Jointly with other organizations, the DGfA/GAAS offers several prestigious awards and fellowships. Have a look at the list below, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions!


Fulbright American Studies Award

Mit dem American Studies Award wendet sich Fulbright Germany an jüngere deutsche Wissenschaftler*innen, die zum Zeitpunkt der Antragstellung mindestens in der Endphase ihrer Promotion stehen und einen USA-Aufenthalt zu Forschungszwecken für ein neues Projekt durchführen möchten. Mit dem Award werden sowohl bereits geleistete Forschungsarbeiten honoriert als auch das zukünftige größere Forschungsvorhaben gefördert:
• Arbeiten im Zusammenhang mit einer Habilitation
• Arbeiten, die sich auf ein Buch- oder Forschungsprojekt in der Postdoc-Phase beziehen
• Forschungsvorhaben in der Endphase der Promotion

Gefördert werden wissenschaftliche Arbeiten aus der interdisziplinären Breite der American Studies.
Stipendiendauer und -höhe: Der Forschungsaufenthalt in den USA sollte mindestens 6 Wochen betragen. Bei aufwändigeren Forschungsarbeiten können diese auch auf zwei (möglichst mehrwöchige) USA-Aufenthalte aufgeteilt werden. Die Gesamtsumme des Award beträgt € 10.000. Davon werden € 8.000 von Fulbright Germany und € 2.000 von der DGfA bereitgestellt. Der Award beinhaltet darüber hinaus keine zusätzlichen Leistungen.

Formale Bewerbungsvoraussetzungen: Die deutschen Bewerber*innen führen ihre wissenschaftliche Arbeit an einer deutschen Universität oder Hochschule durch und kehren nach Abschluss ihrer Forschungsarbeiten in den USA an diese Hochschule zurück.

Die Bewerber*innen sind selbst für die Auswahl einer amerikanischen Gastinstitution (Universität oder vergleichbare Einrichtung) und für die Koordination sowie Betreuung des Forschungsvorhabens vor Ort zuständig. Er*sie trifft selbständig alle Vorbereitungen für die Reise (Buchung des Fluges, Reiseversicherung, ESTA-Reiseanmeldung etc.) und ist selbst auch für die organisatorischen Modalitäten verantwortlich, wie sie beispielsweise im Zusammenhang mit einem Visum anfallen können.
Der*die Preisträger*in ist verpflichtet, innerhalb von sechs Monaten nach Abschluss des Forschungsaufenthaltes der DGfA einen inhaltlichen und finanziellen Abschlussbericht zur Verfügung zu stellen, die diesen an Fulbright Germany weiterleiten wird.

Eine vollständige Bewerbung beinhaltet:
• Lebenslauf
• Publikationsliste
• Exposé des geplanten Forschungsvorhabens in den USA
• Zeitplan des Vorhabens
• Finanzierungsplan
• Einladung der U.S.-Gasthochschule
• Zwei akademische Gutachten

Chancengleichheit, Diversität, Inklusion sowie Bildungsgerechtigkeit gehören zu den Grundprinzipien von Fulbright Germany. Die Bewerbung ist offen für alle Personen unabhängig von Geschlecht, Sexualität, Ethnizität, Religion oder Weltanschauung, ability, Alter, gesellschaftlichem Status und anderen Differenzmerkmalen.

Alle Bewerbungsunterlagen sind in englischer Sprache per E-Mail bei der Vizepräsidentin der DGfA einzureichen. Detailliertere Informationen zum Fulbright American Studies Award und dem Bewerbungsverfahren finden Sie unter: https://dgfa.de/category/opportunities/

Die Bewerbungen sind an die Vizepräsidentin der DGfA zu schicken.

Deadline: Die Deadline für dieses Stipendium fällt i.d.R. auf den 1. März.

Auswahl: Der:die Preisträger*in wird vom Vorstand der DGfA in Abstimmung mit Fulbright Germany ausgewählt.

John W. Kluge Center Fellowship at the Library of Congress

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress offers the opportunity for German scholars to work on specific research projects at the Library of Congress. The purpose of this Fellowship is to enable young scholars from Germany to conduct independent research using the collections of the Library of Congress. At the postdoctoral as well as the Ph.D. level, interested scholars may apply for a Fellowship for 6-12 months. The John W. Kluge Center will offer a workplace with in-kind benefits to successful applicants who are able to secure an appropriate level of funding. Information about funding application options in Germany will be available on request.

