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The North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop Series is proud to announce the second annual Konrad Jarausch Essay Prize Competition for Advanced Graduate Students. In recognition of the longstanding commitment to graduate education of Konrad H. Jarausch, who is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the History Department of the University of North Carolina, this prize serves to celebrate and cultivate outstanding new talent in the field of Central European history.

The prize will award the best article or chapter-length piece of writing by a current graduate student working in the field of Central European history. The recipient of this prize will receive an honorarium of $500 and an invitation to present their dissertation work with a lecture at the first North Carolina German Studies Seminar (NCGS) in September 2020, which will be held on a Friday afternoon at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In addition, they will be invited to a writing workshop for graduate students in history on the same day, in which the submitted chapter will be discussed by accomplished scholars, who will make suggestions on how to revise and prepare it for submission to a first-rate academic journal. Both events will provide an opportunity for the winner to receive feedback from an interdisciplinary group of experts. Prizewinners will be encouraged, but not required to submit their revised essay for publication. We will cover the costs for travel (economy class flight) to and from Chapel Hill, hotel accommodation and dinner following the lecture.

The NCGS series was started in 2007 by an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional group of scholars in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, which is home to nationally and internationally recognized graduate programs in German Studies. The series has traditionally emphasized graduate education.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program at a North American university.
  • They must not have defended dissertation before 30 April 2020.
  • They must plan to be plan to be resident in North America in the fall 2020.

Requirements for the proposal:

  • A two-page statement describing the outlines of your project, its state of completion, and what you hope to gain by presenting at the seminar.
  • A copy of the CV.
  • A writing sample, ideally a chapter from the dissertation, of between 8,000 and 10,000 words (notincluding notes).

If you are interested, please send the following application materials to Dr. James Chappel (, Dr. Karen Hagemann ( and Dr. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan ( by 30 April 2020. The Decision will be announced in early June. Any questions about the process or the opportunity can be addressed to James Chappel (

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