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This is the list of messages related to German at the University of Michigan. You generally receive these messages over the weekend via email, and you will see them posted on CTools (German Advising Mail). If you have any questions, please address them to the German advisors.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Job Posting - Sales & Operations Agent for Luebke & Vogt in Novi, MI: Monday, December 11 (Application Deadline)

Luebke & Vogt is a German company in the area of molding technical rubber articles, which are used in automotive, electro-, household, and medical industry.

Position Overview: 
Project Management & Customer Relations from initial point of RFQ until production start. Production support & customer contact during product life cycle will be part of the job. To start out, this job will encompass mostly inside office activities. 

Tasks & Responsibilities:
* Review incoming request for quotes for customer specifications and completeness and request additional documentation if necessary.
* Prepare quote requests for calculation and submit to calculation department.
* Prepare quotes from approved calculations and submit to customers.
* Follow up on submitted quotes via phone / e-mail etc.
* Capture details of nominated business and submit information to the appropriate department at the production facility.
* Technical coordination among the appropriate customer departments and manufacturing facility teams.
* Coordination with customers on project details and monitoring of project milestones.
* Manage PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) activities with the quality department on the customer side as well as internal quality management team. 
* Management of PPAP releases and coordination of production launch.
* Management of customer production releases including relevant communication with the production facility dispatch team as well as monitoring logistics & timing for shipped product.
* Invoicing and follow up on open invoices.
* General support of customer requests and subsequent communications with appropriate departments.
* Management of customer claims including claim resolution in coordination with the customer and the appropriate team at the production facility.
* Support off-site sales activities as appropriate.
* Document maintenance including customer database, production part data and RFQ data. 

Qualifications:
* Successful completion of college degree.
* Good knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products. 

Contact: 
Paul Nickl 
Tel: 888-714-5155 

Mail: 
Luebke & Vogt Corp. 
25889 Meadowbrook Rd. 
Novi, MI 48375

"Schokoladenstunde": Tuesday, December 12, 5-6 p.m., Language Resource Center, North Quad

The last Schokoladenstunde takes place this Tuesday between 5-6 p.m. with Mary Gell in the Language Resource Center in North Quad.  The group will meet in the seating area between the two computer classrooms.

The hour will be spent chatting and playing games in German (e.g. Tabu). Students at all levels are welcome. 

Job Posting - Babysitter Needed in Ann Arbor: Wednesday, December 13 (Application Deadline)

The following announcement is from someone looking for a babysitter:
"We would like a sitter about one afternoon per week for 3-4 hours so I can run errands, go to appointments, get work done on the computer, etc. I'm thinking Wednesday afternoons, but there is a lot of flexibility there. Other sitting opportunities would include the occasional weekend date night and a few all-day (8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) sessions when I'm in my craniosacral training. We are into attachment parenting and are very pro babywearing. We're not a "cry it out family" and hoping to find someone whose philosophy matches ours. I'm also trying to raise him bilingual and speak German with him at home. Not required at all, but if you speak German that would be a total bonus!"

Website: https://www.sittercity.com/babysitting-jobs/mi/ann-arbor/11583265

Internship Posting - 12-Month Internship with Bavarian US Offices for Economic Development in New Haven, CT: Wednesday, December 13 (Application Deadline)

Bavarian US Offices for Economic Development, New Haven Office (Metropolitan NYC area) is looking for a proactive, motivated trainee with demonstrated ability to work well in a team as well as independently. You should have proven ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects at a time while still paying attention to detail. You will be in an exciting international environment, which has its pulse on the economy, developing technologies, innovation and the financial markets. 

