Centres for German and European Studies


Responding to the long history of close cooperation and friendship between Germany and North America, the DAAD has sponsored nine Centres for German and European Studies in the USA and Canada. These Centres emphasize collaboration in the humanities and social sciences in order to promote the academic study of Germany in a European context by way of an interdisciplinary approach. At the same time they develop further the network of political, economic, and cultural ties between Europe and North America.

Each Centre has its particular emphases and special projects. All of them, however, provide:

  • Support for young academics
  • Interdisciplinary teaching
  • Comparative research projects
  • A forum for the discussion of contemporary German and European issues
  • Encouragement to use the German language

Learn more about the Centres in Canada by clicking on the headlines below.

Established by a grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) and funds from the University of Toronto, the Joint Initiative is a program of cross disciplinary support for research and scholarship at the University of Toronto in the area of German and European Studies. The program supports activities such as the following:

  • Dissertation fellowships and research and travel grants, primarily for graduate students in social sciences and humanities
  • Exchanges of faculty and graduate students between the University of Toronto and German universities
  • A limited number of summer research projects for senior undergraduate students in the area of German and European Studies
  • Workshops, seminars, and conferences
  • A modest program of “seed money” for faculty research

Prof. Alexander Reisenbichler, Research Coordinator
Joint Initiative in German and European Studies
University of Toronto
Munk School of Global Affairs
Room 128N
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON
Canada M5S 3K7
Tel: (416) 946-8962
Fax: (416) 946-8963

Founded in 1997 as a joint Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at York University and the Université de Montréal, CCEAE now operate independently from offices in Montréal. Through its teaching programs, research initiatives and outreach activities, the Centre fosters an educated social awareness among Canadians about Germany and Europe that contributes to international understanding and a celebration of Canada’s own multicultural spirit.

Prof. Laurence McFalls, Directeur
Le Centre Canadien d’Études Allemandes et Européennes
Université de Montréal
3744, rue Jean-Brillant, suite 525
Montréal, Québec
Canada H3T 1P1
Tél.: (514) 343-6763
Fax: (514) 343-7187

Established in May 1998 as the Institute for European Studies (IES) with DAAD support for a professorship, the Centre is part of UBC’s ongoing mission to advance international knowledge and research about Europe. Emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach, the Institute promotes an exchange of ideas, students and scholars between Canada and Europe, and provides a forum for public debate on European issues through research seminars, workshops, lecture series and international conferences.

Prof. Katherine Bowers, Director
Centre for European Studies
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Buchanan Tower
1873 East Mall
Vancouver BC
Canada V6T 1Z1
Tel: (604) 822 6431

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