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Language Study Scholarship

Sturm Fellowship Award


Sturm Fellowships are available to University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students who are traveling to a German-speaking country for an overseas experience. Experiences could include studying language at a Goethe-Institut.

University of Michigan students who study the German language at a Goethe-Institut will receive between a $250-$1,000 fellowship. Award amounts depend on length of program and affiliation to the German department.

Eligibility Criteria

Students must be German majors or minors, be in good academic standing (and not academic probation), and plan to study the German language overseas.

Application Submission

The 2018 application will be available in the Winter 2018 term. 

If you have any questions, please contact the German department's undergraduate advisors, Kalli Federhofer,, or Andrew Mills,

Donor Information

For one month of courting and 40-plus years of matrimony, DeVere and Zita Sturm have loved one another and Germany, the country that brought them together. Now, their German roots, DeVere’s time at the University, and the fact that three of their four children studied German at the U-M have inspired the Sturms to help students visit the country that united them. The Sturm Family Endowment supports undergraduates in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures traveling to Germany for opportunities to work and study abroad. After seeing the effect that traveling abroad had on their own children, it was clear to them that their endowment should provide the opportunity to students to travel or study in Germany, thus uniting the Sturms’ German heritage with their interest in the University of Michigan.