Invest in Bavaria’s US office, as part of the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, promotes the State of Bavaria as Europe’s premier business location and offers support to US companies looking to expand to Europe. The agency’s services are cost free and confidential:
* Practical assistance through all stages of the expansion process
* Extensive data about the state‘s economy, key industries, and market environment.
* Information about support programs and incentives
* Assistance with official administrative formalities such as business incorporation, visa application and recruitment.
* Liaison to government agencies, organizations, and local chambers of commerce.
* Identification of business and research partners
* Organization of site visits in Germany

Responsibilities:* Identify target companies by internet research and by following trends and news of U.S. companies via Internet, newspapers, and business/trade magazines
* Publish content on social media channels, maintain website, write press releases, blog entries
* Correspond with target companies to market the state; focus on digital economy, IT, Media, Life Science, Cleantech
* Assist with planning, marketing, management of 4th annual investors conference www.oktoberinvestfest.com
* Translate correspondence and marketing materials from German to English and vice versa
* Identify new channels to meet innovative growth companies and financial investors in USA
* Accompany project managers to events and trade shows in various industries and assist with location marketing and with client follow-up
* Support project managers with expansion projects
* Administrative tasks (phones, emails, scheduling, travel planning, CRM maintenance, meeting preparation, prepare marketing information packages)

Requirements:
* Recent graduate of Business Administration, Journalism, Technology, Science, Entrepreneurship
* Work experience in marketing, communications, IT or related field, preferable in English speaking companies
* Excellent computer skills, Photoshop/InDesign a strong plus
* Fluent in English and German, with excellent English writing skills
* Strong networker
* Easy-going, open-minded enthusiastic personality, flexibility
* Ability to multitask and prioritize
* Excellent customer service skills
* Interest in international business relations
* Project and event management skills a plus

Benefits and Compensation:
* $1,700/month
* Intern pays health insurance ca. $600/year, SEVIS fee, consulate fees, flight, living costs in New Haven, CT area.

Start date:
January 2018

If interested, please send your complete application documents (resume and cover letter in English) to recruitment@gaccny.com with „Your name/Internship Bavarian US Offices “in the subject line.

Andrei Markovits, "European Populism: Similarities and Differences with the Past:" Thursday, December 14, 10 a.m., Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building

In Germany, France, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, and a number of other European countries, populist movements have  appeared in many guises altering these countries’ politics and policies. While sui generis, these constructs have displayed characteristics that are reminiscent of thought decidedly not identical with developments of the 1920s and 1930s. The lecture will highlight the current situation, analyze its causes and manifestations, and look at similarities and differences to events that contributed to a very turbulent history on that continent. 

Dr. Markovits is the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. His many books, articles, and reviews on topics as varied as sports, dog rescue, and many aspects of European and comparative politics have been published in fifteen languages. Markovits has received many prestigious prizes and fellowships. He has also won multiple teaching awards, most notably the Golden Apple Award at the University of Michigan in 2007. In the same year, the University of Lüneburg in Germany awarded Markovits an honorary doctorate. In 2012, the Federal Republic of Germany bestowed on Markovits its Cross of the Order of Merit, First Class, one of the highest honors given by that country to its citizens or foreigners.

This is the last in a six-lecture series. The subject is Populism: The Common People in Modern Politics.


Website: https://events.umich.edu/event/45778

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) in Germany: Friday, December 15 (Application Deadline)

RISE Germany is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering and computer science. 

RISE Germany offers unique opportunities for bachelor degree students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of two to three months during the summer. 

RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language is English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses.


Please register in the database. Here you can search all offered internship positions. Memorize the interesting ones in a list, and then apply for up to three projects.

Job Posting - Administrative Assistant for Trumpf in Plymouth, MI: Friday, December 15 (Application Deadline)

Position Description:
Fully supports the General Manager by managing and coordinating his executive activities. Works closely with the sales managers of TRUMPF Laser Technology Center. To ensure the operations of the office is also part of the responsibility as well as daily support tasks. New process introductions shall be managed in this role.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
* Manage and coordinate calendar by scheduling and preparing meetings, coordination travel plans, prioritizing and controlling General Manager’s time and provide backup and administrative support for the sales managers
* Ensure accurate and smooth flow of information between other departments and management
* Collect and prepare data for weekly visit reports, sales reports and other reports as introduced
* Answer incoming phone calls and route calls and deliver messages promptly
* Make sure open issues have regular follow-up. Develop and use a comprehensive “follow-up system”
* Prepare and coordinate meeting agendas and hospitality arrangements for visitors and guests
* Act as liaison with other departments inside TUSD, TRUMPF North America and TRUMPF headquarters
* Active participation, planning and organization of general activities of the company
* Welcome of TUSD visitors, organize housing and transportation if needed
* Organize catering for visitors and prepare meeting rooms
* Learn about TRUMPF laser products, department organization and corporate structure to facilitate all of the above

Experience/Requirements
* Min. 3 years of executive administrative experience
* Must be well organized and have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, overtime hours when requested
* Proficient in the Microsoft Office package
* Additional language skills (Spanish, German) are a plus.

