Call for fellowship applications: Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies, June 2-9, 2019


Call for fellowship applications: Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies, June 2-9, 2019

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts invite applications for fellowships to take part in the second annual Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies. The seminar is a professional development initiative that is open to advanced PhD students and faculty of all ranks and from all disciplines at the University of Georgia. It is offered in partnership with the University of Notre Dame and is made possible through generous support by the Max Kade Foundation and by a State-of-the-Art Conference Grant from the Office of the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at UGA.

The seminar is directed by Martin Kagel, A.G. Steer Professor of Germanic and Slavic studies and associate dean of the Franklin College; William Donahue, Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame; and Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and director of the UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

The one-week seminar will take place in Berlin and feature distinguished speakers with expertise in European politics, economics, history, literature or the arts. Speakers will give introductory presentations followed by extensive discussion with seminar participants based in part on pre-assigned readings. The seminar will also use the city of Berlin as a location exemplifying transnational Europe and the program will include short excursions and the attendance of cultural events.

The goal of the seminar is to expand knowledge and understanding of transnational Europe among U.S. based scholars, advancing the discourse on campus on issues related to Europe, the EU, and Germany’s role in the European Union. Within this larger context, the seminar aims to initiate new research projects and curricular innovation, including collaboration between faculty from the two participating institutions, the University of Georgia and the University of Notre Dame.

Applications are encouraged from faculty and graduate students whose field of transnational study may be relevant to, but not necessarily grounded in, the study of Europe.

A detailed program of the 2018 seminar, including testimonials from faculty and graduate students, can be found at

This initiative is in support of UGA’s membership of the Council for European Studies. For more information on opportunities connected to the Council for European Studies or about this seminar, please contact Martin Kagel at

The award includes:

  • a flight subsidy of up to $1200;
  • hotel accommodation in Berlin for the duration of the seminar;
  • expenses for public transportation in Berlin, as well as for materials, cultural events, and most meals.


All applicants

  • List name, faculty rank or year in Ph.D. program, department and college
  • Research and teaching agenda (1-2 pages)
    • Explain why the Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies will benefit your research;
    • Describe a curricular innovation or teaching-related activity you would likely implement in the wake of the seminar to support transnational European studies on campus;
  • Attach a brief CV (max. three pages).

For graduate student applicants

  • Include a letter of recommendation from your major professor or graduate coordinator.

Deadline and Submission
Application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2018. Notification will follow shortly thereafter. Submit proposal as a single PDF or Word document to Dr. Lloyd Winstead (, senior associate director, Willson Center.

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