulhaber Endowed Scholarship

The Uwe K. Faulhaber Endowed Scholarship Fund annually awards significant scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a major or minor in German. This endowment fund was established by a gift from Anne Kirk Warren in honor of our colleague Professor Uwe Faulhaber, who was known for his dedication to students and his excellent teaching. After Professor Faulhaber’s death, his family generously enabled this scholarship fund to benefit even more students. Each year the CMLLC German Area awards several scholarships ranging from $250 for undergraduate German minors, to $500-$1,000 for undergraduate German majors who have excelled in their studies of German language and culture. The application deadline is March 6 each year.

2. Concordia Singing Society Foundation Endowed Scholarships for Study Abroad

The Concordia Singing Society was founded in 1865 by twelve German-American Civil War veterans who were members of a singing group at Detroit’s Social Athletic Club. The endowment was established in 1998 with a major gift by the Concordia Singing Society Foundation. The Concordia Singing Society Foundation Endowment annually funds scholarships for students to study in in a German-speaking country, or conduct independent research there on a pre-approved topic related to their course of studies. Concordia Scholarships may be used to attend a summer program in Germany, or may also be applied towards participation in the Junior Year in Munich program. Scholarship awards are generally $1000. Application deadline is March 6 each year.

3. German Scholarship Fund

Scholarships of varying amounts, dependent upon funds available, are awarded to outstanding students of German language, literature and culture. Students are nominated by their instructors and scholarships are awarded during the Awards Ceremony each Winter semester.

4. Friends of German Studies Scholarship

The Friends of German Studies at Wayne State University encourages the study of German language and culture by providing scholarships and book awards that are presented to an outstanding student in every undergraduate German class each semester. This endowment fund was established by gifts from faculty and other generous donors.  Undergraduate students enrolled in German language, literature and culture courses may be nominated by their instructors to receive a $50.00 tuition scholarship which can be used towards a German course taken in a subsequent semester.

B. Scholarships available through the Junior Year in Munich program

IMPORTANT: The JYM scholarships described below are administered separately through the Junior Year in Munich - not through the Department of CMLLLC.  Students must apply for these scholarships through JYM, not CMLLC.

Students should submit the JYM Scholarships Application Form at the same time as they submit their JYM Application Form. Please visit Louise Speed in 401 Manoogian for details.

1. German-American Cultural Center Scholarship

Wayne State undergraduates admitted to the Junior Year in Munich program are eligible to be awarded a scholarship from the German-American Cultural Center (GACC) in Sterling Heights MI. The GACC was founded in Detroit in 1950 and provided support for the establishment of the Junior Year in Munich program in 1953. Scholarship awards range from $500-$1000.

2. Max Kade Foundation Fellowship Grants

Wayne State undergraduates admitted to the Junior Year in Munich program are eligible to be awarded a fellowship grant from the Max Kade Foundation. The New-York based Max Kade Foundation was founded with the goal of furthering cultural understanding between the U.S. and German speaking countries. By contributing seed money for the construction of student dormitories in Munich, the Max Kade Foundation has been a major facilitator in the establishment of WSU's partnership with the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich. Fellowship awards range from $1000 to $1500.

3. Junior Year in Munich Scholarships

Wayne State undergraduates admitted to the Junior Year in Munich program are eligible to be awarded a scholarship from the Junior Year in Munich. Awards are made possible by the generous support of JYM alumni and supporters of the program across the nation. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1500.

4. Marvin S. Schindler Endowed Junior Year in Munich Scholarship

Wayne State undergraduates admitted to the Junior Year in Munich program are eligible to be awarded a Marvin S. Schindler Endowed Scholarship. Established by Professor Roslyn Abt Schindler in memory of her husband, Professor Marvin Samuel Schindler (1932-2003) was Chair of the Department of Romance and Germanic Languages and Literatures at Wayne State University from 1974 to 1983, and Program Director of Wayne State's Junior Year in Germany programs in Freiburg and Munich from 1975 to 1993. Scholarship awards are generally $1000.                                                                                                                       

C. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarships

1. DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship

A number of WSU students studying German have received prestigious DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships to support their participation in the JYM program. Information about the scholarship can be found on the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship page.)

If you wish to improve your chances for success and complete this application in a timely manner, the German area encourages you to follow the advice below:

  • Update your Resume and be prepared to order an official WSU transcript at the end of the Fall term.

  • As part of the application, you will need to write a Project Proposal. Talk to a German faculty member about applying for this scholarship early in the fall of the year before you plan to study abroad and ask that faculty member if she or he will work with you on your proposal. If you are applying for the DAAD scholarship to help finance your participation in the JYM program, your participation in JYM should be the starting point for your project proposal, which you expand by focusing on a particular learning goal you wish to achieve while abroad. According to the DAAD website, "A successful project proposal should clearly state why you are going to Germany and show the link to your academic work and career plans."

  • Write a draft of your proposal and give it to a German faculty member for comments before the end of the fall semester. Give yourself time to revise and get feedback on at least two drafts of your essay before the strict DAAD application deadline of January 31.

  • Before the end of the fall semester, ask two faculty members to write letters of recommendation for you (one should be from the faculty member helping you with your proposal).

  • Before the end of the fall semester, ask one faculty member to complete a Language Evaluation Certificate for you (this can be one of the faculty writing a letter of recommendation).

2. Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

DAAD, in cooperation with science organizations in North America and Germany, offers summer internships in Germany for US and Canadian undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE fellows work directly with doctoral students in research groups at top German universities and institutions and can expect to gain serious hands-on research experience. Every RISE intern receives a pro-rated monthly scholarship of approximately €650 for any period of eight weeks to three months between June and August. DAAD also provides health and accident insurance. Register online between December 6 and January 31. Application deadline is January 31. For details, visit the RISE website. 

3. RISE-Professional; Internships for recent graduates

DAAD also offers the opportunity to apply for a 6 weeks to 6 months internship in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences and Engineering (or closely related subjects) after you graduate. DAAD will provide a monthly scholarship of € 150 for undergraduates, € 250 for MA-students and graduates and € 500 for PhD students. The host companies will contribute an additional stipend of € 500 per month. Furthermore, each scholarship holder will receive a lump sum of € 800 for travel expenses and € 150 travel reimbursement for the trip to the scholarship meeting in Heidelberg or Dresden. DAAD will also provide health insurance and accident and personal/private liability insurance. Register online between December 6 and January 31. Application deadline is January 31. For details, visit the RISE Professional website.

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