Education:
* Bachelors degree or minimum 3 years college

Internship Posting - German-Speaking Research Assistant in Department of Psychology: Monday, December 18 (Application Deadline)

In an increasingly globalizing world, how do cultures view each other? What comes to your mind when you think about Western and Eastern cultures? Do you think the world is a just place? In this project, the Psychology researchers examine streams of research on the belief that “West Is The Best”.

The Department of Psychology is looking for a research assistant who is fluent in German (native or full proficiency) to join its Culture & Self-Insight (CSI) research team. Research assistants have the opportunity to conduct literature review, assist in study design, construct surveys, recruit subjects, collect and clean/analyze data. Students will also gain research skills in Qualtrics and SPSS. This position will lead to possible presentation opportunities at psychology conferences.

Time commitment requested: anywhere between 3-12 hours/week (can be either short-term or long-term)
Qualifications:
* Native or fully proficient in German
* Strongly motivated, accountable, willing to learn
* Preferably psychology (or related) majors, or those who intend to be psychology majors

Credit Offered: yes
Money: no
Experience only: no
Work Study: no

Project Director: Kaidi Wu
Contact: kaidiwu@umich.edu
You can apply for this position here.

Max Kade German Residence 2018-2019: Friday, January 5, 2018, 12 p.m. (Application Deadline)

Would you like to live in the Max Kade German Residence, the only language house at University of Michigan, for the 2018-2019 academic year? 

Do you want to immerse yourself in German language and culture with like-minded colleagues? If you answered, "yes," Max Kade may be for you!

The Max Kade German Residence, a Michigan Learning Community, offers students a unique opportunity to live in the only language house on U-M's campus. The core theme of the Max Kade German Residence is experiential learning – applying what is learned in one's German classes to everyday life. Its central location in North Quad is convenient and practical for residents.

Every interested student will have to complete and submit an application, regardless of whether they in the house previously. Applications can be found on the German Department website: https://lsa.umich.edu/german/undergraduate-students/max-kade-german-residence/how-to-apply.html

On Monday, January 8, notifications about the department's decisions will be sent to students.

Requirements of Max Kade Residents:
* Sophomore, junior, or senior academic standing during the stay in the Max Kade House
* Complete the equivalent of German 102/103 upon entry into the Max Kade House
* Enrollment in one-credit mini courses in Fall 2018 (German 310) and Winter 2019 (German 312)
* Active participation in at least three Max Kade activities each month (KaffeestundeDeutschtischFilmabend, etc.)

Applications can be found on our website:

Internship Posting - Research Internship in European Affairs at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington: Friday, January 5, 2018, 4 p.m. (Application Deadline)

Applications for Spring 2018 internships at the Institute for the Study of War are now being accepted.

To submit your application, please email your cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample (5 pages maximum, excerpts from longer pieces are acceptable), and unofficial transcript to internships@understandingwar.org.

Please format the subject line of your email: First Name Last Name

Please submit all documents in pdf form and submit your resume and cover letter as one document. Documents submitted in word format will not be considered.

Why work for the Institute for the Study of War (ISW)? 
* ISW believes ground realities must drive the formulation of strategy and policy. In pursuit of this principle, ISW conducts detailed, open-source intelligence analysis to provide the most accurate information on current conflicts and security threats.
* ISW offers interns a chance to train on work with cutting-edge technologies employed in business and in the intelligence community. 
* Interns at ISW will have an unparalleled opportunity to conduct research that directly informs policy-makers on some of the most pressing issues facing American national security. Its interns work directly with analysts and have many opportunities to engage with Institute leadership on the subjects of their research. 
* ISW offers its interns to be at the front lines of military research and policy, tackling the issues that are in the headlines. 
* ISW has published the work of its interns and hired many onto its staff.

