The Center for German and European Studies condemns the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery amidst numerous other heinous acts of racist, white supremacist violence. We would like to express our condolences to their loved ones and affirm our support of the Black Lives Matter movement. We fully support the statements made by the German Studies Association (GSA) and the Coalition of Women in German (WiG) and encourage all friends and followers to engage in meaningful dialogue and action against racism in all its forms.



The mission of the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) is to support interdisciplinary teaching and research on contemporary Germany and Europe at Brandeis, and to reach out to broader communities on the social, political and cultural issues facing Germany and Europe today.

CGES was founded in 1997 by a generous gift from the German government and Brandeis University, and dedicated in May 1998 by Chancellor Helmut Kohl. 


The Center hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including luncheon talks, panels, cultural events and readings. We invite you to sign up for our Newsletter to receive information about our events.

CGES Online -- While the Brandeis campus is closed, CGES will continue to offer virtual events. The CGES Online series will cover current developments of international relevance because we believe that it is important to stay informed and critical during the world-wide crisis we are facing. Find details about virtual events on our News and Events page.

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Grants and Scholarships

A number of grants and scholarships are available to support research and travel to Germany and Europe. Due to Covid-19, we have paused our Max Kade travel grants for 2020, but hope to bring the program back in 2021.