Transcultural German Studies Project receives $200,000 DAAD Grant

Jan. 24, 2024
Virtual Master Class

We are delighted to announce that Drs. Joela Jacobs (University of Arizona), Leonard Herrmann (Universität Leipzig), and James Orao (University of Nairobi) have been awarded a three-year $200,000 grant from the GIP (The German Language, Literature and Culture: Institutional Partnerships Worldwide) program! This grant from the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst/German Academic Exchange Service) may be renewed twice and will fund collaborations to further enrich German Studies/Germanistik graduate student education in Arizona, Germany, and Kenya.

The GIP grant was awarded to fund the project “Transkulturelle Germanistik – Leipzig, Tucson, Nairobi” (“Transcultural German Studies – Leipzig, Tucson, Nairobi”). The funding will help support our current dual degree PhD program between the University of Arizona and the Universität Leipzig, in which PhD students from each university spend an academic year at the other institution to further develop their studies. In addition to this exchange, the University of Leipzig can now also welcome PhD students from the University of Nairobi to complete the same academic year. The grant builds on a previously DAAD-funded project, the Virtual Master Class between the German Studies/Germanistik graduate student programs at the universities; these have taken place over the past five semesters now, and you can see the most recent one on “Transcultural Memory” in the picture.

Congratulations on this monumental success! We are looking forward to the continuation of our trilateral partnership and the wonderful projects that will emerge from it.