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Welcome to the WCGS

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies is a research institute at the University of Waterloo. Funded by private donations, the WCGS supports research into all aspects of the German-speaking world, and is committed to publicly-oriented scholarship. We facilitate the communication of German studies research, distribute awards to students wishing to study in Germany, and organize cultural programming for the university and wider communities.

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Left to right: Don Barton (Chancellor), Alison Phipps

Fall 2023 Convocation

Honorary doctorates are an integral part of each convocation ceremony as recipients are awarded for their substantial contributions to the Waterloo community, to their profession or to society at large.  

Alison Phipps received the Doctor of Letters, honoris causa at Fall Convocation, October 21, 2023.

Learn more about Honorary doctorates, read about Alison Phipps and watch the Faculty of Arts Convocation Ceremony here.

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Left to right: Alison Phipps, James Skidmore (Chair of Germanic and Slavic Studies)


Are you or your department/program looking for ways of developing a more diverse and inclusive German studies? Are you a graduate student wishing to develop expertise in diversity and inclusion, or an instructor who wants to make more diverse and inclusive content available in your courses? The Waterloo Centre for German Studies would like to assist you in meeting those goals with our Diversity and Inclusion Grants. Deadline: May 1, 2024

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Call for Participants

Chelsea Clingen, PhD Student in Human Studies and Interdisciplinarity, Laurentian University is looking for German Canadians to participate in an interview study.

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