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Notice to New School Film makers: Grants Available for Study in Germany

The DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/German Academic Exchange Service) has announced its annual competition for grants for study in Germany.

DAAD Study Scholarships are available to graduate students in the field of film making who wish to pursue study at German institutions of higher education.  These grants are intended to cover ten months of study (October 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015), and provide stipends of approximately €750 ($1,002) per month.  The DAAD will also provide health insurance and a travel allowance.  In certain cases scholarships may be extended to cover a second year.

Scholarship applicants must specify the art college (Kunsthochschule), university of applied science (Fachhochschule), or full university at which they wish to study, and the specific faculty members with whom they would like to work.  They should, at the time of their application, indicate these preferences to the DAAD, which will apply to the schools on behalf of those chosen for scholarships.  Admission decisions are wholly at the discretion of the individual institutions, and scholarships will not be conferred to candidates who do not receive admission.

As part of the application, film makers should submit their work in DVD video (PAL or NTSC format).  DVD-ROM and CD-ROM are also acceptable if they are playable on a standard Windows PC with VLC player.  The CD or DVD submitted should be labeled with artist’s name, title, running time, and date.  All people who have contributed to the film should be listed in closing credits with the applicant’s role especially noted.  Viewing time should be 8 minutes; extracts from full-length films may be used; short films may be submitted in their entirety.

US or Canadian citizens are eligible for grants.  Citizens of other countries may be eligible, but must have been enrolled in a degree program at The New School for at least two years, and must contact the New York office of the DAAD (212-758-3223) to determine whether they qualify.

Applications for study or research grants must be completed online. The online application and instructions for completing it may be found on DAAD web site .  Although The New School is DAAD partner institution, applications should be submitted directly to the DAAD New York Office (871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017; 212-758-3223; daadny@daad.org), and must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2013.  Questions regarding the competition may be directed to Henry Watkin, Coordinator of International Exchanges, New School for Social Research, 72 Fifth Avenue, Room 317, New York, NY 10011, 212-229-5700 ext. 3011, WatkinH@newschool.edu