Scholarships for Majors

The Department has scholarships for majors in our programs: 

  • The GSD Scholarship in German Studies: up to two $3000 awards for GSD majors with a German emphasis.
  • The Mary Ann Wilson Hansen Scholarship in Scandinavian Studies: up to two $3000 awards for GSD majors with a Scandinavian & Finnish emphasis.
  • The Russian Major Scholarship: depending on available funding, the awards can be up to $3000.

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, with some consideration given to financial need. Priority is given to students who have not previously received our scholarships.

Eligible candidates:

  • Must have filed a major program form with us
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0; over the past few years successful candidates have generally had a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Must have completed at least one course in the major at the University
  • Must be registered for 15-18 credits during the semester of the award


Application Instructions:

  • For GSD majors, see the instructions below.
  • For Russian majors, contact Prof. Gary Jahn.

The deadline for Summer 2020 and 2020-21 scholarships is April 1, 2020. The following materials are required:

  1. Application form (pdf). (Please contact gnsd@umn.edu if you have problems downloading this form or if you would like it as a Word document.)
  2. A one-page statement discussing your interest in German studies or Scandinavian & Finnish why you are applying for a scholarship, and a brief indication of financial need.
  3. A letter of recommendation from a GNSD instructor (preferably a faculty member) (NOTE: All letters must reach the department by the application deadline, so you should request it as soon as possible)