The Max Kade Center

DAAD Grant Information

DAAD Grant (Contemporary German Literature Grant)

The Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature promotes the teaching and research of modern German literature and supports collaboration among American students/scholars and German-speaking writers, critics, scholars, and students in this field. Founded in 1984 by Paul Michael Lützeler, it is the only center of its kind in the US. The Center is part of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The Max Kade Center for Contemporary German Literature welcomes applications for its summer research grant to support researchers working with the Mike Lützeler Contemporary German Literature Collection in Olin Library. The grant may be used for short-term research (one to two months).



Graduate students, PhD candidates, or postdocs at US or Canadian universities who are nominated for the grant by the professor supervising the research project or curriculum. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the US or Canada, or, in the case of international students, must be enrolled in a degree program at a US or Canadian college or university and living in the US or Canada for a minimum of six months by the time of the application deadline.

All applicants are expected to have completed two years of college-level German language studies and a minimum of three courses in German Studies (literature, history, politics, or other fields).

Terms of Award

Research support ranging in value from $2,000 to $3,000 is available to individual scholarship recipients and is intended to offset living and travel costs during the active research phase.

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: March 30

  • Any awards made will be subject to the ratification of the German federal budget for the same fiscal year.
  • Applications will be accepted via email by 11:59 pm CST on the day of the deadline or earlier; late or incomplete submissions will not be processed.
  • Please note: no reasons will be provided in the case of a rejected application.

Application Guidelines

If possible all parts of the application form should be electronically generated, typewritten, or otherwise neatly printed. Signed letters of recommendation on institutional letterhead must be forwarded as PDF directly to by the issuing professor using an institutional email address.

A complete application consists of the following parts:

  • Completed DAAD application form
  • Curriculum vitae (résumé)
  • Detailed description of the research project, including a research plan, timeline, and specific start and end dates
  • Budget statement
  • List of German language and German Studies courses taken
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the professor supervising the research project or curriculum (which serves as letter of nomination). Please ask your reviewers to send a scan of the signed letter to
  • DAAD language evaluation form (“Sprachzeugnis”). The language evaluation form should be completed and signed by a faculty member of the German Department at the applicant’s institution.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed

 All complete applications must be submitted to via email.