Call for fellowship applications: Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies, May 27-June 2, 2018

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts invite applications for fellowships as part of a new professional development initiative, the Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies. The seminar is open to advanced PhD students and faculty of all ranks and from all disciplines at the University of Georgia. It is a joint initiative in partnership with the University of Notre Dame and made possible through generous support by the Max Kade Foundation. 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 chair of the department of German and Russian languages and literatures at the University of Notre Dame; and Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and director of the Willson Center.

The one-week seminar will take place in Berlin and feature distinguished speakers with expertise in German and European politics, economics, history, literature or the arts. Speakers will give lectures in morning sessions and work with seminar participants on pre-assigned readings in the afternoon. 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 hopes 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.

This initiative is in support of UGA’s membership of the Council for European Studies, whose dual meeting this year is on the theme of Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values and Citizenship. 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 Monday, January 8, 2018. Notification will follow shortly thereafter. Submit proposal as a single PDF or Word document to Dr. Lloyd Winstead (, senior associate director, Willson Center.