The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures provides all students admitted into the program with full financial support for a minimum of six years. This includes funding for conference participation, summer language study, and study abroad. Numerous opportunities for additional funding exist, such as the summer fellowships at the Humanities Digital Workshop or the Center for the Humanities Graduate Student Fellowship, which provides supplementary stipend for completion of the dissertation. Our funding packages are competitive with those of other top-ranked departments, and we are committed to ensuring that financial considerations play no role in student decisions about where to pursue their degrees.
The department has four endowed fellowships, which it grants to outstanding students:
- The Egon Schwarz Fellowship
- The Otto Heller Fellowship
- The Reinhard Piper Fellowship
- The Suhrkamp Fellowship
In addition, Washington University offers two competitive fellowships for outstanding students in select target groups.
Our students have also had excellent success in their applications for outside funding from such agencies as the DAAD, Fulbright, and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies.