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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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Two people standing holding an honorary doctorate.

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)


The Waterloo Centre for German Studies is happy to announce the winners of the 2024 Piller Award.

The Cecilia and Late George Piller Graduate Research Awards were established to support excellent graduate students in the Faculty of Arts doing research into any aspect of German Studies.

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