The Association for German Studies offers grants of up to £800 in support of conferences and pedagogic workshops held in the UK or Ireland and which are concerned with research, teaching and learning in any area of German studies. This includes one-day conferences and seminars, postgraduate conferences, and activities relating to the teaching of German studies in higher education. Such activities may involve pedagogic workshops, symposia on the teaching and learning of German studies, and networking events for practitioners.

The Society is particularly keen to encourage regional cooperation. Applicants are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding where practicable. Where appropriate, there will be an expectation of institutional contribution and this should be clearly evidenced in applications. Applicants are required to state all other sources of funding, but funding from other sources will not in itself be seen as a weakness in an application. Both major international meetings and smaller-scale specialist colloquia, including one-day events, will be considered on their academic merits. Regular subject association events will not normally be considered.

The Society will not support conferences which coincide with its own Annual Conference.

Deadlines: There are no deadlines for this fund. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but applicants should bear in mind that consideration of their application may take up to two months from the date of application. They should therefore apply at least two months in advance of the start of the planned research activity. Funding will NOT be made available retrospectively.

Who can apply: Applications will only be accepted from the event organizer(s), who will normally be academics and postgraduates, belonging to higher education departments of German (or departments which teach German) in the UK and Ireland, who are undertaking to organize conferences in the UK or Ireland. Applicants must have been a fully paid-up member of the AGS for at least three months by the time their application is submitted.

Eligible costs: Grants may be used as a contribution towards the travel, accommodation and maintenance expenses of bringing speakers from within the UK and Ireland or from overseas. Grants may also be applied for to assist with administrative expenses: full details must be given, as known at the time of the application. Honoraria or other fees or payments to speakers are not eligible for support. Grants are not available for lecture series, or seminar series, or for events that form part of an institution’s teaching or training programme.

All applications must demonstrate a financial case for support, using the application form. Please clearly identify any item for which grant support is sought in the application, and explain and justify why the Association’s support is requested. Please clearly itemize against each relevant named speaker the costs of travel, accommodation and maintenance for which funding is sought. Priority may be given to early career scholars and postgraduate students.

Level of support: Grants will normally range from £100 to £800 where appropriate and where possible within available resource.

Conditions: If a grant is awarded, the organizers will be required to acknowledge the financial support of the Association in all subsequent publicity, conference or workshop programmes, and in any resulting publications, and to send a brief report to the Association’s Secretary.

Applications on the relevant form – see below – should be sent to the Vice-President, Anna Saunders (

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