Funding for Teaching and Research in Germany

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response: Learn how the European Studies Center is working under the current operational posture at ucis.pitt.edu/esc/covid.

Grant Program for Faculty Research or Teaching in Germany

Historical and contemporary developments involving education, society, domestic politics, and the international relations of Germany are a special focus of the ESC.  With the support of the University Center for International Studies  (UCIS), ESC administers a grant program to help faculty carry out individual or collaborative research or teaching in Germany. 

Faculty are encouraged to submit proposals devoted to projects in and about Germany.  Faculty whose focus is not currently Germany but who are interested in adding this dimension to their research or teaching are encouraged to apply.  Proposals can involve individual or collaborative research projects or to support visits--including for teaching-- between faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and faculty or researchers at German institutions.  Of particular interests are projects involving faculty and graduate students at collaborating institutions and those projects likely to lead to applications for external grant funding and/or publication. 

Proposals advancing longer-term partnerships or institutional relationships between Pitt and institutions in Germany are particularly encouraged.

That said, priority for funding will be given for projects that are new or substantively different from previously-funded projects.  This is not meant to sustain on-going, long-term projects past one or two cycles.

Deadline: January 29, 2021 (subject to COVID-19-related travel restrictions - see below).

Application Procedure
Grants awarded typically range between $3,000 and $8,000.

Full-time and part-time tenure-stream, tenured and non tenure-stream faculty  (including lecturers and contract faculty) at the University of Pittsburgh from all schools, centers, and campuses are eligible to submit a proposal.  Adjunct and visiting faculty are not eligible.

To apply, please complete the Application for Faculty Research or Teaching in Germany on Submittable. You will need to upload an estimated budget detailing all expected costs and specifying the amount requested from ESC.  Faculty applying for research should include a description of the project of no more than five pages. The description should include a section detailing how these funds will be used to advance the project.  People applying for teaching time should provide a description of the course(s) to be taught, syllabi if available, and a copy of the invitation from the institution(s) where the course(s) will be taught.  Please also upload a current curriculum vitae

Under requirements of the University of Pittsburgh, all applicants must gain Institutional Review Board (IRB) clearance or exemption before awards supporting research may be given.  Grantees are responsible for obtaining IRB approval or exemption, and must provide documentation of IRB approval before a grant can be awarded.  For further information, see http://www.irb.pitt.edu/

Grantees will be asked to submit a final report explaining the use of the funds and the outcomes of the supported activity.  They may also be asked to write a short article for the ESC newsletter. 

Please contact Allyson Delnore, ESC Associate Director, for further information about eligibility at adelnore@pitt.edu.

For questions about the application process, please contact Iris Matijevic, Activites, Events, and Partnerships Coordinator at irm24@pitt.edu

Please review the Post Award Guidelines prior to submitting your application.

Update for 2020-2021 funding opportunities:

According to University guidelines, the ESC will be able to fund research and travel experiences in certain circumstances, starting with your home campus being in a Guarded rather than an Elevated or High posture at the time of travel.  Any faculty or graduate student research grant awarded for Summer 2021 that involves travel will be contingent upon public safety recommendations by the CDC and the Department of State and subject to University policy (see below). Grantees will be instructed to await approval before purchasing flights or making any other non-refundable expenditures related to the research trip.  Failure to do so may result in expenses that result from a cancellation not being reimbursed.  Even after purchase, University travel can only take place if certain conditions are met at the time of departure.  Local guidelines may also require self-isolation or quarantine periods that grantees should expect to bear the costs of themselves.  The ESC will not cover any expenses associated with mandated self-isolation or quarantine periods in a destination country or upon return to the United States. Please email Allyson Delnore, Associate Director (adelnore@pitt.edu) or Iris Matijevic, Activities, Events, and Partnerships Coordinator (irm24@pitt.edu) if you have any questions.

Please also take note of the University's Standards and Guidelines impacting "Fieldwork and Research Travel"