CFP: Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize for Advanced Graduate Students in Central European History

The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series is proud to announce the inauguration of the Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize for Advanced Graduate Students. In recognition of the longstanding commitment to graduate education of Konrad H. Jarausch, who is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the History Department of the University of North Carolina, this prize will serve to celebrate and cultivate outstanding new talent in the field of Central European history.

The prize will award the best article or chapter-length piece of writing by a current graduate student working in the field of Central European history. The recipient of this prize will receive an honorarium of $500 and an invitation to present his or her work at the North Carolina German Studies Seminar (NCGS), which is held on Friday evenings at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. We will cover the costs for travel (economy class), hotel accommodation and dinner. This will allow an opportunity for feedback and close attention from an interdisciplinary group of experts. Prizewinners will be encouraged but not required to submit their revised essay for publication.

The NCGS series was started in 2007 by an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional group of scholars in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, which is home to nationally and internationally recognized graduate programs in German Studies. The series has traditionally emphasized graduate education. This prize, which will be awarded annually, is meant to both honor and further that legacy.

Eligibility requirements:

  • PhD student enrolled at a North American university
  • Must not have defended dissertation before 15 April 2019
  • Plans to be resident in North America during the 2019-20 academic year.

If you are interested, please send the following application materials to James Chappel ( and Karen Hagemann ( by 1 April 2019.

Requirements for the proposal:

  • Two-page statement describing the outlines of your project, its state of completion, and what you hope to gain by presenting at the seminar.
  • CV
  • Writing sample, ideally a chapter from the dissertation, of between 7000 and 10000 words (not including notes).

Decisions will be made by a three-person committee, and announced at the end of May. Any questions about the process or the opportunity can be addressed to James Chappel (

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