Research Internship – European Affairs:
The Europe program examines the increasing instability on the continent, including the rise of the far-right, the resurgence of ethno-nationalism, and the effects of mass immigration and terrorism, as well as monitoring the effects of Brexit, Russian aggression, and national elections in order to determine consequences thereof for American policy-makers. Interns will provide critical assistance to our researchers. Interns will be trained to use innovative technologies to assist their research, as well as exposed to a wide variety of news and media sources. Interns are expected to conduct research under the guidance of Research Analysts and Assistants; work in conjunction with other members of the research staff to produce research briefs and analysis; assist with editing, documenting, and supporting materials for products of the Institute; assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings of employees of the Institute; and conduct other activities in support of Institute projects.

Qualifications: 
The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate or current undergraduate with coursework in a field of study related to ISW's core mission and research agenda. Graduate-level coursework in a related field is a plus. Interns with the ability to read and conduct research in German and French are highly desired, as is knowledge of the European Union and continental politics. Candidates should have excellent writing and analytical skills, and the ability to conduct research using social media and other open sources. Ideal candidates should also have the ability to conduct tasks in a timely and efficient manner. The candidate must also possess an interest in and enthusiasm for ISW’s research agenda and mission.

Job Posting - Advisor Cash Management Services for Commerzbank in New York: Friday, January 5, 2018 (Application Deadline)

As the Advisor Cash Management Services in Trade Finance & Cash Management (TF&CM) New York branch, you are responsible for the independent, sales-oriented advice of existing and new clients in the US market (Outbound clients and Inbound clients) focusing on Cash Management products. Advice is provided under consideration of the specific requirements of each customer, strategic goals of the bank and compliance requirements. At all times there is a close collaboration between the Sales Specialist and the Relationship Manager.

Responsibilities:
* Managing and providing corporate clients with specialized and sales-oriented advice within his/her area of responsibility in close collaboration with relationship managers responsible for managing the relevant customer relationship
* Analyzing customers’ requests and providing tailored solution in regard to trade finance and transaction services. This might include documentary and guarantee business, international trade financing, tender management and foreign exchange trading
* Advising and managing customers’ requests with due consideration for their specific needs, the bank’s operational requirements and in accordance with regulations
* Planning and carrying out marketing campaigns including tender management
* Sales/revenue generation in accordance with the bank’s policies and procedures
* Oversee the conclusion of agreements with corporate customers
* Observing market developments and monitoring of market competition
* Miscellaneous responsibilities as required

Requirements:
* Candidates need to be eligible to work in the US
* Fluent in German and English
* Ideally completed banking training and/ or graduated from a dual study program
* Degree from a university or technical college
* Minimum of 5 years’ experience in national and international transaction management
* Knowledge of US specific characteristics, in particular understanding of local regulatory requirements
* Experience in data-protection provisions related to certain application used in the bank’s field of activity
* Knowledge of business related regulations and the bank’s internal principles, rules, work procedures
* Overall service and product range knowledge
* Well-versed marketing and sales techniques
* Knowledge of available tools used in customer management in regard to target-group-oriented marketing

Contact Information:
Please submit your application via mail to HumanResourcesNY@commerzbank.com. If you have any further enquiries about this role, please contact Thomas Kienbaum at (212) 266-7721 or Rita Herbers at (212)266-7757.

Internship Posting - Paid Internship at Office of University Development: Sunday, January 7, 2018 (Application Deadline)

Thinking about what you will do with your summer? Want to be paid and get course credit while gaining valuable professional development skills? The award-winning Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP) provides you with a 12-week engaging summer work experience in fundraising and philanthropy, as well as academic coursework and valuable professional development experiences along with a cohort of other interns.

This internship is for all majors and will provide interns with transferable skills for any career field they choose.

