GSAI Postgraduate Bursary Scheme (COVID-19 Version)

The German Studies Association of Ireland Postgraduate Bursary Scheme has been modified to better provide financial support to postgraduate students working in German Studies who cannot travel due to the pandemic, but nevertheless find themselves with additional expenses:

  • to acquire research materials or equipment
  • to present work at virtual conferences
  • to undertake remote research at libraries and/or archives
  • to collect data and/or undertake remote fieldwork


The bursary scheme is open to all postgraduates registered for postgraduate programmes at third-level institutions in the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom, 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 mention activities conducted between the date of award of the bursary and the end of the calendar year. The bursary cannot be used to cover costs retrospectively.

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


The bursary can be used to cover:

  • conference registration fees
  • buying and/or printing secondary literature
  • remote access to libraries and institutions
  • buying necessary equipment to conduct research at home

This list is not exhaustive and applicants are welcome to make the case for other research-related expenses.

Application Process

Calls for applications are circulated via the GSAI email list. Applicants to the 2021 scheme are invited to submit the completed application form, together with a CV, by 15th April 2022 to GSAI Secretary Hanna Bingel-Jones in the first instance: Applications will be considered by the GSAI committee and applicants will be notified of the outcome within two weeks after the application deadline.

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 to partake in the prize-giving ceremony and they may be asked in advance of the event to draft a short conference report.