bookstoreThe Association for German Studies invites applications for a publication subsidy of up to £800 (or the equivalent in Euros). This is intended to assist members who have completed a PhD and require financial support in order that their thesis be published. Preference will be given to those without access to institutional support for publication of their thesis. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31st August in each year. The AGS reserves the right to assess applications in batches.
The following criteria of eligibility apply:

  • Applicants must have been a fully paid-up member of the AGS for at least three months by the time their application is submitted.
  • Applicants’ theses must have been registered at a university in Great Britain or Ireland for a PhD on a topic related to German Studies.
  • Preference will be given to those without access to institutional support for publication of their thesis.


A brief letter of application should be e-mailed to the Vice-President Professor Nicola McLelland (). It should contain the following details:

  • The name and contact details of the applicant.
  • The applicant’s PhD thesis topic or title; the institution at which it is registered; and the full name of the supervisor(s).
  • The contact details of an academic referee who is able to comment authoritatively on the quality and merit of the thesis. The referee should not have been involved in the supervision of the thesis but may be, for example, an external examiner of the thesis. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the referee separately and ensure that a reference is received by the application deadline.
  • The details of any subsidies applied for or obtained for the publication of the thesis. (We encourage candidates to also seek funding from other bodies.)
  • Applicants must enclose a copy of the letter of acceptance for publication, as well as confirmation of the need for and level of subsidy.


The successful applicant should note that the subsidy will be released after publication under the following conditions:

  • The support of the AGS must be recorded in the acknowledgements of the published version of the thesis.
  • The published version of the thesis will be showcased on the AGS website, with an abstract and photo of the cover of the completed book.


Publication subsidies will be awarded at the discretion of the AGS Committee, which retains the right to apply further criteria of selection and eligibility. Applicants will be informed of the Committee’s decision within two months of the deadline. If unsuccessful the first time, applicants may re-submit their application in the following round. No further re-submissions will be accepted.