The three elements of D-SIP:
* Paid work: Work on one of the University of Michigan campuses or in a local community nonprofit on an impactful project. Each intern has her/his own summer project. Check out the activities that past students pursued here.
* Course work: Each Friday you can expand your knowledge on how fundraising changes the world, all while earning up to three credits.
* Professional development: Develop and refine your professional skills through reflection, resume and interview preparation, a consulting challenge, networking exposure, and intercultural dialogues.

Through D-SIP you will see firsthand how fundraising makes a difference at U-M, and learn how, as a development professional, you can help shape the world of tomorrow.

International Programs in Engineering - Undergraduate Research Program at RWTH in Aachen: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (Application Deadline)

Rheinisch Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen is a top research institution in Aachen, Germany, and the largest technical university in the country. The summer undergraduate research program (UROP) pairs University of Michigan students with RWTH researchers on projects in various topic areas like Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics. Research is conducted in English. At the end of the program, students submit a report and present their research at the UROP Colloquium.  

Students also take an intensive German course and participate in workshops on intercultural learning, scientific methods, and research practice in Germany. Students are greeted in Germany by their RWTH buddies who are friendly faces available to help during the first few days and throughout the program. The program is supplemented by numerous leisure activities and excursions with the buddies.

Professional Applications: international experiences offer students the opportunity to observe and engage in engineering as a global profession.
Participants on the RWTH Aachen program in particular will benefit from the following professional development opportunities:
* Professional Networking: Interacting with a faculty based research project provides participants the opportunity to foster relationship
* Professional Practice: Participants gain valuable insight on the research process and gain research experience in the field

Key Program Dates: May 11 - July 21, 2018

Eligibility:
* Minimum 3.2 GPA
Current University of Michigan Ann Arbor College of Engineering students and LSA Computer Science students in good academic standing. Priority consideration will be given to Engineering students who meet the requirements.
* Undergraduate students only
* Sophomore or above
* There is no foreign language proficiency required for this program

Class standing for IPE programs is determined by year of study, regardless of credit hours earned. Applicants must have completed the required year(s) of college study by the program start date.

Academics:
* All students participate in a 2-month research project and take an intensive German language course. Review the UROP Project Database for available research placements (choose "UROP International").
Students should consult with their College of Engineering Program Advisor regarding what program degree requirements may be met with these courses.

ENGR 490: Research Placement (3 credits)
* Students are in class with University of Michigan students and other U.S and Canadian students
* 100, 200, or 300-level German: German Language (4 credits) - Level is based on language placement result.


St. Lawrence String Quartet - "Haydn Mega-Concert": Sunday, January 14, 2018 2 p.m., Rackham Auditorium

Since its founding in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has had an evangelical fervor for the music of Haydn; they view of the composer as a radical, passionate innovator.

Haydn’s “Sun” Quartets — dazzling, virtuosic, powerfully emotional, and whimsical — set the course for all subsequent Western chamber music; Beethoven was in such awe of their mastery that he copied them all out by hand.

In this special immersive concert, the SLSQ performs all six of Haydn’s Op. 20 string quartets. First violinist Geoff Nuttall provides insightful commentary to accompany the performance, which, like Haydn, will have a few surprises in store.

Program:
* String Quartet in E-flat Major
* String Quartet in C Major
* String Quartet in g minor
* String Quartet in D Major
* String Quartet in f minor
* String Quartet in A Major

Internship Posting - Unpaid Internship for German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) in Berlin: Sunday, January 14, 2018 (Application Deadline)

German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) is the first private-sector, open campus for entrepreneurship in Europe. Connecting an international network of companies, universities, and startups, the GTEC Lab supports tech startups through providing free office space, prototyping facilities, business and tax consulting, and direct access to a network of investors and strategic partners.

Interns will be responsible for:
* Supporting the co-working area and startup lab, including planning, organization, and management
* Working directly with the startups
* Organizing events in the lab with the startups
* Attending external startup events and promoting GTEC
* Market research

Additionally, there is potential for special projects, depending on the interests and skills of the intern.

Desired Qualifications:
Desired interns will have the following:
* Hands-on mentality and dynamic personality
* Affinity for digital change, technology, and the Internet
* Strong interest in the world of startups and innovation

Language Requirements:
English only. Knowledge of German is helpful, but is not required.

