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Overview

scholarshipsThe Department of German is grateful for generous gifts from former students and colleagues who have enabled us to provide financial assistance to some of our very best students as they pursue German studies both on campus in Pittsburgh and abroad. We also are proud to recognize the achievements of a large number of students from elementary through senior-level courses who are the recipients of awards in the annual departmental essay contest.

 

The following are department-specific scholarships and awards. For a more comprehensive, searchable list of domestic and international study and research opportunities, sources of funding, scholarships, fellowships, internships, programs abroad, and more, click here.

 

To see recent scholarships awarded to Pitt German undergraduate students, click here.

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.

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. The recipients are selected by the faculty of the Department of German.

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.

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. The recipient is selected by the faculty of the Department of German.

Pitt External Scholarships

There are numerous organizations outside the University of Pittsburgh that also provide generous scholarships for study in Germany. Some of these include the German Academic Exchange Service (the DAAD), the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the CDS, and the Fulbright. Please see the Director of Undergraduate Studies for more information on these.

Recent Undergraduate Scholarship Awards

  • 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.