Main building of the University of Leipzig.

Co-sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) the Summer Academy aims to offer professional development in areas relevant to the teaching of German including German language, literature and culture as well as in professional and higher education. The seminar is based at interDaF at Leipzig University’s Herder Institute. The program language will be German.

The Summer Academy offers a closer view into Germany´s current education, society and culture. Academy participants will have a unique chance to witness the build-up of the 2017 elections in Germany and the political reactions to recent waves of migration, and to years marked by economic success, academic reforms, and changes in education. Secondary and higher education are key to the future success of a competitive Germany in a European setting. Understanding these new dimensions and the current stakeholders in Germany´s society will give teachers in German studies and related fields an advantage in their own role as transatlantic moderators. The seminar is based at interDaF at Leipzig
University’s Herder Institute. The program language will be German.

The Academy will give an overview of current developments in German secondary and post-secondary education, including information on the German high school system, vocational training, recent German and European higher education reforms such as the Bologna process, and demographic developments and ethnic diversity in contemporary Germany. An additional focus of the program will be on teaching German as a Foreign Language, and participants will become acquainted with latest didactical methods in this field as developed and implemented at interDaF in Leipzig. The Academy will also include class room visits and opportunities to meet colleagues from other academic fields, various experts, students and administrators. An excursion program including a day trip to Berlin will complement the academic sessions. Finally, the program will highlight some of the structures, regional priorities and current developments in this part of Eastern Germany.

Program Dates
Departure from the USA on May 27, 2017
Arrival in Germany on May 28, 2017
Program runs from May 28 - June 10, 2017
Departure from Germany on June 10, 2017
Arrival back in the USA on June 10, 2017

Grant Benefits
The Summer Academy for up to 15 participants will be funded by the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin and by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). All program costs,
including accommodation, costs for instruction, field trips, readers and health insurance, will be provided or covered. The German-American Fulbright Commission and the DAAD will provide for international travel costs. Accommodation in single rooms (incl. breakfast) will be arranged with pre-selected private hosts/host families. Participants should expect to cover their personal daily expenses.


Who can apply?

U.S. faculty in German (studies) preferably teaching full-time at smaller colleges or institutions that offer German as a major or a German/German Studies degree are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to faculty who have not had a similar experience in Germany during the last 5 years. Applicants
must be in the possession of a valid U.S. passport.


  • U.S. citizenship is mandatory. Dual citizenship holders with German citizenship are not eligible.
  • A solid letter of motivation.

Application Deadline Jan 31st, 2017

Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

Please note: Incomplete applications and illegible files cannot be considered.
Further steps: Selection of participants and notification is expected by the end of February.

Application Guidelines

Your application should include:

  • Your application should include: Application form
    1. Please download the application form.
    2. Save it under file name: “LeipzigAcademy2017_lastname_firstname.pdf”
    (use latest version of Adobe Reader)
    3. Fill out the application form electronically and save again.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation in German (max. 1 page)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Scan of U.S. passport

Please attach the above listed documents (separately) to an email and send it to


For details and further information about the program, contact the

German-American Fulbright Commission
American Programs
Lützowufer 26
10787 Berlin
Phone: +49 – 30 – 28 44 43 – 773
Fax. +49 – 30 – 28 44 43 – 42