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At Centre, we believe in supporting our students before, during, and after their enrollment at the College. We include below information about scholarships available to support those interested in the study of German at Centre.

Centre Language Scholarships

Incoming students are eligible for Centre Language Scholarships, which recognize extraordinary language students who wish to continue their engagement with German during college. Students do not need to major or minor in German Studies to maintain their scholarship. Applicants complete an essay about their interest in German and may be selected to conduct an interview in German with a German Studies faculty member as the final step in consideration for the scholarship.

Special Scholarships

DAAD Programs

The German Academic Exchange Service (der Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst–DAAD) offers grants for American students to study in Germany. This prestigious organization is dedicated to exchanges of knowledge, scholarship and friendship between Germany and the rest of the world. (Contact the German Studies program for assistance in understanding the intricacies of the programs the DAAD offers.)

A variety of programs are available. Some programs do not necessarily carry with them financial support for the study, though some scholarships are awarded. Note that many if not most of these programs are not “German” study abroad programs per se but rather discipline-specific study abroad programs in Germany, home to many prestigious universities.

2008 German Studies graduate Andrew Beeler was awarded a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship for his study of political science and German culture at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg during the 2006-07 academic year.

There are also programs (with support) for summer study of both language and German Studies and a study year after graduation from Centre. (See the link “DAAD Grants for Undergrads” for information on these programs.)

In 2005, the DAAD began a new program for summer research and work opportunities for people who study or have studied biology, chemistry, and physics (as well as earth sciences and engineering). This program takes the form of a summer internship for continuing undergrads (the RISE program) and summer work for those who have already graduated (the RISE pro program). See below for links to the program websites.

German Studies minor Brenna Bulach ’06 was awarded a DAAD RISE internship grant to work with Henkel KGaA in Düsseldorf during the summer of 2007.

PLEASE NOTE: These programs are not affiliated with Centre College. Transfer credit may not be possible for these programs. Contact your advisor, the Centre Registrar, the German Studies program and Centre Study Abroad for more information.

If you intend to go to graduate or professional school, remember the DAAD in your plans: even after you have left Centre the DAAD can provide great opportunities for you to study or work in Germany as a graduate student or professional. You can continue with German long after college!

DAAD Undergraduate Programs
DAAD Graduate Programs


The Fulbright Commission offers two types of grants for graduating seniors who are American citizens. The Fulbright is designed to foster understanding between Americans and people in other parts of the world.

No fewer than five German Studies majors have won Fulbrights in the last seven years: Caroline Schoeffler ’13 and Caitlin Harper ’08, who received awards to study and teach in Vienna, Austria; Brad Fansher ’11, who taught English in the Saarland; Spencer Kimball ’09, who received a grant to pursue advanced studies in international relations in Berlin; and Katie Pfohl ’08, who received an award to teach English in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany.

At least nine current or former German majors have received Fulbrights, seven for study immediately after graduating from Centre (including those listed above and Robert Alford, who studied economics at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) and one, Karin Wolfe, who received a Fulbright (for 2003-05) to continue her study of German law at the Ludwig-Maximillian Universität München after practicing law in the U.S. for three years. Karen Mahoney Gravel, a History major at Centre who took German classes, received a Fulbright to study Art History at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, an experience that convinced her to pursue a career in architecture. (Faculty members Ken Keffer and Ian Wilson are also Fulbright alumni.)

Students may receive grants allowing for full study with no service involved (Austria, Germany or Switzerland) or grants that call for minimal assistance in teaching English and American Studies (Austria and Germany). The most grants (215) are available to Germany, with only 22 for Austria and 12 for Switzerland. These numbers include all grants for graduating seniors and students pursuing Ph.D.s, so competition is very fierce.

Students applying for a Fulbright grant must approach the process seriously and intend to spend a good deal of time preparing their application. The process begins in the early fall of applying students’ senior year, so ideally students would begin to think about a Fulbright during their junior year. Interested students should speak as soon as possible with Fulbright campus advisors Professor Robyn Cutright and Professor Iulia Sprinceana. Contacting a faculty member in German Studies for assistance and planning is highly advisable.

The Fulbright grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to Americans, and receiving one can be a springboard to excellent opportunities in graduate or professional school or beyond.

Note that most Fulbright grants are not “German” programs per se but rather discipline-specific study programs in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, home to many world-class universities.

Fulbright Scholarship

Austrian teaching

The Austrian-American Educational Commission coordinates the US Teaching Assistantship Program. It places approximately 140 U.S. citizens after graduation from college in teaching assistant posts in Austrian Gymnasien to help teach English and American Studies. Applications are typically due by mid-January.

German Studies graduate Andrew Beeler ’08 taught in Leonding, Austria in 2008-09 and then in Vienna from 2009-11. Stephen Ludlum ’07 taught in Klagenfurt, Austria during the 2007-08, and Todd Ullrich ’01 was based in Graz, Austria when he took part in this program.

US Teaching Assistantships at Austrian Secondary Schools