Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize

Since 1997 the Friends of the German Historical Institute have awarded the Fritz Stern Dissertation Prize for the best doctoral dissertation on a topic in German history written at a North American university. Dissertations on all periods of German history, on German-American relations, on the history of Germans in North America, and on Germany's global engagements or diaspora of Germans are eligible.

Each year's winner is invited to present his/her research in May at the annual symposium of the Friends of the German Historical Institute. The prizewinner also receives an award of $2,000 and reimbursement for travel to the annual symposium held in Washington D.C. 

Candidates are nominated by their dissertation advisers. Dissertations must have been completed, defended, and authenticated between January 1 and December 31. The prize committee will accept nominations through February 15 of the following year. 

To nominate a candidate, dissertation advisers should email the following items to 

  • Letter of nomination
  • Abstract (1-3 pages) of the dissertation
  • Digital version of the dissertation in "Reduced Size PDF" format

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