Scholarships and awards

Book awards 2013.

Students and instructors gather for the 2013 Germanic and Slavic Studies Book Awards ceremony.

 The Department makes the following awards annually:

  • The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies Book Prizes: In the winter term, Book Prizes are awarded for outstanding achievement to students in all courses taught in our Department. No application necessary.
  • The Ambassador of Germany to Canada Book Prize: This prize is awarded to an outstanding student in German language and literature. No application necessary.
  • The Ambassador of Austria to Canada Book Prize: This prize is awarded to an outstanding student in German language and literature. No application necessary.
  • The Ambassador of Switzerland to Canada Book Prize: This prize is awarded to the German major (normally in third or fourth year) with the highest standing in German. Students must have an average of 80% or higher to be considered for this award. No application necessary.
  • The Ambassador of Russia to Canada Book Prize: This prize is awarded to an outstanding student in Russian language and literature. No application necessary.
  • The JWDyck Honours ScholarshipThis scholarship was established by the late J.W. Dyck, the founder of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. Valued at $1,000, it is awarded to the student with the highest overall average entering the second or third year of a German and/or Russian/Slavic program. Students may only win the award once. Results are announced in September.  No application necessary.
  • Concordia Club Award: The Concordia Club of Kitchener-Waterloo offers a $1,000 scholarship to a third-year undergraduate student majoring in German. The selection of the recipient is based on a minimum overall average of 80%, demonstrated leadership as indicated by active participation in university or community extra-curricular activities, and excellent performance in German courses. The application form can be found here. Applications, including a resume and a letter describing leadership and involvement in the above-mentioned activities, should be submitted to the Undergraduate Studies Co-ordinator, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. Application deadline: 31 January of each year.

Other awards and scholarships are also available to students:

  • Joseph Dumaradzky Memorial Bursary: Bursaries valued at $500 or more are awarded annually to first- or second-year undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts who are majoring or minoring in Germanic and Slavic Studies or who are enrolled in a German language course. Interested full- or part-time students who have a demonstrated financial need and a minimum overall average of 65% are encouraged to apply. Submit application to Student Awards & Financial Aid Office. Application deadline: 1 February of each year.
  • J.R. Coutts Awards These scholarships are worth up to $2,500 and are intended for students planning to work abroad or take an international work term in the service of others with little remuneration. Submit your application form (PDF) to Student Awards & Financial Aid OfficeApplication deadline: 15 March of each year.
  • Kavelman-Fonn Foundation International Experience AwardApproximately 25-35 awards, valued at $1,250-$5,000 each, are available annually to undergraduate students in any faculty who wish to participate in an international volunteer experience or an international co-op work term providing little or no remuneration.

For more information, see the department’s page on Bursaries for Study Abroad Programs.  And be sure to check out the information at the Student Awards & Financial Aid Office.