Graduate Funding & Scholarships

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships

The Department of German Studies offers graduate teaching assistantships for qualified students, which include a tuition and registration waiver. Graduate Assistants/Associates in Teaching (GATs) at the University of Arizona teach German language courses and might fulfill other tasks to earn their support. All graduate students in German Studies (MA, PhD, domestic, international, from the Universities of Leipzig and Arizona) are eligible for financial support by way of GATs and scholarships. The department also usually awards one graduate research assistantship, and the University of Leipzig offers three full research assistantships to PhD students from the University of Arizona.

Available Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards

  • Max Kade Fellowship (see below)
  • Weinel Scholarship (online application)
  • Graduate Incentive for Growth Awards (GIGA)
  • Travel Grants for graduate students (see below)

Max Kade Fellowship

With the support of the Max Kade Foundation, the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona awards two first-year Max Kade Graduate Fellowships in the amount of $14,000 each plus tuition fee remission for students beginning graduate work in the Fall. The second year of graduate study will be funded by a graduate teaching assistantship. Candidates will be selected on the basis of the quality of their previous work in German and their potential for scholarly work in German Studies. Those interested in applying for the Fellowship should submit a specific letter of intent and a sample of scholarly writing in either German or English in addition to the materials required of all applicants.

Travel Grants for Graduate Students

Full-time graduate students may apply for travel grants to cover airfare and registration, or portions thereof, when presenting or holding workshops at conferences.  Request along with budget may be submitted with the Travel Authorization Form found on the SILLC website. The decision will usually be made within a month of application. Funding is contingent on departmental budget. 

Additional Funding Opportunities

Additional funding information provided by the Graduate College can be found here, and we recommend signing up for the graduate funding listserver to receive notifications about funding opportunities throughout the year. The Volkswagen Stiftung and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offer postdoctoral fellowships in Germany, and further post-PhD opportunities and resources will be listed here (organized by field and kind). 

Summer Teaching

Summer teaching is available for qualified GATs on a competitive basis. The courses generally offered in the summer are German 101-102 plus intensive first- and second-year German 111-211 In addition, one or two GATs usually have the opportunity to serve as assistants to the Director of the Summer Abroad Program in Leipzig, wich includes teaching langugae courses, as well as helping organize excursions and other activities in Leipzig and its environs.

Non-native Speakers of English

If you are a non-native speaker of English, your graduate assistantship is subject to documentation of your English language proficiency. All international graduate students wanting to be hired as Graduate Assistants in Teaching (GATs) who have scored below 26 points in the Speak section of the TOEFL iBT test are required to take the Task-Based English Speaking Test or T-BEST designed to measure your ability to communicate in English. A fee for the T-BEST test will be charged to your bursar's account. More information can be found here.

DAAD Funding Options

Study Scholarships

“Study Scholarships provide highly qualified individuals with an opportunity to do independent study in Germany or to complete a full Master's degree program at a German university.” Available in the sciences, humanities, and arts. Learn more.

Research Grants

“Research grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates who are early in their academic/professional careers or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany. Funding may also be granted to recent PhDs who would like to conduct research.” There are long-term and short-term research grants. Learn more.

UA Priority Candidate

As a partner university, DAAD encourages the UA to select one priority candidate. Priority candidates from partner universities receive preferential status in the general fellowship competitions and have a considerably higher likelihood of being selected. Applicants for the UA priority candidate submit their applications to the UA Graduate College about a month prior to the national deadline. Everyone who submits to the UA Graduate College can subsequently submit to the national competition. Please direct questions about the priority candidacy to Georgia Ehlers.