Call for fellowship applications: Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies, May 31 – June 6, 2020

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Willson Center invite applications from faculty and doctoral students for fellowships to take part in the third annual Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies, which will take place May 31 – June 6, 2020. The application deadline is Friday, November 15, 2019.

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, the seminar is offered in partnership with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame and is made possible through generous support by the Max Kade Foundation.

The seminar is directed by Martin Kagel, A.G. Steer Professor of German and associate dean in the Franklin College; William Donahue, Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities and director of the Nanovic Institute; and Nicholas Allen, Abraham Baldwin Professor in the Humanities and director of the Willson Center.

The one-week residential seminar will take place in Berlin and feature distinguished speakers with expertise in European politics, economics, law, history, literature and 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.

“It was a true privilege to participate in the Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies,” said Paola De Santo, assistant professor of Italian in the UGA department of Romance languages, a 2019 alumna of the program. “The Seminar offered a rare opportunity to rethink and invigorate research and teaching programs both interdisciplinarily and in dialogue with a community of scholars, teachers and thinkers.”

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.

Detailed programs of the 2018 and 2019 seminars, 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 $1,500;
  • 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 15, 2019. Notification will follow shortly thereafter. Submit proposal as a single PDF or Word document to Dr. Lloyd Winstead (, senior associate director, Willson Center.