The Association for German Studies invites applications for a publication grant of up to £800 (or the equivalent in Euros). This is intended to support early-career researchers who require financial support for a substantial publication. Where necessary, preference will be given to applications to publish a PhD thesis. Preference will also be given to those without access to institutional support for publication costs. The deadlines for receipt of applications are 15th  January and 15th 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.
  • “Early career researchers” is understood according to the AHRC definition, i.e within up to eight years of a successful PhD viva, or within six years of the first academic appointment, excluding any period of career break, e.g. for family care or health reasons.

  • The publication must be on a topic related to German Studies

A brief letter of application should be e-mailed to the Vice-President Anna Saunders ( It should contain the following details:

  • The name and contact details of the applicant.
  • The contact details of an academic referee who is able to comment authoritatively on the quality and merit of the publication. The referee should not be a former PhD supervisor. 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.) Where appropriate, there will be an expectation of institutional contribution (which may be in kind) and this should be clearly evidenced in applications.
  • 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 publication will be showcased on the AGS website, with an abstract and photo of the cover of the completed book.


Publication grants 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.