WiG Dissertation Prize

Women in German Dissertation Prize

Deadline: March 1, 2018

List of Previous Winners


The Award
Every year Women in German issues a call for dissertations by WIG members to be considered for the Women in German Dissertation Prize of $500. The award will be conferred at the WiG conference. The recipient's name will be published in the Women in German Newsletter and on the website.

Who Is Eligible
Dissertations completed, defended, accepted, and filed during the calendar year prior to the WiG conference at which the award will be announced (e.g., dissertations filed in 2015 for the award presented at the 2016 WiG conference). In rare circumstances, the official graduation date may fall in the next calendar year, causing questions about eligibility. In such cases, please consult the chair of the prize committee before the deadline. In general, the official submission date recorded on the filed copy decides about the year of eligibility. For information on how to join Women in German, visit our membership pages.

Criteria for Selection
We are looking for dissertations that reflect the values of the Women in German Mission Statement (see our Mission Statement and below); make a substantial contribution to the current dialogue in the given area; and demonstrate solid and innovative scholarship.

How to Apply
You may either apply yourself, or be nominated. The application package must include:

1. A cover letter (either by the author or by a nominator) describing the strengths of the dissertation and any other reasons why it deserves consideration for the award. If the dissertation comes from a system using outside examiners, these examiners' reports should neither be included nor referenced or paraphrased in the nominating letter. 
2. T
he dissertation as a PDF file
3. The applicant's mailing and email addresses and phone numbers.

Send the application materials by Tuesday, March 1, 2018 to the Chair of the Dissertation Prize Selection Committee:

Regine Schwarzmeier, Ph.D.
Department of Foreign Languages 
Belmont University

Mission Statement: Women in German provides a democratic forum for all people interested in feminist approaches to German literature and culture or in the intersection of gender with other categories of analysis such as sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity. Through its annual conference, panels at national professional meetings, and through the publication of the Women in German Yearbook, the organization promotes feminist scholarship of outstanding quality. Women in German is committed to making school and college curricula inclusive and seeks to create bridges, cross boundaries, nurture aspiration, and challenge assumptions while exercising critical self-awareness. Women in German is dedicated to eradicating discrimination in the classroom and in the teaching profession at all levels.