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External - Before Graduation

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Departmental Awards

Every spring the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures holds an awards ceremony to honor undergraduate and graduate students who have distinguished themselves over the course of the academic year. Descriptions of the awards may be found below.

Goethe Institute Certificates and Book Prizes.
Awarded to an outstanding student of German in each of the four undergraduate classes: freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior, by the Goethe Institute of Chicago.

Werner Marx Award.
A book prize is given annually to an undergraduate who has demonstrated excellence and creativity in the study of German language and literature.

Pauline Steiner Schwalbe Award.
A cash prize awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures and studying abroad in a program recognized by the department.

Ernst A. Philippson Graduate Research Travel Award.
A cash prize awarded annually to a graduate student.

EUC Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Undergraduate Fellowships

EUC-offered FLAS undergraduate fellowships support students studying European languages at the intermediate level or higher and to complete area studies coursework. Undergraduate fellows receive $10,000 towards the cost of tuition and fees, plus a $5,000 stipend during the academic year. Summer FLAS fellowships carry a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees of $5,000 to study a language.

Deadline: February 6th, 2015; online application form and further details will be available later in Fall 2014 on the FLAS website. Student info sessions will be held on October 27th and 28th at 4:00PM, in 126 GSLIS. The FLAS website will be updated this fall to reflect the most up-to-date information.

Undergraduate Research Fellow Grants

The University of Illinois European Union Center is offering three Undergraduate Research Fellow Grants in the amount of 200 €. These funds can be used to support the creation and presentation of research posters on EU-related topics, as well as to support travel to present these posters at a conference. Applicants from all disciplines are eligible.

Deadline: September 30th, 2014.

For any questions, please,and include “2014 Grant Call” in the subject line of the email.

Undergraduate Travel Grant to Participate in the National EU Centers of Excellence Network Brussels Summer Program

The EUC will be offering one travel grant to a student participating in the national EU Centers of Excellence Network Brussels Summer Program. This EUC undergraduate travel grant provides funds to cover travel costs and accomodations associated with participating in the national EU Centers of Excellence Network Brussels Summer Program. Undergraduate students in all disciplines and departments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are eligible. Program dates: June 2015.More information about the program itinerary will be available later in Spring 2015.

Deadline: Spring 2015. Application details to be released as early as possible in the spring 2015 semester once the program for June 2015 is set. The successful applicant will be notified as soon as possible after the application deadline.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Graduate Fellowships

EUC-offered FLAS graduate student fellowships may be used to study European languages and take area studies courses. Graduate students may receive full tuition and fee waiver and a stipend of $15,000 payable over the academic year. Eligibility for tuition waiver varies by home department and school. Summer FLAS fellowships carry a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees of $5,000 to study a language.

Deadline: Applications should be submitted to EUC by students' departments by February 6th, 2015. Check with your own department for the departmental deadline. On-line application form and further details will be available later in Fall 2014 on the FLAS website. Student info sessions will be held on October 27th and 28th at 4:00PM, in 126 GSLIS. The FLAS website will be updated this fall to reflect the most up-to-date information.

Graduate Student Research Travel Grant

The EUC offers three grants of 1,000 €* each to support graduate student research focused on EU topics. Applicants from all schools are welcome to apply.

Request for Proposals
Application Form (.pdf)

Deadline: September 30th, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by November 1st, 2014.

EUC Blog Contest: "Dispatches from Europe"

Applicants are encouraged to submit a post about their summer abroad for publication on our Across the Pond blog and are in the running to win our "Dispatches from Europe" Blog Contest! Winners will receive monetary prizes. Blog submissions should be emailed to
EUC blog instructions can be found here.
Additional EUC Blog Contest Details are available on the EUC Blog.

Deadline: September 15th, 2014

EUC Photo Contest

U of I students, faculty, staff and alumni are eligible to enter the contest. Winners will receive monetary prizes! The winning photos will be displayed at the EUC's annual European Union Day, on the EUC website and on EUC social media outlets. Winners will also be invited to European Union Day events including the keynote address and the following reception and luncheon.

Deadline: September 15th, 2014

IPS Donor-funded scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends of the University of Illinois, International Programs and Studies (IPS) awards more than $100,000 each year for study abroad scholarships and fellowships for international research. Find a list of scholarships and more information here.

University of Illinois Study Abroad Homepage

More information on possible scholarships for exchange students can be found on the study abroad homepage of the University of Illinois.

External – Before Graduation

Database for grants in Austria

This homepage offers help in finding specific grants in Austria, which fit the interest and needs of students. The database offers search for grants for international students, graduates and researchers in Austria as well as for research grants, prizes and practical training courses in Austria and all over the world.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

University Summer Course Grants

The German Academic Exchange Service offers scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The German Academic Exchange Service invites undergraduate students to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program International at Aachen University

UROP International is designed for students from North American Universities who wish to gain research experience by conducting research projects at RWTH Aachen University. It takes place during the summer months each year, between May and the end of July. UROP International at RWTH Aachen Aachen consists of three elements: 1) the programme’s core, a research internship carried out in a research facility or lab at RWTH Aachen University, supervised by academic staff, 2) research-related field trips, and 3) an intensive German language course. In addition there are leisure time activities to introduce students to German science, history and culture and get them in contact with German and international students.

External – After Graduation

Fulbright Research Grant / Teaching Assistantship

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships. 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.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country.

One interesting example of the various program types is the US teaching Assistantship at Austrian secondary schools. This program provides college graduates from the United States with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to work as secondary school teaching assistants in communities all over Austria. In addition to serving as valuable linguistic models in classroom English instruction, US teaching assistants are also valuable resources for first-hand information about the "American way of life" and informal representatives of the United States.

Austrian Marshall Plan Grants

The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation is an endowment established according to Federal legislation for foundations and funds. It aims at a transfer of knowledge between the USA and Austria in the areas of economics and social sciences. Research work is thereby commissioned and cooperation encouraged in economics and social science research projects. The Foundation benefits and supports the co-operation between Austrian and American universities and academics and offers various grants and scholarships. Find detailed information on these grants and scholarships here.