Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies

Berlin 1

TES Updates, February 20:

Extended Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

We have extended the application deadline for the 2018 TES seminar until March 1, 2018. We have only two remaining spots in the seminar; submit your application NOW to secure one of them. 

Fintan O'Toole

We are pleased to announce that Fintan O'Toole, a columnist, literary editor, and drama critic for The Irish Times will join us for the 2018 Seminar. O'Toole was drama critic for the New York Daily News from 1997 to 2001 and is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. 


Seminar Description

The College of Arts and Letters and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies invite applications for fellowships as part of a new professional development initiative, the Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies. The seminar is open to advanced PhD students and faculty of all ranks and from all disciplines at the University of Notre Dame. It is a joint initiative in partnership with the University of Georgia and made possible through generous support by the Max Kade Foundation. The seminar is directed by William Donahue, Cavanaugh Professor of the Humanities and Chair of the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at Notre Dame; Martin Kagel, A.G. Steer Professor of Germanic and Slavic Studies and Associate Dean of the Franklin College at the University of Georgia; and Nicholas Allen, Franklin Professor of English and Director of the Willson Center at the University of Georgia.

The one-week seminar (May 27 - June 2, 2018) will take place in Berlin and feature distinguished speakers with expertise in German and European politics, economics, history, literature or the arts. Speakers will give lectures in morning sessions and work with seminar participants on pre-assigned readings in the afternoon. The seminar will also use the city of Berlin as a location exemplifying transnational Europe and the program will include short excursions and the attendance of cultural events.

Berlin 2

The goal of the seminar is to expand knowledge and understanding of transnational Europe among U.S. based scholars, advancing the discourse on campus on issues related to Europe, the EU, and Germany’s role in the European Union. Within this larger context, the seminar hopes to initiate new research projects and curricular innovation, including collaboration between faculty from the two participating institutions,the University of Notre Dame and the University of Georgia.


For more information about this seminar, please contact William Donahue at  

All participants will receive:

  • a flight subsidy of up to $1200;
  • hotel accommodation in Berlin for the duration of the seminar;
  • expenses for public transportation pass in Berlin, as well as for materials, cultural events, and some meals.

Application Instructions

Berlin 3

All applicants

  • List name, faculty rank or year in Ph.D. program, department and college
  • Research and teaching agenda (1-2 pages)
  • Explain why and how the Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies will benefit your research and/or teaching. 
  • Describe a curricular innovation or teaching-related activity you would likely implement in the wake of the seminar to support transnational European studies on campus.
  • Attach a brief CV (max three pages)

For graduate student applicants

  • Include a letter of recommendation from your major professor or graduate coordinator.

Deadline and Submission

  • Application deadline is Thursday, March 1, 2018. Notification will follow shortly thereafter. Submit proposal as a single PDF or Word document to Prof. William Donahue at

                                                                                Berlin Seminar Banner