Departmental Scholarship Opportunities
We provide funding to help our majors and minors study abroad and conduct research. The competitive Engel Scholarships support study abroad for a semester ($2500) or entire academic year ($5000). German Studies Undergraduate Research Awards ($1000) are given to German Studies majors and minors pursuing original research or creative projects under the general guidance of a KU faculty member or another approved mentor. The department is also able to provide some financial support for German Studies majors and minors who participate in our Summer Language Institutes in Eutin and Holzkirchen.
International Scholarship Opportunities
Students interested in applying for financial aid in general should consult the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
Fulbright Study/Research Awards, including awards in the fields of business, journalism, sciences, and public health.
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships: "An English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture."
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service): Undergraduate Scholarship, Study Scholarship, RISE: Research Internship in Science and Engineering, University Summer Course Grant, internXchange (11-week summer program in Berlin for American journalism and communications students), Study and Internship Program (SIP), etc.
Deutscher Bundestag International Parliamentary Scholarship: For students with a strong interest in politics who want the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany's system of parliamentary government.
Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for further information on the opportunities listed above.
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Rresearch and teaching interests: Dr. Vanchena's current research focuses on German immigrant culture in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is creating a scholarly digital archive of poems written by German Americans during the First World War. She uses this poetry to examine how German immigrants and their descendants defined their national identity from 1914 to 1918. She also engages with the local history museum to study the Turner movement in Lawrence, KS. Dr. Vanchena teaches courses on the German-American experience, German-language literature, and contemporary German-speaking Europe. She regularly teaches lower-level and advanced online courses for the BGS degree completion program.