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:

  • First Year & CI Awards: In the winter term, certificates 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 AwardThe Concordia Club of Kitchener/Waterloo offers a $1,000 award annually to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in Year Two, Three, or Four in the Faculty of Arts, whose major or minor is in German. Selection of the recipient is based on academic achievement with a minimum average of 80%, and demonstrated leadership as indicated by active participation in university or community extra-curricular activities and performance in German language and literature courses. The application form can be found here and should be submitted following the instructions of the Undergrad Award Application. Application deadline: 15 February of each year. Please contact the Undergraduate Awards Assistant if you have questions about this award.
  • 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. 
  • International Experience AwardApproximately 450 awards are available in support of student participation in an international experience. All of these awards are intended to encourage students to pursue opportunities in a new learning environment outside of Canada and to become global citizens. The application can be found here. Award selection takes place every term. Please apply prior to your departure term by one of the following deadlines:
    • Spring experience – 15 March
    • Fall experience – 15 July
    • Winter experience – 15 November.
  • Marga I. Weigel German Study Abroad AwardsThe award is made possible by a donation from Dr. Marga I. Weigel, a proud UWaterloo alumna, to encourage Waterloo students to learn German and to increase transcultural interactions between Canada and the German-speaking world. Up to five awards, valued at $1,000 each, will be provided annually to full-time University of Waterloo undergraduate students  in any program who are participating in the Waterloo Summer Language School in Germany. The application can be found here. Application deadline: 1 March of each year.
  • Fred & Ruth Stork Award in German StudiesThese awards are made possible by a donation from the Stork family. They are given out annually to encourage student participation in a recognized institutional Canadian-organized German language or cultural studies program abroad. For full-time undergraduate students, there are two categories of Stork Awards: for students registered at the University of Waterloo and for students registered at other Canadian universities. Further information on how to apply and the application can be found here. Application deadline: 1 March of each year.

For more information be sure to check out the Student Awards & Financial Aid Office.