The internship is unpaid, and housing is not provided. The employer will help intern to find housing, if desired.

If offered the position, interns and their supervisor will decide on specific dates of the internship between May and August.

Website: https://umichlsa-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php?mode=form&id=85d9b05862e24d2088637e80ddad30c0&s=jobs&ss=jobs

Volunteers Needed - Martin Luther King Day Children & Youth Program 2018: Monday, January 15, 2018 (RSVP Requested)

The School of Education's Martin Luther King (MLK) Day Children & Youth Program 2018 program will take place on January 15. It is one of the events of the annual MLK Symposium and will be held at the MLB.

The program brings together many local K-12 students to the University of Michigan, where students learn about the life and mission of Martin Luther King Jr. in a day consisting of small group work and large performances and workshops. You can volunteer as teacher-leaders, who lead the small group work with K-5 students, or general volunteers, who have roles ranging from workshop leader to classroom-aide to hall monitor.

More information about the program can be found at this website:
https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/mlk/ and questions can be sent to the MLK program team at MLK.CYP.2018@umich.edu.

UROP International at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen: Monday, January 15, 2018 (Application Deadline)

UROP International is designed for students from North American universities who wish to gain research experience by conducting research projects at RWTH Aachen University. It takes place during a ten-week research summer school between the middle of May and the end of July.

UROP International consists of three components: a research project at one of RWTH Aachen's research institutes or labs is at the core.

Additionally, students are offered a comprehensive accompanying program: an intensive German course and workshops on intercultural learning, scientific methods, and research practice to prepare them for their respective research project.

Furthermore, the international guests participate in a number of leisure activities to gain a look at German history and culture and meet German and international students at RWTH. Regular get togethers, excursions in the region, institute visits, and much more, form the framework of the students' stay in Aachen.

The program’s duration is ten weeks. The first week is dedicated to a Fit for UROP workshop, introducing participants to research and culture, as well as to an intercultural training, which allows the students to gain an initial impression of German culture and informs about intercultural differences. Moreover, the first week is used to settle organizational issues and to make students familiar with RWTH Aachen University and with life in Aachen. Each student is assigned a RWTH student, who serves as a buddy and mentor during the first steps in Aachen.

From the second week to the end of the program, students work on their research project full time. The German language course starts during the first week and ends at the end of the eighth week. It takes place twice a week in the morning.

The program is supplemented by numerous leisure activities and excursions with the buddies.  All communication is in English.

Students will receive a certificate for both their research project and the language class upon successful completion of the program, marked by the submission of a report and participation in the closing UROP Symposium, where students present project results as part of a research conference. A total of 60 students can annually participate in UROP International.

U.S. Teaching Assistantships at Austrian Secondary Schools 2018/2019: Monday, January 15, 2018 (Application Deadline)

Each year, more than 140 college graduates from the United States teach in Austria under the auspices of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education (BMB) Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program.  The purpose of this program, which draws assistants not only from the English-speaking world but also from France, Italy, Russia, and Spain, is to bring talented and enthusiastic young people from abroad into the classrooms of secondary schools in communities large and small all over Austria. Ultimately, it is the job of these native speakers as teaching assistants to make learning a foreign language a lively cross-cultural encounter for their students.

Teaching assistants receive a monthly gross salary of €1,440 from which deductions for compulsory health and accident insurance and Austrian income tax are made, resulting in a net salary of ca. €1,162 (approximately $1,500). Teaching assistants do not receive any additional support for travel to Austria or for dependents.

Applications for 2018-19 will be accepted between November 15, 2017 and January 15, 2018. Only complete applications will be considered for review.

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students 2019/2020 - "Getting Started with Your Application": Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 12-1 p.m., Weiser Hall 447

The 2019-20 Fulbright program will provide grants to U.S. students for projects in over 140 countries. 

Types of grants:
* Academic grant: a self-designed program that may include coursework at a foreign university, independent field/library research, or any combination of these.
* Arts grant: a self-designed program to train in the creative or performing arts, usually via classes at an art or music school, training with a professional, or a combination.
* English Teaching Assistantship: a placement as an assistant to an English teacher at the primary, secondary, or university level. Placement is typically part-time and an additional independent project is expected.

