Scholarships and Awards

Many scholarships are available to students in German. A partial list follows.

A list of recent scholarship recipients is available here.

 

Department Internal Scholarships

The Lore B. Foltin Memorial Prize

This prize, which is named in honor of the late Professor Lore Foltin, who served in the Department of German until the early 1970s, is intended to recognize the academic excellence of graduating German majors. Recipients are selected annually by the faculty of the Department of German.

 

Kuschmierz Scholarship for Study in Germany

Dr. Ruth Kuschmierz, an alumna of the Pitt German department and a professor of German and English at the Pitt-Greensburg campus for more than 30 years, endowed a scholarship to help students study in Germany. The scholarship is awarded annually.  Students apply through the department and recipients are selected by the faculty of the Department of German.

 

Elizabeth Wylie-Ernst Scholarship for Study Abroad

This prize, named after Dr. Elizabeth Wylie-Ernst, an alumna of the Pitt German department and a professor here for many years, provides funds for students to study abroad. The scholarship is awarded annually.  Students apply through the department and recipients are selected by the faculty of the Department of German.

 

Pitt Scholarships

The Jeff Maltz Undergraduate Scholarship in German Studies

This four-year scholarship is funded by an alumnus of the Department of German and is named in honor of his Pittsburgh high school teacher.  For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

 

Kessler Scholarship

This scholarship, presented by the European Studies Center and available to a student seeking a West European Studies or European Union Studies certificate, is intended to provide financial support to a student who plans to study abroad during the summer. The recipient is selected by a faculty committee. More information about this scholarship is available here.

 

Nationality Room Scholarships

The Summer Study Abroad scholarships sponsored by the Nationality Rooms Committees support the ideal of education through cultural exchange. There are a number of nationality rooms (i.e. Austrian and Swiss) that offer scholarships in support of German-language study abroad.  More information is available here.

 

Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership

 A one-year leadership development program that includes pre-departure and re-entry retreats, a structured community engagement experience, as well as a minimum $5,000 scholarship to study abroad. Applications are open to sophomore and junior women with no previous international experience and a GPA of at least 3.0.  More information is available here.

 

FLAS

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) scholarships are available through the University Center for International Studies (UCIS).  These prestigious and competitive awards allow select Pitt undergraduate students to devote full time attention to their chosen modern foreign language and area studies specialty.  There are separate competitions for the Academic Year FLAS Fellowship and the Summer FLAS Fellowship.  More information is available here.

 

Honors College Fellowships

These include the Brackenridge and the THINK (Trans-disciplinary Honors Inquiries in New Knowledge) Research Fellowships and support University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students on the Oakland campus who conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. These fellowships are open to undergraduates from any field. For more information, please contact Jason Sepac at the Honors College (jason.sepac@pitt.edu).

 

Pitt External Scholarships

There are numerous organizations outside the University of Pittsburgh that also provide generous scholarships for study in German-speaking countries. Most of these are overseen by the University Honors College. Students interested in them should speak with Judy Zang (jaz36@pitt.edu).  These include:

 

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)

The German Academic Exchange Service offers a variety of opportunities for students to study or do an internship in German.  More information is here.

 

DAAD-RISE (DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering)

RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. For more information click here.

 

CBYX for Young Professionals (Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange)

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Department of State, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German young professionals, between the ages of 18-24, the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. CBYX is open to candidates in all career fields who are interested in a year of academic, professional, and cultural exchange.  More information is available here.

 

Fulbright

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.  More information is available here.

 

Fulbright English Teaching Fellowship

The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETA’s help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.  More information is available here.

 

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program

Provides recent university graduates with the financial support to spend a year in Germany pursuing research-based, self-developed projects at host institutions. Projects should be of social significance; have a long-term, publicly visible impact; and be in fields such as politics, public administration, media, business, economics, society, or culture. German language knowledge is NOT required. Applicants must be a national of the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil, or India. More information is available here.

 

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

A fully-funded, 9-to-12 month professional development program in Germany for up to 15 accomplished young Americans to live abroad, study German, and gain experience in business, economics, journalism, law, and public policy. More information is available here.

