How do I become a Blocker Fellow?

Application Procedures and Selection Process

Students seeking admission to any HWS study abroad program in Germany must complete all components of the online application by the published deadline in order to be considered for admission to the program.

Students seeking admission into any of these programs are encouraged to apply for financial support through the Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund according to the provisions outlined below. Note that the IES programs in Berlin and Freiburg and the Norwich University CityLab: Berlin program will only be available to students selected as Blocker Fellows and only for one semester. A separate hardcopy application for Blocker for Blocker funding is required and must be submitted to the Center for Global Education as outlined below.

Blocker Fellows participating in semester- or year-long programs (only students applying to the university-based programs in Bremen, Leipzig, or Tuebingen may apply for a full academic year) receive funding to offset the cost of room and board, international airfare, German residence permit, local transportation, and books/course materials. In addition, Fellows are encouraged to apply for additional funding to cover the cost of participation in a language immersion program prior to the semester.

Fellowship Requirements

  1. Minimum GPA: 3.0
  2. Language Study: Although no prior language study is required at the time of admission, Fellowship recipients must take at least one semester of German prior to going abroad (including the semester before departure) and at least one course in German on site. Students are strongly encouraged to continue language study upon their return to the HWS campus.
  3. Blocker Cultural Project: All Blocker Fellows must maintain a blog while they are abroad that documents their encounters with German culture. Through this blog Fellows will provide updates on their cultural project, which must be completed upon their return to campus. The project may take a variety of forms (including a photographic display, a video/film, a written narrative or poetry, artwork, a website, etc.) and is designed to illustrate the student’s journey in Germany and what they learned about the country, its people and culture, and themselves. Students will present their projects on campus during the Blocker Showcase event and these will be utilized (with permission) as instructional materials in the German curriculum. Blocker Fellows will be required to provide regular updates during their time abroad.

Application Procedures and Selection Process

Interested students must submit a Julius G. Blocker ’53 Endowed Fund application and accompanying essay by the published deadline (October 2, 2017 for Fall 2018 programs or full year 2018-2019 programs; February 28, 2018 for Spring 2019 programs) to be considered for an award. A committee comprised of representatives from the German Area Studies program, the Center for Global Education, and the Committee on Global Education will review applications and select recipients. The committee will consider applicants’ academic and social records, essay outlining interest in Germany and proposed cultural project, and letters of recommendation. Please note that while prior study of German language is not required at the time of application, a demonstrated interest in German language and culture is helpful.

For further information visit the Center for Global Education (3rd floor Trinity Hall) or contact Professor Eric Klaus or Professor Ashwin Manthripragada in the German Area Studies program (Smith Hall).

Julius G. Blocker '53 Endowed Fund Application


Submit your application and accompanying essay by 5 p.m. Monday, October 2, 2017 for Fall 2018 programs and Monday, February 28, 2018 for Spring 2019 programs.

Program Options

  • University of Bremen
  • University of Leipzig
  • University of Tuebingen
  • IES Berlin
  • IES Freiburg
  • CityLab: Berlin (Norwich University)

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