Eligibility:
To apply for the Fulbright program through the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, applicants must:
* Be University of Michigan students, alumni, or staff;
* Be U.S. citizens;
* Have completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award; and
* Demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project.
* Enrolled students are required to apply through U-M.

At this session, a University of Michigan Fulbright Student Program Advisor (FPA) will provide an overview of the program and provide basic details related to the application process. You are encouraged to bring a laptop to the session.

Advising: University of Michigan Fulbright Program Advisors are available for scheduled advising throughout the year. Advising may be in person, via phone or via a video conference. Schedule a fellowships advising appointment.

The University of Michigan application deadline for the 2019/2020 Fulbright program is Friday, August 31, 2018.

For questions, send an email to: iifellowships-fulbright@umich.edu or call: (734) 763.9200.

Roy A. Rappaport Lecture - Damani Partridge, "After Diaspora, Beyond Citizenship—Articulating “Blackness” as a Universal Claim": Friday, January 19, 2018 3-5 p.m., Rackham Graduate School, Assembly Hall (4th Floor)

What does it mean to think of life “after diaspora” and “beyond citizenship”? What does a perspective from post-War and post-Wall Berlin reveal about these positions? The point of this research is not to argue that citizenship is no longer important as an analytical category or a social ideal, or that diasporas no longer exist. Instead, this project simultaneously thinks diaspora and citizenship beyond their limits. It examines citizenship beyond the nation-state and diaspora beyond ethnic purity or a politics of return. While citizenship as a philosophical concept holds up laudable social ends, in its actual practice it cannot get beyond the reality of exclusionary outcomes. The politics and analytics of diaspora, while seemingly limited to a particularly restricted transnational ethnic or ethno-religious network, also produces its own unexpected trans-ethno-religious affiliations and unanticipated outcomes.

The Roy A. Rappaport Lectures focus on “Articulating ‘Blackness’ as a Universal Claim: Holocaust Heritage, European Enlightenment, and Noncitizen Futures.”

This series thinks through the relationships between European Enlightenment, Holocaust memory, and contemporary democratic participation. It will examine, in particular, the ways in which "Blackness" intervenes in philosophical and everyday discussions about enlightenment and genocide, examining the relevance of the Haitian revolution to French democracy, and post- World War II African-American military occupation to a democratizing and denazifying Germany. From Berlin post-migrant theater’s use of “Black Power,” to the contemporary articulations of refugee rights, the series will investigate the extent to which articulations of “Blackness’’ enable democratic participation in a context in which that participation demands accountability for Nazi perpetration and the associated proof that one is not anti-Semitic or a terrorist.

Website: https://events.umich.edu/event/40872

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics - Essay Contest: Friday, January 19, 2018, 8 p.m. (Application Deadline)

The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest challenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues, and are rational arguments for ethical action.

2018 Essay Topic:
Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself. Note that the most engaging essays often reflect deeply on a particularly meaningful experience or episode in one’s life. That approach could focus ethical reflection on:
* A personal issue
* A family matter
* A travel incident
* An academic inquiry
* A dilemma in literature or film
* A recent article or editorial in a major newspaper
* A current conflict in American life
* An international crisis

Write about any specific topic you wish, provided it explores an ethical problem, question, issue, or concern.

First prize: $5,000; Second Prize: $2,500; Third Prize: $1,500

Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities at Oxford University: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 7 a.m. (Application Deadline)

As Ertegun Scholars, the world's top graduate students in the humanities are brought together with one another and with Oxford's exceptional community of scholars in a unique setting that fosters dialogue across academic disciplines, across cultures and across generations. Building on this foundation at Oxford, Ertegun Scholars leave the University prepared to be leaders - not only leaders in their chosen fields, but also leaders of global thought and opinion and leaders of positive action for the betterment of humanity.

