Scholarships & Awards

We offer several scholarships to support study abroad experiences, internships, and other opportunities that will enhance your German learning. Look below for details and find all UA ones by searching for the scholarship name on Scholarship Universe (search feature in the top right corner).


Delta Phi Alpha Study Abroad Scholarship

Delta Phi Alpha offers several scholarships to recognize high-achieving Delta Phi Alpha undergraduate students (sophomores and juniors) from active chapters with a one-time award for study abroad on an accredited program in a German-speaking country. See the Delta Phi Alpha website for more information.

Value of Scholarship: $1,250
Application Deadline: November 15 & March 15


Deutscher Studenten Club Study Abroad Scholarship

The Deutscher Studenten Club and the Department of German Studies are inviting applications for the DSC Study Abroad Scholarship to help University of Arizona students fund their participation in study abroad programs in German-speaking countries. 

Value of Scholarship: $250-$1,000
Application Deadline: December 1 (there may be a second round in early February if funds are left)

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Details

Eligibility:

  • at least one year of German
  • a minimum GPA of 3.0 in German classes
  • full-time students of junior, senior or graduate standing in German

Students of all majors and minors may apply, but preference will be given to students officially registered as German majors or minors.

Application:

Submit the following via Scholarship Universe:

  • a resume or CV
  • a one-page letter of application/personal statement in German, stating qualifications, study objectives, and career goals
  • the names and email addresses of two faculty members willing to endorse the application
  • provide the name of the study abroad program (e.g., Leipzig, Medieval, etc.) and, if applicable, commit to having an application for the proposed program of study on file at UA Global/the Department of German Studies
  • supporting material relevant to the application may be appended

This scholarship may be used in combination with other scholarships.

Awardees agree to provide a short narrative of their study abroad experiences to the head of the German department upon their return.


Federation of German-American Clubs (VDAC)

Please use this application form and visit the VDAC website for more information.

Value of Scholarship: €4,500 for 10 months (students continue to pay UA tuition during this time)
Application Deadline: December 1

Details

Eligibility:

Applicants should

  • have taken at least two years of college German or equivalent by the date of departure
  • have at least junior standing at time of departure
  • have at least a “B” average in all college courses taken, and “B+” in all college German courses
  • still be an undergraduate during the year abroad
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • not be married (a requirement of the German government)

German Chancellor Fellowship

The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany–irrespective of your field of work. In order to apply, develop your own project idea and find the host of your choice to mentor you. Once your host has confirmed, you can apply for a fellowship. Please consult the program information website for application requirements and fellowship specifications, and see this website.

Application Deadline: in March
Value of Scholarship:  €2,150-€2,750, depending on qualifications

Details

We offer you:

  • a monthly fellowship of €2,150, €2,450 or €2,750, depending on your qualifications
  • individual mentoring during your stay in Germany
  • additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course
  • a study tour of Germany and a number of events during which you can make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions
  • extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career

Send an application, if you:

  • are a university graduate with an international bias from Brazil, China, India, Russia or the USA and have already acquired initial leadership experience
  • completed your first degree less than 12 years ago
  • would like to spend a year working on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany
  • can demonstrate that your project will be of social significance and that you have the potential to build future bridges between Germany and your own country
  • work in a sector such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the patron of this fellowship programme. The Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships annually–up to ten for each country.


Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. See here for more information and this year's deadline.

Value of Scholarship: Up to $5,000.
Application Deadline: in March

Details

Eligibility:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be an undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions)
  • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship
  • Be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks for community college students and three weeks for students from four-year institutions, in a single country and eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement
  • Students are eligible to apply for credit-bearing study abroad programs in a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 1 or 2, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory System. Certain areas within these countries may be designated within the Travel Advisory as either “Do not travel to” (Level 4) or “Reconsider travel to” (Level 3) locations, as such; students will not be allowed to travel to these areas.

International Parliament Stipend of the German Bundestag

This scholarship supports an internship at the German Parliament. Visit the website of the German Parliament for more information.

