Summer Academy in Leipzig for U.S.-American Faculty in German Studies

May 27 - June 10, 2017

Program Description

"Germany - In The Heart of Europe"

The Summer Academy offers a closer view into Germany´s current education, society and culture. Academy participants will have a unique chance to witness the build-up of the 2017 elections in Germany and the political reactions to recent waves of migration, and to years marked by economic success, academic reforms, and changes in education. Secondary and higher education are key to the future success of a competitive Germany in a European setting. Understanding these new dimensions and the current stakeholders in Germany´s society will give teachers in German studies and related fields an advantage in their own role as transatlantic moderators. The seminar is based at interDaF at Leipzig University’s Herder Institute. The program language will be German.

The Academy will give an introduction to current Germany with its varied high school scheme, its sought-after vocational training, the infamous Bologna process, demographic developments and ethnic diversity. An additional focus will be paced on teaching German as a Foreign Language. Participants will become acquainted with latest didactical methods in this field as developed and implemented at interDaF in Leipzig. The Academy will offer classroom visits and opportunities to meet colleagues from other academic fields, experts, students and administrators. An excursion program includes a day trip to Berlin. The program will present some Leipzig and regional highlights and explain current developments in this booming part of Germany.  The “Luther-Jahr”, with its 500th anniversary events, will be an opportunity to look into the formative history of reformation, and its consequences felt to this day.

Program Dates

May 27 - June 10, 2017

Departure from the USA on May 27 and arrival in Germany on May 28, 2017

Program from May 28 - June 10, 2017

Departure from Germany on June 10 and arrival in the USA on June 10, 2017

Grant Benefits

The Summer Academy for up to 15 participants will be funded by the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin and by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). All program costs, including accommodation, costs for instruction, field trips, readers and health insurance, will be provided or covered. The German-American Fulbright Commission and the DAAD will provide for international travel costs. Accommodation in single rooms (incl. breakfast) will be arranged with pre-selected private hosts/host families. Participants should expect to cover their personal daily expenses.


U.S. faculty in German (studies) preferably teaching full-time at smaller colleges or institutions that offer German as a major or a German/German Studies degree are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to faculty who have not had a similar experience in Germany during the last 5 years. Applicants must be in the possession of a valid U.S. passport. 


  • US. citizenship is mandatory. Dual citizenship holders with German citizenship are not eligible.
  • A solid letter of motivation.

Application Procedure & Deadlines

  • Your application should include: Application form

    1. Please download the application form.
    2. Save it under file name: “LeipzigAcademy2017_lastname_firstname.pdf” (use latest version of Adobe Reader)
    3. Fill out the application form electronically and save again.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation in German (max. 1 page)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Scan of U.S. passport

Please attach the above listed documents (separately) to an email and send it to

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

Please note: Incomplete applications and illegible files cannot be considered.

Further steps: Selection of participants and notification is expected by the end of February.


American Programs
Fulbright Commission
Lützowufer 26
10787 Berlin
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