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CfA: WCGS German Studies Travel Awards for Students

WCGS is now accepting applications for our travel awards (usually ranging between $500 and $750) to full-time graduate and undergraduate students who will be participating in a recognized institutional, Canadian-organized German language or cultural studies program abroad. (The program can be in Austria, Germany, or German-speaking Switzerland.) The travel awards are available to students in all disciplines. Deadline for applications is March 1.

The study abroad program must occur between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.

To apply, students must submit a one-page letter of intent and, where possible, confirmation of their participation in the study abroad program. (The confirmation can be submitted later if the student hasn’t received it by the application deadline.)

Full details on the travel awards and application procedure can be found on our website.

Past Recipients

Did you know that WCGS gave out over 30 travel awards in 2019? The awards ranged in value from $500 – $750.

 Quotes from 2019 recipients:
 “The CSSG program changed my life. It reinvigorated a love for school while fostering a deep cross-cultural interest in German.” Braedon Pauzé participated in the CSSG program and is an Honours English Literature and Philosophy student at the University of British Columbia.

From small towns to the larger cities of Leipzig and Berlin, it was wonderful. Some real highlights were the football match between Wolfsburg and Ausburg, the Berlin Philharmonic and Museumsinsel in Berlin, and the Thomanerchor in Leipzig, but especially day to day life in Kassel.” Christa Bezooyen participated in the CSSG program and is a student at the University of Alberta.

We began our trip in France where we visited several battlefields, memorials and cemeteries of the Battle of Normandy. I found our visit to the German cemetery most interesting as it told the often-overlooked German experience. While the American cemetery immediately comes to mind, most people do not realize that the largest cemetery is actually the German La Cambe Cemetery. While the American and Canadian cemeteries have bright tombstones that shine in the sun, the German cemetery has dark, solid markings lying flat in the earth. Rather than boasting numbers, the cemetery radiates permanence. I found this moving as the Germans mark their own place in the narrative.”
Veronika Mikolajewski participated in a course offered by the UWaterloo History department “History and Memory in 20th Century Europe” and is a Joint Honours English Literature and History student at the University of Waterloo.

Read more of past award recipients’ experiences here.

More InformationFor more information, contact Misty Matthews-Roper, the administrative assistant for the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.
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