Graduate Fellowship: University of Bonn, Germany

UW–Madison Graduate Student Fellowship Program at University of Bonn, Germany: The University of Bonn, Germany, will offer one academic year award and several short-term awards to UW–Madison advanced graduate students who wish to pursue independent research under the guidance of a senior faculty member. Although there is no general minimum language skills requirement, German skills should be commensurate with the needs of the project.

About the University of Bonn:  This research university is considered one of Europe’s top institutes of higher education. Traditionally, UW–Madison applicants have come primarily from the humanities and social sciences, but Bonn is recognized as a leader in mathematics, physics, chemistry, pharmaceutical research, and life- and neurosciences, with strengths also in an international computer sciences program.

Applicants should be enrolled in a doctoral program at UW–Madison. Preference will be given to dissertators; however, graduate students who have not yet passed preliminary examinations for the Ph.D. will be considered. The awards are not tenable for use after a terminal Master’s Degree. For more information, go to the University of Bonn website.

Academic year award: There is a stipend of approximately 10,000 Euro for the year for a PhD student, or 7,500 Euro for a MA student (pending confirmation of funds). There is a Sozialbeitrag of approx. 275 Euros that all students have to pay per semester; the cost includes a public transportation pass. Recipients who are dissertators will need to enroll through UW–Madison’s International Academic Programs in a study abroad course to maintain enrollment and to be covered by the health insurance required by the Board of Regents. Personal funds will be needed to cover international travel, UW-Madison fees and tuition. Recipients will be expected to reside in Bonn. Although travel to other locations within Germany for research purposes is acceptable, students are expected to spend the majority of their research stay in Bonn.

Short-term awards: Several short-term awards are available, with duration dependent on project needs (e.g., one or two months, or one semester). Dissertators will be given preference; however, graduate students who have not yet passed preliminary examinations for the Ph.D. will be considered. The awards are not tenable for use after a terminal Master’s Degree. The awards provide a maintenance allowance of approximately 1000 Euro per month for a PhD level candidate, or 750 Euro per month for an MA level candidate (pending confirmation of funds). Recipients are required to pay the Sozialbeitrag of approx. 275 Euros; the cost includes a public transportation pass. Recipients will be expected to reside in Bonn. Although travel to other locations within Germany for research purposes is acceptable, students are expected to spend the majority of their research stay in Bonn. PLEASE NOTE: Summer research is possible only in the summer 2017; short-term awards is to be conducted between January, 2017 through December, 2017 (in other words, no short term research can start in 2016).

Depending on when research will be conducted and length of stay, short term recipients who are dissertators might need to enroll through UW–Madison’s International Academic Programs in a graduate study abroad course to maintain enrollment and to be covered by health insurance required by the Board of Regents; this will be discussed once an award has been made. Dissertators who are pursuing research during the summer months and were enrolled in the preceding semester do not need to enroll for the summer semester.

Personal funds will be needed to cover international travel (and UW-Madison fees and tuition when appropriate). The application proposal for a short-term award should specify the amount of time requested for the project and include a justification.

Applications for the two types of awards are separate and should clearly be identified as either for an academic year award or a short-term award. A complete application for either type of award consists of:

  • A two-page summary statement describing the research to be pursued at University of Bonn;
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  • A letter of support from the major advisor endorsing the candidacy, plus one other letter of support;
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (these can be copies of official transcripts as long as they are clearly legible; UW-Madison Student Record is not the official transcript, but is acceptable for the campus competition. A copy of an official transcript would be required for Bonn, if chosen for an award.)

Submission instructions:
All student application materials should be sent as a single PDF to fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu. The subject line of the email should have student’s last name and the type of award.
Each letter of recommendation should be emailed by the recommender as a PDF directly to fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu . The subject line of the email should have student’s last name and the type of award.
Candidates who are accepted for the Bonn exchange award will need to provide a copy of their Undergraduate diploma to Bonn (this may be waived for short-term awards).

The extended deadline for the short term application is 12:00PM Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Complete applications should be submitted as PDFs to Dr. Erin Crawley via fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu.

Please contact Dr. Crawley if you have any questions about the competition: Phone: 608-262- 9632; email: fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu.

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