Value of Scholarship: €450+ monthly and subsidized lodgings for five months.
Application Deadline: June 30

Details

Application materials:

  • passport photo
  • the program's questionnaire 
  • evidence of advanced German language skills
  • letter of intent in German (max. 2 pages)
  • high school and college transcripts
  • two letters of recommendation in German or English on official letter head

Oskar Grunow Scholarship

The Department of German Studies is inviting applications for the German Studies scholarship to help University of Arizona students of all majors and minors fund their participation in the summer study abroad program in Leipzig.

Value of Scholarship: $100-$300
Application Deadline: December 1 (there may be a second round in early February if funds are left)

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Details

Eligibility:

Application:

Submit the following via Scholarship Universe:

  • a resume or CV
  • a one-page letter of application/personal statement in German, stating qualifications, study objectives, and career goals (a statement in English is acceptable if you have less than a semester of German)
  • the names and email addresses of two faculty members willing to endorse the application
  • must commit to having an application for the Leipzig program on file at UA Global/the Department of German Studies
  • supporting material relevant to the application may be appended

Awardees agree to provide a short narrative of their study abroad experiences to the head of the German department upon their return.


SILLC Global Award Fund

Benefits students in good standing who are declared majors in any of the SILLC disciplines to participate in a UA approved study or internship abroad program. See SILLC website for more information, especially this year's due date.

Value of Scholarship: $1,500-$2,000
Application Deadline: in January


ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

ThinkSwiss offers scholarships for a research stay in Switzerland. Please visit the ThinkSwiss website for more information.

Value of Scholarship: Varies
Application Deadline: January 15

Details

Eligibility:

  • Be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university/college
  • Be a graduate student or an undergraduate student who will have completed your sophomore year by the time the research stay in Switzerland begins
  • Provide a written confirmation from a professor at a Swiss university that he/she will accept you for a research stay in his/her group

UA Travel Grant (SASE)

The University of Arizona Travel Grant is a competitive award offered by Study Abroad and Student Exchange (SASE) for need-based applicants. Grants are limited and highly competitive. Only complete UA Travel Grant applications are considered, and all complete applications will be reviewed by the UA Travel Grant committee.

Value of Scholarship: $500-$1,000
Application Deadline: February 25 (Summer), April 15 (Fall & Academic Year), October 25 (Winter & Spring)

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Details

Selection and Notification:

Awards for successful applicants will be posted to their UAccess Bursar account and will be disbursed according to financial aid policies and procedures.  

Amounts:

  • Fall and Academic Year awards are $1,000
  • Spring awards are $1,000
  • Spring Break and Winter Break are $500 (need-based grants only)
  • Summer awards are $500

Deadlines:

  • Spring programs: October 25 (midnight)
  • Spring Break and Winter Break programs: October 25 (midnight)
  • Summer programs: February 25 (midnight)
  • Fall and Academic Year programs: April 15 (midnight)

Eligibility:

  • Be a degree-seeking UA student accepted to a SASE-promoted program
  • Receive the Pell Grant/University Grant OR accept student loans OR write a need justification statement that details how you demonstrate need (this statement will be evaluated separately for eligibility)
  • Must not have received the Travel Grant in a previous cycle

Note: SASE reserves the right to review complete financial student profile to determine need.


Weinel Memorial Scholarship

The Department of German Studies is inviting applications for several Weinel Memorial Scholarships for juniors, seniors and graduate students, majoring in German Studies. The scholarship will be available for the Summer, Fall, and Spring and supports intensive study programs or research (e.g. abroad).

Value of Scholarship: Varies, depending on student response and proposed program of study.
Application Deadline: December 1 (there may be a second round in early February if funds are left)

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Details

Eligibility: 

  • minimum GPA of 3.5 in German classes
  • full-time junior, senior or graduate student, majoring in German Studies 

Application:

Submit the following via Scholarship Universe:

  • a resume or CV
  • a one-page letter of application/personal statement in German, stating qualifications, study objectives, and career goals
  • the names and email addresses of two faculty members willing to endorse the application
  • if applicable, provide the name of the program (e.g., Leipzig, Medieval, Taos, etc.) and commit to having an application for the proposed program of study on file at UA Global/the Department of German Studies/the respective program office
  • supporting material relevant to the application may be appended

Awardees agree to provide a short narrative of their experiences to the head of the German department upon their return.