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.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 gives 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 is German.

The Academy provides an introduction to current Germany with its varied high school scheme, its sought-after vocational training, the infamous Bologna process, demographic developments and ethnic diversity. An additional focus is paced on teaching German as a Foreign Language. Participants become acquainted with latest didactical methods in this field as developed and implemented at interDaF in Leipzig. The Academy offers classroom visits and opportunities to meet colleagues from other academic fields, experts, students and administrators. An excursion program includes a day trip to Berlin, presents some Leipzig and regional highlights and explains current developments in this booming part of Germany.

Program Dates
June/July 2019

Grant Benefits
The Summer Academy for up to 15 participants is 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 provide for international travel costs. Accommodation in single rooms (incl. breakfast) is 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 Procedure and Dealines

The program will be not offered in 2018. Further information on the 2019 program dates and announcement for the Fulbright DAAD Leipzig Summer Academy will be available here in due time (automn 2018).


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