The DAAD uses funding from the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt, AA) to establish a programme to support and develop German Studies in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland.

The “Promoting German Studies” programme (PGS) was set up in 2010 and the DAAD is now publishing the guidelines for Round V. The term “German Studies” describes research and teaching about contemporary Germany (including comparative studies) and its interaction with other European countries and the world at large. The focus is on approaches based in the social sciences and/or interdisciplinary orientated cultural studies that go beyond, though do not exclude, the literary manifestations of contemporary German culture.

The objectives of the programme are:

  • to contribute to the ongoing political and cultural dialogue between the UK, Ireland and Germany;
  • to enhance cooperation between existing institutional structures in the field of German Studies so that the entire academic community in the UK and at overseas DAAD-funded Centres for German and European Studies can take maximum advantage of these and related initiatives;
  • to encourage universities in the UK and Ireland to further develop their own intellectual and financial commitment to German Studies;
  • to expand participants’ knowledge of Germany as a location for education and research by including German universities and educational as well as research institutions.

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Download: Promoting German Studies - Call for proposals (pdf, 203.87 KB)

Download: Promoting German Studies - Annex (pdf, 127.90 KB)

Download: Promoting German Studies - Project Overview Form (docx, 74.27 KB)

Download: Promoting German Studies - Finance Plan (xlsx, 45.70 KB)