After being selected in a highly competitive review process conducted by a multi-disciplinary Ertegun Scholarships Selection Committee, Ertegun Scholars have the opportunity to attend cost-free one of the world's oldest and greatest universities. At Oxford, Ertegun Scholars pursue graduate-level study and research in fields as diverse as literature, history, music, archaeology, art history, ancient history, Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies, medieval and modern languages.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra - "Mozart Birthday Bash": Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8 p.m., Michigan Theater

Music will include:
* Fellman Reflections on Mozart: Big Bend
* Mozart Symphony No. 1
* Mozart Clarinet Concerto
* Mozart Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”

Special Guest: Chad Burrow, basset clarinet
A pre-concert lecture will take place at 7 p.m.

Bonderman Fellowship: Monday, January 29 (Application Deadline)

The Bonderman Fellowship offers four graduating seniors in the College of LSA the chance to travel internationally for eight months. Each spring, four fellows receive $20,000 to travel to at least six countries in two regions of the world, where they will immerse themselves in independent and enriching explorations.

Bonderman Fellows will engage with cultures, people, and areas of the world with which they are not familiar, providing an opportunity to develop a new global outlook on life. Fellows make their own travel itineraries and explore the world independently.
For more information, visit: https://mcompass.umich.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10676

An information session will be held at the Michigan Union Pond Room on Friday, January 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Pizza and refreshments will be served! If you have questions or would like to schedule an advising appointment, feel free to contact Carolina Fuentes at LSABonderman@umich.edu.


DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship to Study in Germany (September 2018 - July 2019): Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (Application Deadline)

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or an independent study abroad semester or year.

Eligibility Requirements:
* You are currently a second or third year student and will be in your third or fourth year during your stay in Germany.
* You are seeking DAAD support for a 4-10 month period in Germany during the German academic year (September 2018 - July 2019)
* You possess outstanding academic records and personal integrity.
* You have well-defined study, research and/or internship plans for your stay in Germany.
* You demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and explain the significance of your project in Germany to your future studies, research or professional goals.
* You are enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree-granting program at an accredited North American college or university.
* You will return to the US or Canada after the scholarship period to complete their bachelor's degree

Language Skills:
* When you apply to your study program of choice, you must prove adequate knowledge of the language of instruction. You can find out exactly what language skills are required in the university's study and admissions regulations.
* Good German language skills are usually a requirement for studying in Germany, especially in the arts. Exceptions are possible for programs taught in English.

Duration of the Funding:
* 4-10 months. The scholarship is non-renewable

Value:
* Monthly stipend of 650 Euro, health, accident and liability insurance, travel allowance

Selection:
An independent selection committee of academics and international education experts evaluates the applications and selects the Undergraduate Scholarship grantees.

Academic Year in Freiburg 2018/2019: Thursday, February 1, 2018 (Application Deadline)

The best way to get to know Germany really well is to live there for an extended time.  Here is a recent article how studying abroad positively affects your career chances.

By studying in Freiburg for a year, you can practically earn all credits required for a German major and may possibly get distribution credits and credits towards a second major; and you will live in one of the most attractive and desired places in Germany. Sophomores are allowed to participate in this program.

Eligibility:
* Minimum 3.0 GPA
* Good academic standing
* Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by Fall 2018
* Completion of German 232 or equivalent prior to September 2018

The 2018/19 consortium program will be led by University of Michigan Professor Kerstin Barndt, who will also be teaching some of the courses. Feel free to contact her with questions: barndt@umich.edu!  The program also has a very savvy Associate Director, who lives in Freiburg throughout the entire year.

Tuition for this year-long program is covered by a program fee ($7,500/semester), and students receive University of Michigan in-residence credit for the courses they take during the Academic Year in Freiburg. Students are not required to pay University of Michigan tuition during the year abroad. Additional costs include an administrative fee ($1,200), travel, room, and board. Students remain eligible for financial aid. In addition, the German Department will reduce the program fee for all applicants by $1,000 this year. Further funding opportunities (up to $3,000) are available from the department as well; to inquire, please contact germandept@umich.edu.

For more information, see the AYF website at http://www.ayf.uni-freiburg.de/. 

Here is the link to the application website from CGIS (Center for Global and Intercultural Study): https://mcompass.umich.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10247

LSA students in this program may be eligible for additional scholarships through the University of Michigan. 


Here is a brief video about the AYF program: