Funding for Teaching and Research in Germany

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.

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 two or three cycles.

Deadline: TBD per COVID-19 restrictions.

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.  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 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

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

For questions about the application process, please contact Iris Matijevic, Activites, Events, and Partnerships Coordinator at

Allowable Expenses

  • Ground and air transportation to and from research site, lodging.
  • On-campus and on-site research assistance (work study, translator, etc.).
  • Copy and other duplication costs.
  • Books and subscriptions, if justifiably necessary for the research project.
  • Ground and air transportation to and from the conference or workshop site.
  • Visa expenses.
  • Lodging and meal expenses.
  • Duplication of papers for use at the conference or workshop.
  • Registration fee for conference or workshop.
  • Payment to foreign national firms for services provided outside the United States

Non-allowable Expenses

  • Payment to foreign national individuals for services provided outside the United States
  • Equipment
  • Any conference travel expenses if applicant does not present a paper at conference or workshop
  • Membership fees
  • Any expenses unrelated to the proposed activities