Recent Undergraduate Scholarship Awards

  • Spring 2018: German major Andrew Schlegel received the Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt Scholarship for study abroad in Germany.
  • Spring 2018: Graduating seniors and German majors Erin McMahon and Hana Mujkovic received the Lore Foltin Award for Academic Excellence.
  • Spring 2018: German majors Andrew Schlegel, David Skrovanek, and Grant Wilson received the Ruth Kuschmierz Travel Award for study abroad in Germany
  • Summer 2017: German major Eleanna Melcher received the Austrian Nationality Room scholarship for study abroad. To learn more about Nationality Rooms Scholarships, click here and here.
  • Spring 2017: German minor Susie Pisarcik received the German Chancellor Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Susie's proposed research will analyze and parallel the integration systems in place for refugees allocated to rural and urban settings in Germany. To learn more about the German Chancellor Fellowship, click here.
  • Spring 2017: Graduating senior German major Tom Elvins was awarded a DAAD scholarship for further study and training. Next year, Tom will pursue a Master's at the University of Leipzig. For more information about the DAAD, click here and here.
  • Spring 2017: German majors Nathaniel Henderson and Zebulon Browne received the Ruth Kuschmierz Travel Award for summer study abroad.  This summer, Nathaniel and Zebulon will study abroad in Augsburg, Germany.
  • Spring 2017: Graduating senior German major Grace Pehlert received the Lore Foltin Award for Academic Excellence.
  • Summer 2016: German major Tom Elvins received the Austrian Nationality Room scholarship for study and research in Vienna. To learn more about Nationality Rooms Scholarships, click here and here.
  • Summer 2016: German major Tom Elvins received an International Studies Fund grant for independent research in Serbia and Austria. To learn more about International Studies Fund awards, click here and here.
  • Summer 2016: German major Tom Elvins received a Summer Undergraduate Research Award to conduct research into Vuk Karadzic and the political history of his dictionary project.  To learn more about SURA awards, click here.
  • Spring 2016: German major Tom Elvins received a FLAS fellowship to study Polish through a multinational perspective at Prolog School of Polish Language in Krakow. To learn more about FLAS fellowships, click here and here.
  • Spring 2016: German major Tom Elvins received the Kessler Memorial Fellowship in support of his upcoming study abroad in Leipzig in Fall 2016. For more information about the Kessler Memorial Fellowship, click here and here
  • Spring 2016: German majors Erin McMahon and Hana Mujkovic received the Ruth Kuschmierz scholarship for study abroad.  This summer, Erin will study in Salzburg, Austria through AIFS, and Hana will study at the Freie Universitaet Berlin.
  • Spring 2016: Graduating senior German majors Griffin Koch and Cory Zipprodt received the Lore Foltin Award for Academic Excellence.
  • Spring 2016: German major Kelsey Hillock received the German Room Committee scholarship for summer study abroad in Augsburg, Germany.  To learn more about Nationality Rooms Committee Scholarships, click here and here.
  • Fall 2015: German major Tom Elvins received a Brackenridge Fellowship for the Spring 2016 semester.  Tom will undertake research with Dr. Ljiljana Duraskovic investigating the transposition of East Slavic linguistic features to a South Slavic document produced in 1219, called the Svetoga Save. To learn more about Fall/Spring Brackenridge Research Fellowships, click here and here.  To learn more about Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowships, click here and here.
  • Summer 2015: April 2015 certificate graduate Erica Stevens won third prize in the DAAD Essay Contest - Reunification in 250 Words or Less.  More than 2,000 people participated in the online vote for the winners of the contest. To read Erica's winning entry, click here and scroll down for the entry by els119.es.
  • Summer 2015: German minor Nikita Constantini was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International scholarship. Nikita will study Metropolitan Studies and Architecture in Berlin, Germany and conduct an individual research project concerning Dark Tourism in Nuremberg. To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship, click here.
  • Spring 2015: Graduating senior German minor Matthew Sova received a DAAD graduate study scholarship for a year of independent study or a full master's degree program at a German university. To learn more about the DAAD study scholarship, click here.
  • Spring 2015: German major Brianna Gasgonia received a Boren Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year.  To learn more about Boren scholarships, click here and here.
