Indiana University Bloomington

Germanic Studies

Indiana University

College of Arts and Sciences

Institute of German Studies

Founded in 1969, the Institute of German Studies fosters interdisciplinary study and research in all aspects of modern German literary and cultural studies on the Bloomington campus. The Institute is fortunate in being able to award a number of highly competitive Max Kade Fellowships for those pursuing an M.A. or Ph.D. in German studies or related fields. We support both high school and undergraduate students taking part in overseas study programs with scholarships. The Institute also organizes and cosponsors events, such as lectures, workshops, and conferences. For more information, please contact us.

Meet this year's Max Kade Fellows.

Max Kade Fellowships

With the generous support of the Max Kade Foundation, every year the Institute of German Studies is able to award a number of attractive fellowships for those embarking on a graduate career in German literary or cultural studies. Max Kade Fellows are drawn from the very top ranks of the national applicant pool in German studies.

Typically, Max Kade Fellows pursue their studies in the Department of Germanic Studies, though students in other departments working on issues central to German culture or history may be eligible too. For students joining the Department of Germanic Studies, the funding usually extends over six years, consisting of a mix of fellowships and instructorships. In some cases, summer funding is also made available. Dissertation fellowships and exchange fellowships for research and study at German universities (in Berlin and elsewhere) are also available and awarded on a competitive basis. The Institute also assists students in applying for outside grants (Fulbright, DAAD, etc.)

During their first year, Fellows do not teach and are expected to take on a full load of studies (12 credit hours), including at least one graduate course approved by the director of the Institute in each of their first two semesters of study. In their second year of study, Fellows receive pedagogical training and become instructors.

Application Procedure and Deadline:

Applicants to the Department of Germanic Studies are automatically considered for a Max Kade Fellowship. If you are applying to a different department at Indiana University, Bloomington, and wish to be considered for a Max Kade Fellowship, simply send an email to that effect to Michelle Dunbar. To apply for admission to a graduate program, click here. The application deadline for international applicants is December 1, 2011, and for domestic applicants, January 15, 2012.

Institute of German Studies
Department of Germanic Studies
Johannes Türk, Director
Michelle Dunbar, Administrative Secretary
1020 East Kirkwood Avenue, BH 644
Indiana University - Bloomington
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103
Telephone: (812) 855-7947; (812) 855-2033
Fax: 812-855-8927

Max Kade Overseas Travel Scholarships

Thanks to a grant by the Max Kade Foundation, the Institute is able to support ten outstanding students taking part in language programs offered by Indiana University in Germany and Austria. Students with the highest academic achievement receive up to $1,000 to help pay for the cost of travel.

Five of the scholarships ordinarily support IU undergraduate students taking part in the programs in Graz or Freiburg (full-year only). Students should indicate their interest in being considered for one of these scholarships when they apply for the program through the Office of Overseas Study

The remaining five scholarship are ordinarily awarded to high school students attending the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Language in Krefeld, Germany. All students admitted to the program will automatically be considered for the scholarship.

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