Applications now open for Gerhild Scholz Williams Award

The German Department is pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity, named in honor of Professor Gerhild Scholz Williams for her contributions to the field of German Studies, provided by David and Barbara Schaps Thomas LA'76.

The Gerhild Scholz Williams Award is an annual competitive grant of up to $2,000 for students planning to conduct summer research in a German-speaking country on a project related to German culture. It may also be used to complete a summer internship in a German-speaking country. The award may not be used to fund language courses or study abroad. Current undergraduate students at Washington University are eligible to apply; priority will be given in the selection process to students who receive need-based financial aid and to German majors and minors.

Students wishing to apply for this opportunity should send the following materials in one PDF to Professor Caroline Kita by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

  1. A research proposal (600 words) that outlines your project or internship, explains why you need to travel to a German-speaking country to complete this work, and describes your qualifications. Your proposal should also indicate how this experience fits into your larger academic trajectory at Washington University.
  2. A research plan (300 words) that provides an overview of where you will be, how long you need to be there, and what you will do during this time (your activities or responsibilities). If possible, please provide the name of a contact at the research institution or internship location where you plan to complete your work.
  3. A current unofficial transcript (downloaded from WebSTAC).
  4. A detailed budget listing approximate amounts for the following items (as necessary):
    • airfare
    • lodging
    • meals
    • ground transportation
    • research-related costs (books, photocopies, etc.).
  5. The names of 2 WashU German instructors and 1 additional WashU instructor or academic advisor who are able to speak to your academic and personal qualities. (While we are not asking you to request formal letters of recommendation from the people on your list, you should let them know that you are submitting their names as references in case we need to contact them.)

Recipients of the award will be required to complete a brief 1-2 page report upon their return in which they reflect on their experiences.

For more information about this award, please contact Professor Kita, Director of Undergraduate Studies in German.