Application Materials

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Application forms will be
available in late fall 2016

The Trans-American Summer Institute is intended for advanced graduate students working toward a PhD or other terminal degree at a North American or European university. Preference will be given to students who have already defined a dissertation topic. The language of instruction is English. Competency in English and a reading knowledge of another European language are required.

Pending final budget approval, all fellows will receive a fellowship to cover most expenses:

  • Institute tuition
  • Housing and meals for the duration of the Institute
  • Access to library and archival materials and Internet resources
  • Partial travel support

Fellowships for advanced graduate students enrolled at North American universities include up to $750 in support of round-trip airfare to Germany. Although not required, we encourage fellows to apply to their home department for match to cover the remainder of their travel expenses. Fellows enrolled at a European university will receive up to $150 to cover travel costs to Bayreuth.

A complete application consists of:

  • the TASI Application—application will be available in late fall 2016
  • a letter of interest
  • a two-page dissertation abstract, or a two-page statement about the relevance of this topic to the applicant's research
  • a curriculum vitae
  • an unofficial graduate transcript
  • one confidential letter of recommendation by a faculty member familiar with the applicant's research project

The letter of interest should include information on the applicant's scholarly background, interests, and career goals.