Alexander Stephan Undergraduate Essay Prize in German Studies

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March 13, 2018
Subject Fields: 
German History / Studies, Literature

The Alexander Stephan Undergraduate Essay Prize in German Studies

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the Ohio State University awards two annual Undergraduate Essay Prizes in a national contest for papers of outstanding academic quality and originality that combine the forces of critique and engagement. The prize committee will consider submissions written during the 2017 calendar year while the student was enrolled at a US academic institution. (The student still must be enrolled as an undergraduate at the time of submission.)

Essays may be written in German or in English and cover any area in the field of German Studies broadly conceived.
Only one submission per student is permitted.
The winning essay in German will be awarded a $250 cash prize; the winning essay in English will be awarded a $250 cash prize.

Formal requirements:
· double-spaced
· between 3000 and 5000 words in length, including notes and works cited
· We only accept digital submissions of pdf files.
· The essay must be anonymized, i.e. not carry the student’s name so that the committee is able to review them blind.
-  your submission e-mail must also include the Cover Sheet (giving the title of your paper, your name, institution, major(s), expected graduation date, mailing address, and e-mail address).

Send your paper and the cover sheet, using the subject line of: 2018 National Essay Prize in German Studies, to Natascha Miller (miller.521 at by the due date of Tuesday, March 13, 2018.


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Natascha Miller

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