STIP: Graduate Study in Chicago at UIC (financial support and program description)

Heidi Schlipphacke's picture
Click here to see this online

The Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks promising students to join our interdisciplinary department of scholars and teachers. Housed in the heart of Chicago in UIC’s School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics, our department is particularly attuned to the linkages between German culture, transnational identities, and urban spaces. UIC is proud to be recognized as of one of the five most ethnically and culturally diverse campuses in the United States and amongst those ranked most highly on the Social Mobility Index. In the Germanic Studies department, we actively foster dialogues with the diverse cultural and social groups represented in the university and in the greater Chicago area.


We offer a variety of generous financial support opportunities for graduate study, including year-long fellowships funded by the Max Kade Foundation for both incoming and advanced graduate students and multi-year fellowships for incoming students that are administered by the UIC Graduate College as well as teaching and research assistantships and study exchange opportunities at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The Jacobson "Bridges" Fund provides research support for Germanic Studies students to visit archives and libraries, attend workshops, and conduct research in Germany and Austria and in locations across the US during the summer.

Programs of Study

Graduate Students Maryann Piel and Zachary Fitzpatrick meet German actor Bjarne Mädel at the Chicago International Film Festival.

We offer a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Germanic Studies, and each student’s course of study is developed in an individualized manner. Germanic Studies M.A. and Ph.D. students can also pursue interdepartmental concentrations in Central and Eastern European Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Jewish Studies, and Black Studies. Graduates of the M.A. and Ph.D. programs have garnered teaching positions at liberal arts colleges, research universities, community colleges, and high schools. Our alumni are likewise successful in careers beyond Academia, including in translation, publishing, and international business. We mentor all students intensively along their educational path. Graduate students participate in a comprehensive teaching development program that provides them with ample opportunities to teach language and culture courses at all levels and in blended and online formats while learning about current language pedagogy, literacy development and instructional technologies.

Ph.D student Christina Mekonen presents her research at the conference of the German Studies Association.

Intellectual Community

Our intellectual community is particularly vibrant, as faculty and students in Germanic Studies take advantage of lectures and presentations from the many scholars in the greater Chicago German Studies community and beyond. The School of Literatures, Cultural Studies and Linguistics provides a cutting-edge intellectual environment in which students and faculty share their work. Graduate students in the School work together with their peers in neighboring literature and cultural studies departments to organize reading groups and graduate student conferences that attract national and international participation.

Max Kade Visiting Professor Christoph Rauen introduces writer Leif Randt at the Goethe Institut.

Our graduate students also benefit from the Department’s close collaborations with Chicago's many cultural institutions, such as the Goethe Institut of Chicago and the Gene Siskel Film Center; with the Consulates and Honorary Consuls of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein; and with trade organization such as the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Advantage Austria, and the Swiss-American Business Council. They participate in pedagogical and cultural workshops in regional organizations such as the Northern Illinois chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, and they frequently present papers and participate in seminars at the conferences of such national organizations as the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the German Studies Association (GSA).


Our faculty members have expertise in areas ranging from 18th to 21st century literature and culture, in Film Studies, and in Second Language Acquisition. They hold leadership positions in the profession as presidents or executive board members of organizations such as the German Studies Association, the Austrian Studies Association, and the Goethe Society of North America. They also serve as editors or editorial board members of major book series and journals. Each year, we host a Max Kade Visiting Professor from a German-speaking country who teaches a graduate course and helps organize a conference that highlights the research of graduate students, faculty, and invited scholars.

Patrick Fortmann

long nineteenth century; poetics of science; political imaginary; Kafka; Büchner; Goethe
Sara Hall

international silent film; contemporary German cinema and transnational film markets; women film pioneers
Elizabeth Loentz

German-Jewish Studies; Yiddish culture in Central Europe; transnational and migrant literature; First German Women's Movement; late 19th- to 21st-century literature
Imke Meyer

narrative; critical theory; gender studies; late 19th- and 20th-century German and Austrian literature and culture; German and Austrian Film
Susanne Rott

Second Language Acquisition; L2 lexical development; CALL; replication research
Heidi Schlipphacke

18th-century European thought; gender and kinship; post-WWII German and Austrian literature; European cinema; queer theory; critical theory; time
Astrida Tantillo

Goethe; 18th-century literature, culture, and history of science

For more information about funding for graduate studies in German at the University of Illinois at Chicago, please contact Heidi Schlipphacke, Director of Graduate Studies ( Please see our website for more information about graduate study in our department ( ) (


Department of Germanic Studies
601 South Morgan Street (MC 315)
1722 University Hall Chicago, IL 60607

Categories: Announcement
Keywords: announcement