Diversity and Inclusion Grants in German Studies

Are you or your department/program looking for ways of developing a more diverse and inclusive German studies? Are you a researcher 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, and so we are announcing our first ever Diversity and Inclusion Grants.

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To provide scholars and programs with some financing to support initiatives aimed at improving diversity and inclusion in German studies in Canada.

What is eligible for funding?

  • Costs associated with projects aiming to improve diversity and inclusion in German studies broadly conceived (i.e., not just limited to language and literature programs). These can be research initiatives, curriculum and/or course development, public programming, etc.
  • Examples of costs that can be funded (not an exhaustive list):
    • Research materials
    • Research assistance
    • Teaching materials
    • Teaching assistance
    • Honoraria for guest speakers
    • Training costs
    • Software/hardware required for your initiative
    • Connectivity costs for webinars or online conferences
    • Audio and visual production
    • Recruitment or promotional materials
    • Publication costs
  • Please note: travel and related costs (accommodation, meals, etc.) are ineligible for funding.

What is the value of the grants?

  • Maximum of $5,000 per grant. The number and size of grants will depend on the number and size of applications. If we think your project deserves support, we will work with you to provide what we can. This may result in only partial funding of the amount requested.
  • Successful applicants must agree to make the project's results and products publicly and freely available. 
  • The Waterloo Centre for German Studies will also provide promotional support for the projects through our social media and websites.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Any instructors, faculty members, graduate students, or programs at Canadian universities

What's required in the application?

  • Description of the project (two pages max.), including
    • the specific diversity and inclusion need being addressed
    • what the project would provide/develop to address that need
    • how the results/product of the initiative would be made publicly and freely available
  • Budget for the project, including
    • the overall budget of the project
    • other sources of expected funding
    • the amount requested from WCGS
    • what expenses the WCGS grant would cover
  • Timeline for the project
    • overall timeline of the project, even if it extends beyond the period of the grant

How will the proposals be judged?

  • A committee chaired by the Director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies will assess the proposals.
  • Judging criteria will include:
    • Potential impact of the project
    • Reasonableness of projected costs


  • Application: April 1, 2021
  • Results announced: mid-to-late April, 2021
  • Grant spending must be concluded by March 1, 2022

How will the grants be disbursed?

  • Depending on the nature of the project, we will either make a taxable award to an individual or reimburse the department/program for specific expenses. The latter approach is preferred but not required.