Center for German & European Studies

A German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Center of Excellence

Welcome to one of the nation's top centers for innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research on Germany and Europe. The Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) promotes knowledge about Germany and Europe among established and emerging scholars, students, K–12 teachers, policymakers, business leaders and other professionals, and the general public.

First established in 1998 as a consortium of the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the two universities, the Minnesota site became a stand-alone center in 2008. It is one of only six "Centers of Excellence" the DAAD helped create in the United States. The other five centers are at Harvard, Brandeis, Georgetown, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin. Each center has a unique profile.

In politics, diplomacy, economics, and culture, Germany and Europe remain America's key allies. Yet t he signposts guiding American thinking about Germany and Europe have undergone dramatic change in the past several decades. CGES research, training, and educational programs improve knowledge among teachers and students, strengthen innovative research, and yield significant economic and policy advantages.


2016 Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute on
"Reframing Mass Violence in Europe and the Americas: The Holocaust & Global Memory Constellations"
University of Bayreuth, Germany, June 12-19, 2016

The Center for German & European Studies is pleased to announce a new Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute for advanced graduate students from North American and European universities. This years topic is "Reframing Mass Violence in Europe and the Americas: The Holocaust & Global Memory Constellations." The Institute will be held at Universit├Ąt Bayreuth in Bayreuth, Germany. The faculty leaders are Bernt Schnettler (Sociology, University of Bayreuth) and Alejandro Baer (Sociology, University of Minnesota). For more details about the course, the applications procedures and support available for participants, see the TASI web page.

Application deadline is Friday, March 11, 2016.


2016 Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship for German and European Studies

The Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship provides summer support in the amount of $5,000 (funds may also be used for travel) to full-time graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts who specialize in German & European Studies. Two kinds of fellowships are available:
- Fellowships for outstanding incoming students at time of recruitment to be nominated by departments. Nomination deadline: February 22, 2016.
Fellowships for outstanding advanced Ph.D. students. Students apply directly to CGES. Application deadline: March 11, 2016.

For more information about the fellowships, eligibility requirements and about the nomination and application process, see the Mears Fellowship web page.



Center for German & European Studies
University of Minnesota
214 Social Sciences Building
267 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: (612) 626-7705

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