  • Spring 2015: Graduating senior German major Andrew Thornquist received a University of Pittsburgh Summer Language Institute (SLI) scholarship for summer 2015 to support his study of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language and culture.  To learn more about SLI scholarships, click here.
  • Spring 2015: German major Tom Elvins received a Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Award (SURA) to support his study of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language and culture. To learn more about SURA awards, click here.
  • Spring 2015: German major Tom Elvins was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for summer 2015 to study Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian in Pittsburgh and Montenegro through Pitt's Summer Language Institute (SLI). To learn more about FLAS scholarships, click here.
  • Spring 2015: Graduating senior German major Samantha Shipeck received the Lore Foltin Award for academic excellence.
  • Spring 2015: German major Rebecca Kerman and German certificate Derrick Kreider received the Ruth Kuschmierz scholarship for study in Germany. Both Rebecca and Derrick will study abroad at the University of Augsburg in summer 2015. To learn more about the Pitt in Augsburg program, click here.
  • Spring 2015: German student Charles Kronk received a DAAD RISE award for summer 2015. To learn more about the DAAD RISE program, click here.
  • Spring 2015: German major Emily Cramer and German minor Rachel Peters each received a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany to serve as an English Teaching Assistant. To learn more about the Fulbright program, click here and here.
  • Spring 2015: Students of German Grace Pehlert and Jared Muehlbauer were awarded the Austrian Nationality Room Committee award for summer study in Austria.  To learn more about Nationality Rooms Scholarships, click here and here.
  • Spring 2015: German major Naomi Miller received an EMGIP scholarship. The EMGIP offers internship opportunities for US and Canadian students in the German parliament. To learn more about the EMGIP program, click here and here.
  • Summer 2014: German major Samantha Shipeck was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study at the University of Augsburg in Germany. To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship, click here.
  • Spring 2014: German minor Andrew Panzl receive a UAS7 (German Universities of Applied Sciences) award for study and an internship in Hamburg, Germany. To learn more about the UAS7 study and internship program, click here and here.
  • Spring 2013: German major Luke Starcher received a Fulbright award for teaching in Germany, and German minor Emma Shannon received a Fulbright award for research in Germany. To learn more about the Fulbright program, click here and here.
  • Spring 2013: German student Michael Moody received a DAAD RISE Award for research in science and engineering. To learn more about the DAAD RISE program, click here.
  • Spring 2012: German major Valerie Alstadt received a DAAD university summer course grant for summer courses at a German university. German major Zachary Haddad was recognized as a DAAD Young Ambassador.  Young Ambassadors are students who have recently studied in Germany and return to promote study in Germany at their home universities. German certificate Patrick Musgrave received a DAAD research scholarship to support research in Germany. To learn more about DAAD scholarships, click here.
  • Spring 2012: German minor Bryanna Gallagher received a Fulbright award for research and study in Austria. To learn more about the Fulbright program, click here and here.
  • Spring 2012: German minor Arielle Ross won a Boren Scholarship to Israel. The Boren Scholarship is awarded for study abroad in underrepresented areas critical to US interests. To learn more about the Boren Scholarship, click here and here.
  • Fall 2011: German minors Jay Baranoski and Elise Hannon won Fulbright awards. To learn more about the Fulbright program, click here and here.
  • Summer 2011: German major Meghan Leinbach was awarded a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals scholarship. The CBYX is a full-year work-study scholarship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. To learn more about the CBYX program, click here.
  • Spring 2011: German major Noah Willumsen won the long-term award for study abroad from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Noah plans to attend Humboldt University in Berlin and earn a master's degree in German literature. To learn more about DAAD scholarships, click here.
  • Spring 2011: German minor Kathryn Wright was awarded a long-term DAAD grant for graduate study at the University of Cologne in the International Master of Environmental Science program. To learn more about DAAD scholarships, click here.
  • Spring 2011: German minor Alexandra Maihoefer was awarded a Teaching Assistantship through Fulbright and the Austrian Government to teach English in Mödling and Enzersdorf in Austria.