Diversity and Inclusion Grants in German Studies - Application Details

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To provide financial support for Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in German studies at Canadian universities and colleges.

What support is available?

Support is provided in two categories:

  • Graduate Research Grants
    • For MA or PhD students at Canadian universities and colleges whose research in German studies has a substantial component dealing with Diversity and Inclusion
    • $1,000 one-time payment
    • Successful applicants will work with the Waterloo Centre for German Studies to make their findings available to the general public (e.g., via a blogpost, in a podcast-like interview, etc.). 
  • Curriculum and Programming Grants
    • For German studies instructors and/or programs at Canadian universities and colleges who are looking to make Diversity and Inclusion part of their educational offerings and public activities
    • Maximum of $5,000 per grant
    • Examples of costs that can be funded (not an exhaustive list):
      • Teaching materials
      • Teaching and/or research 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.
    • Successful applicants must agree to make the project's results and products publicly and freely available (e.g., curriculum materials should be openly licensed, public events should be broadly advertised)
    • The Waterloo Centre for German Studies will work with recipients to provide promotional support for the projects through our social media and websites.

What's required in the application?

  • Graduate Research Grants
    • Description of research project (two pages maximum). This should include:
      • How the project promotes diversity and inclusion in German studies
      • Type of project (e.g., conference paper, article, thesis), current status of project, and expected completion date
      • Ideas for making the research findings available to the general public
    • CV
    • Unofficial transcript
    • Letter of reference from supervisor/mentor (sent directly to wcgs@uwaterloo.ca)
  • Curriculum and Programming Grants
    • 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 (only for Curriculum and Programming Grants)


  • Application: April 1, 2023 (send to wcgs@uwaterloo.ca)
  • Results announced: May 2023
  • Curriculum and Programming Grants will normally be paid out during the University of Waterloo’s fiscal year (1 May 2023 – 30 April 2024), though projects that incur some costs later are still eligible

How will the grants be disbursed?

  • Graduate Research Grants will be a one-time payment directly to the student
  • Curriculum and Programming Grants will be on a reimbursement basis. We expect departments/programs to invoice the Waterloo Centre for German Studies once the project has concluded with an itemized list of expenses.

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