Department of Germanic Studies

Financial Aid: Department and University Sources

Several awards are available to graduate students in the Department, for support for professional activities .

Max Kade Graduate Fellowship (for incoming students)

With the support of the Max Kade Foundation, the Department of Germanic Studies is able to offer one Max Kade Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $14,000 plus tuition fee remission for an incoming graduate student in the fall  term. Subsequent support will be available through a Teaching Assistant or Assistant Instructor position.

The recipient of the Kade may not work off campus during the long session covered by the Fellowship;
work on campus is restricted to ten hours a week.

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their previous work in German (MA or BA) and their potential for scholarship in German Studies. In addition to the standard application to the graduate program, program applicants who are selected as candidates  for a Max Kade Fellowship will be asked to submit the following documentation to the department:

  • a one page statement explaining how they are uniquely qualified for a Max Kade Fellowship
  • a complete academic CV
  • a sample of scholarly writing (in either German or English) of no more than 20 pages (if not already submitted with the application)
Receiving the Max Kade Fellowship is dependent on the following:
  • application and acceptance to the graduate program of the Department of Germanic Studies (by the 1 January date)
  • enrollment in at least nine course credits per semester in the Department of Germanic Studies
  • approval by the graduate adviser of all course enrollments as consistent with the goals of the Max Kade Fellowship program

Candidates for the Kade Fellowship will be notified about submitting additional documentation by mid-February each year. For further information, please contact Prof. Sabine Hake.

The Robert T. Clark Achievement Award

This prize is given for the best graduate essay submitted to the awards committee. A list of prior recipients of the Clark Award is available from the Graduate Coordinator.


  1. The candidate must be a graduate student in the Department of Germanic Studies.
  2. The award is a sum of money to be conferred annually for a distinguished essay in literary criticism or Germanic linguistics. The recipient of the prize will also receive the assistance of the awarding committee in preparing the essay for publication and in identifying publications most likely to accept the essay.
  3. The essay may be written either in English or in German. It should not be more than 5,000 words in length, excluding footnotes, but in exceptional cases greater length, up to 7,500 words, will be no disqualification.
  4. Each candidate should submit one essay only. Unless written especially for the award, the essay can be chosen from papers written during the year preceding submission (that is, during the preceding spring, summer, and fall semesters). Completed work from the spring semester in which the award is made is also admissible.
  5. The essay shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the Committee on Fellowships and Assistantships (through the graduate coordinator), and the award (if any) will be made upon that Committee's recommendation. If a special award committee is appointed, its recommendation shall be communicated through the Committee on Fellowships and Assistantships.

The Helmut and June Rehder Graduate Scholarship

This honor is bestowed upon the graduate student who has excelled academically and in activities that serve the Department including initiatives and enterprises that do honorable service to the life of the University as a whole. This award is to be given to a student who continues his studies in Germanic literature or linguistics during the ensuant year. Based on a tally of the nominations and consideration of the teaching evaluations of the graduates, the Committee on Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships will nominate a person to the Chairman of the Department, who will announce that nomination and the Department's award of the scholarship. A list of prior recipients of the Rehder Scholarship is available from the Graduate Coordinator.

Endowed Graduate Fellowship

This fellowship is dedicated to providing research and travel assistance. It is in its early phase and has to this point provided travel grants to students who have had papers accepted to present at national meetings of professional societies, as a significant assistance to their professional development.

Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS)

The UT Office of Student Financial Services is a source of information about how to finance your education.  Don't overlook this office:

Physical Location:

Student Services Building 3.200
100 West Dean Keeton Street
Campus mail code: E3700

Mail Contact:

P. O. Box 7758
Austin, TX 78713-7758
Telephone: (512) 475-6282
Fax: (512) 475-6296

Request their Application Guide: Steps to Financing Your Education. You will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While their resources are limited and they receive many applications, you may get some assistance in one or more of several forms Students who apply for financial aid using the FAFSA are eligible for all federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs offered by the OSFS, except the Federal Pell Grant. These include:

  1. Gift aid: state and institutional grant or scholarship funds
  2. Self-help aid: student loans, both need-based and non-need-based. Most graduate students will be eligible for student loans through the Federal Family Educational Loan Program (FFELP).

In addition, the Office of Student Financial Services is authorized to grant interest-free short-term loans for emergency or tuition assistance purposes. Such loans could be useful if you are expecting money which has not arrived when you need it.

Other sources of support

The OSFS can assist you in searching for other private foundations and government agencies which offer a panoply of fellowship, grant, and loan funds to help you finance your graduate education. In addition to their own web page, they recommend The Financial Aid Page, maintained by M. Kantrowitz. The graduate advisor makes such relevant sources known to students in residence, primarily by posting notices on the Graduate Program bulletin board.

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