About AFM Fellowships

The American Friends of Marbach (AFM) are able to award up to six summer dissertation fellowships of $4,000 each to Ph.D. candidates from American universities in the field of German Studies who wish to conduct research at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach (DLA). These grants are meant to be taken over the summer break.

The AFM Fellowships include two Max Kade Fellowships, the David Detjen Research Grant, the Egon Schwarz Research Grant, and two AFM Summer Research Grants.

All grantees benefit from the excellent services that the DLA provides to researchers. Researchers can also participate in a weekly “Stipendiaten-Café,” where international stipend-holders and fellow humanists have the opportunity to network and present their work to one another. Depending on availability, the well-appointed Collegienhaus on the grounds of the DLA offers an excellent option for lodging.

For other fellowships, please see http://www.dla-marbach.de/service/stipendienprogramm.

Current Fellows

David Detjen Summer Research Grant

  • Almut Slizyk, Margarete Susman Article / Dissertation on Suspended Reading in Fiction (Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Johns Hopkins University)

Max Kade Summer Research Grants

  • Karolina Hicke, Migration, Memory, and Gender in Contemporary Jewish Writing (Department of German and Scandinavian Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
  • Courtney Rehkamp, Judging a Book by Its Cover. Marketing Prizewinning Literature (Department of German, Russian, and East European Studies, Vanderbilt University)

How to Apply

Please submit a 1-2 page project description which should include a brief statement about the relevance of the holdings at the DLA for the project, a current C.V. and arrange for one letter of recommendation from the dissertation adviser to be sent to Prof. Johannes von Moltke (University of Michigan): moltke(a)umich.edu by April 15, 2022. Decisions will be announced before the end of April.

COVID-19: As of February 2022, the DLA is enforcing the “2G” criteria – requiring proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID (please see the COVID pages of the DLA Website for updated information). Given the evolving shape of the pandemic, awards will be made contingent on national and international public health regulations. Access to the archive may be limited and it will be the responsibility of awardees to ensure that they meet vaccination, quarantine, or mitigation requirements in planning their research stay.

Fellowship Sponsors

AFM Fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the Max Kade Foundation in New York, David Detjen, the American Friends of Marbach, and the generous donations of the following individuals to the Egon Schwarz Grant fund.

Past AFM Fellows