PD Grants and Funding

AATG Internal Professional Development Grant and Funding Opportunities

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Current Funding Opportunities through AATG

AATG Endowed Professional Development Fund Grant (Member Login Required to apply) Applications for 2023 are closed open - deadline extended until March 31

2023 Diversity and Social (In)Justice in German as a Foreign Language (DivDaF) Seminar for invited experts in-person in Leipzig, along with online forum for additional stakeholders. (Professional development seminars on this topic will be offered in Leipzig in 2024 and 2025.) Applications for the grant-funded 2023 seminar are now closed. Online asynchronous access and self-funded in-person participation available.   

AATG Tussing-Mahlkau Scholarship for AP Teacher Training, various dates in Summer 2023. (Member Login Required) -  Applications for 2023 are closed now open and are due April 1

Idioma AATG/ACTFL Convention Travel Grant (Member Login Required) - Applications for 2023 are now open and are due June 15

Internationaler Lehrerfortbildungskurs - Heidelberg University Scholarship August 2023 (Member Login Required) - Applications for 2023 are now closed open and are due April 15

Discounted AVANT Proficiency Tests and Standards Training

All AATG Annual Programs

External PD Grant Opportunities

Women in German PD Grants

WiG Faculty Research Award

The purpose of this award is to nurture and sustain feminist research and publication in German Studies. Eligibility: All faculty are eligible to apply for the award, but preference will be given to faculty at mid-career, with the expectation that the award can facilitate research leading to promotion to full professor. Applicants must be members of Women in German. One award in the amount of $1500 will be granted.

WiG Professional Development Award for Contingent Faculty

Recognizing that contingent faculty members comprise two-thirds of teaching faculty at colleges and universities today and that these faculty members often lack access to traditional funding sources, Women in German offers funding specifically for contingent faculty. One award in the amount of $1500 will be granted each year to support professional development opportunities or projects relevant to feminist German Studies.

NFMLTA Travel Support Grants

Instituted in 2017 by the NFMLTA and the MLJ, this Conference Presentation Support grant is intended to help defray the costs of conference attendance by foreign language professionals. Questions about the grants and/or the application process, please contact: nfmlta.director@gmail.com


Fellowship and Grant Database of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research

Visit Austria’s biggest online database for scholarships and research grants for all academic areas. Financial support options for undergraduates, graduates, teachers, and researchers range from classical grants and scholarships, allowances and prizes to extensive national, European and international research support programs. The OeAD grants database offers a robust search interface, so you can find specific entries that suit your needs. Follow the links "To Austria" then Grants and Scholarships to start your search.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Programs

With two grant programs, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers prospective leaders and highly-qualified scientists and scholars from abroad the opportunity to conduct a project or to spend extended periods of research in Germany.

The German Chancellor Scholarships - German Chancellor Scholarships Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards ten German Chancellor Fellowships annually to young professionals in the private, public, not-for-profit, cultural and academic sectors who are citizens of the United States and is seeking applications. The German Chancellor Fellowship provides for a stay of one year in Germany for professional development, study, or research; applicants design individual projects and decide at which institutions or organizations to pursue them. Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite. Details and application instructions.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers - Submit an application if you are a researcher from abroad with above average qualifications, at the beginning of your academic career and only completed your doctorate in the last four years. A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out a long-term research project (6-24 months) you have selected yourself in cooperation with an academic host you have selected yourself at a research institution in Germany. Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly at any time. The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 600 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually. Short-term study visits, participation in congresses and training courses cannot be financed. Details and application instructions.

AICGS Visiting Fellows Program

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) Visiting Fellows Program is designed to provide scholars and specialists with a base while conducting their research in Washington, D.C. Visiting Fellows should be working on issues related to the AICGS mission, which is to strengthen the German-American relationship in an evolving Europe and changing world. Applications are accepted year round. For more details and application materials, visit the AICGS website.

Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies

The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies offers up to one year of research support at the Freie Universität Berlin. It is open to scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on German and European history since the mid-18th century. Co-Sponsored by the German Studies Associaition.

Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies Grant and Fellowship Program

The Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies (“BIAAS”) awards a fellowship and seeks grant proposals for projects aimed at promoting an understanding of the historic relationship between the United States and Austria.

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program

The Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program is a distinguished transatlantic initiative that each year offers a select cohort of accomplished young Americans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Germany. Fellows are recruited from business administration, journalism, law, public policy and closely related fields. No German language skills are required at the time of application. 

Teaching Ambassador Fellowship through US Department of Education

The year-long Teaching Ambassador Fellowship supports the Department’s mission by employing a cadre of outstanding teachers to contribute their classroom expertise to the national dialogue and in turn facilitate discussions with educators across the country. For the Fellows, the program adds greater knowledge of educational policy and leadership to their toolkits to contribute to solutions at all levels for long intractable challenges in education. 

DAAD Grants for Graduate Students

Explore the various grants and fellowships offered to current and recently graduated, advanced degree students in diverse fields by the German Academic Exchange Service. Opportunities include study scholarships, research grants for students, internships, and intensive language courses.

DAAD Grants for PhD and Postdoctoral Students

Explore the various grants and fellowships offered to scholars and professionals by the German Academic Exchange Service, including general scholarships, summer seminars, internships, intensive language courses, and research grants in partnership with other research institutions such as AICGS, DLR, and Leibniz.

DAAD Grants for Faculty and Researchers

Explore the various grants and fellowships offered to faculty by the German Academic Exchange Service. Faculty support ranges from funding for conferences to language programs in Germany.

Fulbright Opportunities

The Fulbright Commission promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions abroad. Find more information about Fulbright opportunities to German-speaking countries on the Fulbright website:
Fulbright Scholar Program website

Fulbright Commission website 

German Historical Institute Programs and Fellowships

The institute offers a variety of grants and programs for young scholars across a variety of historical focus areas, including Economic, Social, Business, and German-Jewish History. Find more information on the German Historical Institute website.

GHI Fellowships at the Horner Library 

International Parliamentary Scholarship

The International Parliamentary Scholarship program offers an exciting opportunity for young people to gain invaluable experience by living, studying, and working abroad in the vibrant and modern city of Berlin. In collaboration with Berlin’s three major universities, the German Bundestag offers the International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to politically active and dedicated young college graduates who wish to play an important role in shaping the future of their countries. Participants gain first-hand knowledge of Germany’s parliamentary system and political decision-making during a 5-month work placement with a Member of the German Parliament, to take place March 1 through July 31. Participants will also have the chance to enroll in university classes during the summer semester, spending a total of five months in the German capital. This program is open to university graduates who are US citizens and have a very good knowledge of the German language. Candidates should also be familiar with the basic features of the German governmental system. Find more details on the program and download an application form at www.bundestag.de/ips. The deadline for application is June 30.

Max Planck Society Research Scholarships

To foster individual research projects, the Max Planck Society offers foreign researchers - doctoral students, post-docs, and professors - the possibility of obtaining a scholarship. These scholarships are typically granted for a period of between two and four months. Preference is given to those researchers whose work promotes and advances the goals of the research program and the research focuses of the Institute. Applications are due on May 31 of the year before the research visit takes place. Find more information on the Max-Planck-Institut website.