Event Note: Conference "Language and Culture Contacts in the Baltic Sea Region"

The Department of German Studies of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Latvia, the Latvian Association of Germanists and the Matthias Kramer Society are organizing an international and interdisciplinary conference entitled "Language and culture contacts in the Baltic region" from September 20th to 22nd. The conference will focus on the following topics:
- Linguistic and cultural areas around the Baltic Sea, in which German was an important language
- Groups of people who acquired German as a foreign or second language in order to maintain social, economic and other contacts
- Traces of language and cultural contacts in everyday life and in artifacts.
The conference will start on thursday at 8:30 in the main building of the University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris 19, LV-1586 Rīga in the small auditorium. The conference language is German. All interested persons are welcome.

DAAD scholarships for the year 2019 announced

The DAAD scholarships for the next year have been announced.

Scholarship offers for undergraduate and graduate students
Study Scholarship for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Architecture. Deadline September 30, 2018.
Study Scholarship for Foreign Graduates in the Field of Music. Deadline October 15, 2018.
Study Scholarship for Foreign Graduates in te Field of the Performing Arts. Deadline October 31, 2018.
Study Scholarship for Graduates of All Disciplines. Deadline November 15, 2018.
Study Scholarship for Foreign Graduates in the Fields of Fine Arts, Design/ Visual Communication and Film. Deadline November 30, 2018.

Practical Traineeships for Foreign Students of Natural and Technical Sciences, Agriculture and Foestry (IASTE)

University Summer Courses offered in Germany for Foreign Students and Graduates. Deadline December 1, 2018.

Scholarship offers for PhD students and scientists
Research Grants - Short Term Grants. Deadline November 15, 2018.
Research Grants - One Year Grant. Deadline November 15, 2018.
Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists. Deadline November 15, 2018.
Study Visits for Academics - Artists and Architects. Deadline November 15, 2018.
Research Grants - Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degree. Deadline November 15, 2018.
Research Grants - Cotutelle Doctoral Programmes. Deadline November 15, 2018.

Study Visits by Groups of Foreign Students. Deadline November 1, 2018.
Re-Invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders. Deadline November 15, 2018.

More Information can be found on our website under the section DAAD scholarships.

Go-East Summer Schools 2019

Who can apply for the programme? Foreign universities in Central-Eastern, South-Eastern, Eastern Europe and CIS.

What can be supported? Summer schools that have various professional, country-specific, and linguistic emphasis organized by the foreign universities.

Summer schools that have a 12 -21 day duration period, and which take place from middle of August until the end of September.

Application deadline 8.11.2018   

More information  here

SprachCafé Latvia: High Quality Education

The SprachCafé in Riga devotes itself regularly to the Agenda 2030 and is in the same moment a great opportunity to enhance German language skills. This time thethe topic will be SDG4: high quality education.

One of the Agenda 2030's goals, about which the global society agrees upon, is the goal number 4 - education, because a sustainable world is impossible without sustainable education.
Looking on the world from a current perspective, we recognize, that the progressing digitalization influences the way of learning - including the way of how we are learning languages. During lessons teacher are using more often electronic devices and languages can be studied independently with Apps like DuoLingo and Babel. Also the Alumniportal Deutschand is an essential part of learning German.

We will discuss how we can learn the German language best  together with:
- Dr. Heiko F. Martens, Head of DAAD Information Centre in Riga,
- Dr. Thomas Schöps, Head of the cultur and press department, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Latvia,
- Gisela Wahl, acting director of Goethe-Institut in Riga,
- Moderation - Jöran Steinhauer.

The entrance is free, beginning from 7 p.m. at NicePlace Telpa, Krišjāņa Barona iela 21a, Riga-LV1011

DAAD Go-East Summer School - Creation of Baltic national conciousnesses

The faculty of Foreign Languages, literature and translation studies of Vytautas-Magnus University Kaunas organises together with the universities Daugavpils, Tallinn as well as the Philipps university Marbug a summer school from August 12 - 16.

The topic will be the creation of national conciousnesses of the baltic countries as they celebrate their 100 years anniversary of their independence. This course is for Master and Bachelor students who have good German skills (B1) and are interested in the formation of nations as well as the history of the baltic states.

For more information about the costs and funding possibilites please read http://hmf.vdu.lt/de/daad-go-east/.

 Webinar Series "Research in Germany"

The DAAD will organise a Series of Webinars from June 04  to 07, 2018, on following times to those topics:
Monday 04.06., 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. CEST "The German Research Landscape - Who does research in Germany?"
Tuesday 05.06., 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. CEST "Proposal Writing - How to write a successful proposal?"
Wednesday 06.06.,
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. CEST "Postdoctoral opportunities in Germany - How to launch your postdoctoral research career?"
Thursday 07.04.,
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. CEST "Funding your research stay"
More information and the registration to the webinars can be found under

Vladimir-Admoni-Doctoral school in the German Department

Starting from January 1st the German Department of Tartu University runs its own doctoral school (Vladimir-Admoni-doctoral school) in cooperation with the Institute of German Philology at Georg-August-University of Göttingen supported by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Within the doctoral school up to six PhD-students get a scholarship for up to three years and have a second supervisor from Göttingen University (German Philology). The students and their supervisors will regularly visit Göttingen (up to 2 months a year); in addition to the scholarships and the research leaves a lot of activities will be organized at the German Department in Tartu, f.ex. colloquiua, workshops, conferences. The school is open for PhD-students who dedicate their research to German Literature, Language or Culture (not restricted in the narrower sense to students who write their Phd-thesis in the German department; beyond them PhD-students from Comparative and Estonian Literature, Estonian and General Linguistics, History, Theology, Philosophy, Folklore Studies etc. are welcome to apply).

For further information see http://bit.ly/2nGeN5L and http://bit.ly/2s9Ahwz

If you are interested in the programme and/or have further questions, please contact Silke Pasewalck This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Promoting Academic Exchange with the Baltic States in Journalism/Media Sciences and Related Disciplines

With regard to the joint announcements of the Federal Foreign Minister and his counterparts from the three Baltic states in March 2015 to provide increased support for the development of independent, objective and professional media in the Baltic region, the DAAD is inviting students from the Baltic states and German lecturers in journalism/media sciences and related disciplines to apply for fellowships and project funding from the DAAD.

This call for proposals is aimed at:

  • Students and graduates from the Baltic states in journalism/media sciences and related disciplines with excellent German, English or Russian language skills (programmes: University Summer Courses, Study Scholarships, Study Visits)
  • Lecturers in journalism/media sciences from Germany who hold a doctorate and would like to teach in the Baltic states (programme: Short-term Lectureships).

Presentation "Study and Research in Germany. DAAD Scholarship Programme."

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 The “Alumniportal Deutschland”

...is a web-service free of charge which is financed by the German Federal Government. It offers “Germany-Alumni” an opportunity of securing and expanding their acquired contacts and expertise, and of using them for their personal and professional development.

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