Awards

  • Jackson Bierfeldt, a senior German major, has won the T. Kimball Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting for his Raoul Heinrich Francé collection. He was also awarded a U.S. Teaching Assistantship to Austria and a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. He chose the former. 

  • Twenty-three of our undergraduate students have been awarded Foreign Language Aquisition Grants (FLAGs) to study Germanic languages in Europe in the summer of 2017. Two undergraduates have also received BA research grants for the 2017-2018 academic year. 

  • Jake Fraser has been awarded a dissertation research fellowship by the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies for 2016-2017.

  • Matthew Johnson has been awarded a Travel and Research Grant from the Center for Jewish Studies to study at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute in Lithuania during the summer of 2016.

  • Nine of our undergraduate students have been awarded Foreign Language Aquisition Grants (FLAGs) to study Germanic languages in Europe in the summer of 2016. Six undergraduates have also received Romberg Travel Grants for intensive language study in Vienna in the summer of 2016.

  • Amy Stebbins has been awarded a Bundeskanzler Stipendium from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to develop new pedagogical strategies for teaching artistic practice with theatermakers at the Residenztheater in Munich.

  • Tamara Kamatović has been awarded a Fulbright-Mach award from the Austrian Fulbright Commission for the 2015-2016 academic year for dissertation research.

  • Three Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships have been awarded to University of Chicago graduate students for the study of Yiddish. Two of these graduate students have been awarded the Academic Year FLAS for 2015-2016, and one has been awarded the Summer FLAS for the summer of 2015.

  • Fifteen of our undergraduate students have been awarded Foreign Language Aquisition Grants (FLAGs) to study Germanic languages in the summer of 2015, making Germanic-language students disproportionally successful applicants, as only 100 FLAGs are awarded each year. One student in German and one in Norwegian have also been awarded F. Champion Ward Grants to perform BA research this summer. 

  • The following students have been awarded Dissertation-Year Fellowships for 2014/15: Stephen Haswell Todd has been awarded an Ethel and William Gofen Dissertation-Year Fellowship; Marcus Lampert has been awarded a Mellon Foundation University of Chicago Dissertation-Year Fellowship; and Andrea Wald has been awarded a Whiting Foundation Dissertation-Year Fellowship. 

  • Andrea Wald has been awarded a Visiting Junior Fellowship at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna for October to January 2013/14.

  • In the summer of 2013, 14 of our undergraduate students were awarded Foreign Language Acquisition Grants (FLAGs) to study German, making German-language students disproportionally successful applicants as only 100 FLAGs are awarded each year.
  • Peter Erickson, Joela Jacobs, and Anthony Mahler have been awarded Whiting/Franke Institute for the Humanities Dissertation-Year Fellowships for 2013/14.

  • Christopher J. Wild has been awarded the 2013 Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring, jointly nominated by the graduate students in the Department of Germanic Studies.

  • Anthony Mahler has been awarded a Stuart Tave/Whiting Teaching Fellowship for 2013-2014.

  • Bastian Reinert has received a Graduate Student Fellowship Award from the Nicholson Center for British Studies to conduct research in the British Isles in 2013, December 2012.
  • Eric L. Santner has been named the Philip and Ida Romberg Distinguished Service Professor in Germanic Studies and the College, August 2012.

  • David Levin has been named the Addie Clark Harding Professor in Germanic Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, and the College, August 2012.

  • Anthony Mahler has received a Fulbright Grant to study for the academic year 2012-2013 at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.
  • Martin Baeumel has been awarded a Whiting/Franke Institute for the Humanities (FIH) Dissertation-Year Fellowship for 2012-2013.

  • Mimmi Woisnitza has been awarded a Mellon Dissertation-Year Fellowship for 2012-2013.

  • Joela Zeller has been awarded a Jewish Studies teaching grant, sponsored jointly by the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, Fall 2012.

  • A continuously high number of our undergraduate students (2011: 17) are awarded Foreign Language Acquisition Grants (FLAGs) to study German, making German-language students disproportionally successful applicants as only 100 FLAGs are awarded each year. 

  • Leigh Ann Smith-Gary has been awarded a Provost's Dissertation-Year Fellowship for 2011-2012.

  • Hannah Eldridge has been awarded a Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2011-2012.

  • Arata Takeda has been awarded the William M. Calder III Fellowship of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for 2011–2012.

  • Eric Santner was "Gast des Direktors" at the IFK Vienna (Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften), Spring 2011. 

  • Andrew Erwin has been awarded a Franke Institute for the Humanities Fellowship for 2010-2011.

  • Katharina Loew has been awarded a Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies for 2010-2011.

  • David Wellbery was awarded the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Preis of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, August 2010.

  • Katharina Loew has been awarded a Stuart Tave/Whiting Teaching Fellowship for 2010-2011.

  • The Senate of the Universität Konstanz has voted to award David Wellbery an honorary doctorate (Ehrendoktorwürde) in 2009.

  • David Wellbery was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

  • Joel Lande has been awarded a 2009-2010 Mellon dissertation-year fellowship.

  • Katharina Loew received a Honorable Mention citation for excellence in course design by the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Chicago, 2009.

  • Amanda Norton has been awarded the 2008-2009 Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture, given by the American Council on Germany.

  • Laura Burkhauser (B.A. 2008) has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant to study in Germany in 2008/2009; and Nicole Burgoyne (B.A. 2008) and Lana Harfoush (B.A. 2008) have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants to study in Austria in 2008/2009.

  • Katharina Loew has been awarded a Stuart Tave/Whiting Teaching Fellowship for 2008-2009.

  • David Wellbery was elected to the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften), 2008.

  • In 2008, the Department of Germanic Studies awarded a record number of 18 Romberg Awards to support undergraduate language study.

  • David Wellbery has been awarded the Forschungspreis der Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. This honor, the highest granted by the Humboldt Stiftung, recognizes a cumulative scholarly achievement of unusual distinction, 2004.