GSAI Postgraduate Travel Bursary Scheme


The German Studies Association of Ireland Postgraduate Travel Bursary Scheme is intended to provide financial support to postgraduate students working in German Studies who need to travel nationally or abroad for the following purposes:

  • to present work at conferences
  • to undertake research at libraries and/or archives
  • to collect data and/or undertake fieldwork


As such, the bursary can be used to cover:

  • travel expenses
  • conference registration fees
  • accommodation costs



The bursary scheme is open to all postgraduates registered for postgraduate programmes at third-level institutions in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and engaged in research relevant to German Studies. A maximum of €250 can be awarded to any one student in a given year. Applicants must be members of the German Studies Association of Ireland for at least three months prior to application.


The scheme covers any of the above mentioned activities conducted within 9 months from the date of award of the bursary. The bursary cannot be used to cover costs retrospectively.


There may be a second call for applications for the scheme in the autumn depending on the association’s finances. This call will be issued via the GSAI distribution list to all paid-up members.


Application Process

Calls for applications are circulated via the GSAI email list. Applicants to the 2017/18 scheme are invited to submit the completed form, together with a CV, by 28th April 2017 to GSAI Secretary Emma Riordan in the first instance: Applications will be considered by the GSAI committee and applicants will be notified of the outcome within three weeks.


Successful applicants will be required to submit a short report (200-250 words) on the completed project and a travel expenses claim form, together with the necessary receipts, to the GSAI Secretary. They will also be required to acknowledge the support of the GSAI, should their research be published.

It is expected that successful applicants attend the GSAI annual conference where the bursary will be awarded. They may also be asked to draft a short GSAI conference report.