Doing Research in Berlin
Students who wish to do a significant research project in Berlin should submit a two-page research proposal on a Germany-specific topic to the Director of the Berlin Program at least two months before the quarter commences; the proposal should include a definition of the topic and scope of the proposed work and should explain how it resonates with the students’ previous work and overall academic focus. An alternative option is to conduct research as a Krupp intern in a relevant German institution.
Undergraduate Student Grants for Research
Several grants are available through VPUE that can help support research abroad, including the Chappell Lougee Scholarship and Major Grant. For specific details regarding grant deadlines, eligibility, and policies for off-campus research, please visit the Student Grants Website.
Stanford students have always been involved in various volunteer opportunities in Berlin. Lately, students have organized small projects in a German-English Kindergarten close to the Berlin Center, called Kinderhaus Tom Sawyer. Past projects have included a singing project, a baking project and a reading project, as well as making ice cream with some of the children. It is also possible to get involved individually with Treffpunkt Hilfsbereitsschaft, a Berlin volunteering network. Students will be matched with this organization to see what opportunities may be available.
Students who would like to get involved in a local volunteering activity while in Berlin, please be in touch with the Student Services Coordinator during the second week after your arrival at the Center to see what kind of work will be available and if you are able to add another commitment to your academic schedule.