PhD candidate Brian Van Wyck has been offered two research fellowships in the Program for Advanced German and European Studies at Free University in Berlin and a Fulbright IIE grant. Mr. Van Wyck’s research looks at teachers and imams sent by the Turkish state to work with Turks in (West) Germany and argues that German and Turkish policies and public attitudes toward these transnational civil servants reflect changing ideas about citizenship and belonging in both countries.
The Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies promotes a new generation of young North American scholars with specialized knowledge of modern and contemporary Germany and Europe. The program supports scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research which leads to completion of a monograph. The program offers a stimulating academic environment that combines excellent research opportunities at one of Germany’s most distinguished research universities with intellectual and cultural interaction. A biweekly colloquium serves as a central meeting point for all fellows to share, discuss and support each other’s work.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.