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with nearly 145 million items on approximately 745 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 33 million books and other print materials, 3 million recordings, 12.5 million photographs, 5.3 million maps, 6 million pieces of sheet music and 63 million manuscripts, which cover a broad range of subjects from Naval Science to Fine Arts. The scholars are based at the John W. Kluge Center, located within the Library. The Center offers high quality research accommodation for scholars from across the world with a shared interest in exploring the extensive collections held by the Library. Potential applicants can access the collection catalogue by using the following link: http://catalog.loc.gov/. To strengthen your application, speak with a Librarian, who is able to direct you to unique materials within the Library's holdings. See “Ask a Librarian” at http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/index.html.

During the Fellowship term the library will provide a workspace, facilitated access to the collections, databases, and access to the curators of the Library. The German scholars will be supported with all services offered to Fellows at these levels in residence at the John W. Kluge Center. The Kluge Center will also provide organizational help for visa, housing etc. Candidates are welcomed especially from disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences, with the greatest strengths in the humanities.

Research proposals that are relevant to the study of North America are significant in this context, but other proposals may be equally meaningful. The projects proposed should be of a kind to benefit from the Library of Congress collections. Selection criteria include not only the quality of the project proposal but also identification of specific Library collections materials that are useful to the project and that can only be found at the Library of Congress. Of special interest to the Library, but not a requirement, would be studies that use materials in languages other than English and the audio-visual collections, including film and sound recordings. For an assessment of suitable Library research areas and collections, the publicly available resources should be used. The proposed research will need to demonstrate how the Kluge Center research period would add value to a fellow’s existing work.

Potential applicants may send an e-mail with their curriculum vitae to the vice president of the DGfA. They will then receive a proposal form. Applicants from Bavarian universities will be eligible for the John W. Kluge Center Fellowship of the Bavarian American Academy.

All applications should be sent to the Vice President of the GAAS.

Deadline: Applications are usually due on March 1.

Application Procedure: All applications should be sent to the Vice President of the GAAS. The application and selection procedures are conducted jointly by the GAAS and the Kluge Center.

Christoph Daniel Ebeling Fellowship der DGfA und der AAS

In cooperation with the American Antiquarian Society (AAS), the DGfA offers one fellowship to support research at AAS by doctoral and postdoctoral candidates in American Studies at German universities. The American Antiquarian Society’s preeminent collections offer broad research opportunities in American history and culture through the year 1876. The one-month to two-months residence in Worcester, Massachusetts, provides an opportunity not only for research in collections that are extraordinarily comprehensive but also for collegial discussion and exchange with staff and other fellows, faculty in area colleges and universities, and other scholars visiting AAS from all over the United States and abroad.

Grant Benefits: The grant sum for the AAS-DGfA Fellowship, a maximum amount of Euro 1,800, is meant to cover travel expenses and board for a one- to two-month residence in Worcester, Massachusetts. Fellows will be provided housing free of charge in the AAS fellows’ residence at 9 Regent Street, directly behind the library building. Many opportunities for collegiality center around 9 Regent St., where the Society’s seminars, colloquia, and informal gatherings of fellows, staff, and visiting scholars take place. All Fellows have priority in reserving AAS accommodations, but doing so is not a requirement for holding a fellowship. When requested, the staff will do its best to suggest suitable alternative accommodations elsewhere in Worcester.

Eligibility: The AAS-GAAS Fellowship is open to German citizens or permanent residents at the postgraduate or postdoctoral stages of their careers. The Fellow will be selected on the basis of the applicant’s scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project within the field of American Studies in general and its German context, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society’s collections.

All applications should be sent to the Vice President of the GAAS.

Deadline: Applications are usually due on March 1. 

Application Procedure: All applications should be sent to the Vice President of the GAAS. The application and selection procedures are conducted jointly by the Executive Board and the AAS. General information about the AAS, the collection, and the fellowship program may be obtained from the society’s website (www.americanantiquarian.org).

Diversity Fellowships (Travel Grants for Ph.D. Students)

As a measure to enhance diversity within the German Association for American Studies (GAAS), the GAAS will award four travel grants for Ph.D. students who are members of the GAAS and who plan to attend the GAAS Annual Meeting. We especially encourage applications from Ph.D. students who are structurally disadvantaged and who may face professional marginalization. Criteria include, among others, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion or worldview, (dis)ability, age, and social status.

Applications include: Short description of Ph.D. project (c. 500 words), CV, and a brief narrative self-positioning that demonstrates the applicant’s eligibility to the goals of this grant (c. 250 words). In addition to the self-positioning, the quality of the Ph.D. project will be important for a successful application.

Successful applications will be awarded a 250 Euro fellowship to be used for covering the cost of travel to attend the GAAS annual meeting.

All applications should be sent to the Vice President of the GAAS.

Deadline: Applications usually are due on April 1.

Application Procedure and Deadline: The application and selection procedures are conducted jointly by the Executive Board and the speakers of the Diversity Roundtable.