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Language Study Scholarship

Sturm Scholarship Award


Sturm Scholarships are available to University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students who are traveling to a German-speaking country for an overseas experience, such as studying language at a Goethe-Institut, internships, and study abroad.

University of Michigan students who enroll in a German language course at a Goethe-Institut will receive a $250-$1,500 scholarship. Sturm Family Scholarships will be determined by the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures' Executive Committee. Scholarship amounts will be based on major vs. minors and the length of time the student will be studying at a Goethe Institut. The scholarship guidelines are established each spring for the following twelve months. For example:

  • German Majors: $600 per four-week course up to a maximum of $1,500 per twelve-week course
  • German Minors: $300 per four-week course up to a maximum of $750 per twelve-week course

Eligibility Criteria

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

Application Submission

If you are planning to attend a Goethe Institut in Germany during the winter term, please complete the application by Monday, November 19.

Please check back for spring/summer 2019 application information.

If you have any questions, please contact the German department's undergraduate advisors,

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. Their German roots, DeVere’s time at the University, and the fact that three of their four children studied German at U-M 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.