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Feuchtwanger Memorial Library *: Research Grants

Personal materials, manuscripts and correspondences of German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his invaluable library. Collections on German-speaking exile artists who had to flee Europe and found refuge in Southern California

Travel Grant from the Deutsche Literatur Archiv Marbach

The American Friends of the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach ( award a travel grant of $1,500 for Ph.D. candidates in the field of German Studies to work in the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach ( Please submit a 1-2 page project description which should include a brief statement about the relevance of the holdings of the DLA for your project, a current C.V. and one letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor to Professor Meike Werner, Department of Germanic and Slavic at Vanderbilt University (

Research Grants at the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies at the University of Kansas

The Max Kade Committee of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures will accept applications by graduate students and established scholars for research at the Max Kade Center. Awarded grant money may be used for travel to Lawrence, Kansas, and living expenses while pursuing research at the Max Kade Center of the University of Kansas. In general, grant amounts are awarded up to $1,000 and must be used within one year of notification of the award.  At certain times, especially during summer months, the Max Kade apartment may be available for lodging.

Short-term (four-week maximum) grants are available for research at the Max Kade Center about the following areas: exile studies, dialect studies, German immigration history, especially on the American Turner Societies (Turnvereine), and research related to the life and work of Albert Bloch. Website:


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Independent researcher:

Amount requested:

Attach to the application:

1) Project abstract of approximately 100 words, including the project's goals, methods, and expected results with reference to the specific holdings to be consulted at the Max Kade Center  

3) Budget for the amount requested
4) CV
5) Graduate students should request at least one letter of recommendation by a scholar who is familiar with the applicant’s research project.


Send applications to:

Research Grants Application

Max Kade Center for German-American Studies

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

1445 Jayhawk Blvd., #2080

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas 66044


Research Grants

The Feuchtwanger Memorial Library awards research grants for scholars whose work would benefit from access to German exile study materials in the University Libraries' archival and printed collections.


Who is eligible?

Anyone with a scholarly interest in researching German exile studies at USC is invited to apply. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars whose work would benefit from resources in USC's German Exile Studies collections, in particular the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, are eligible. 

What may the grant money be used for?

Grant money may be used for travel to the University of Southern California's Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, costs of copying pertinent resources German exile-related from the University Libraries, and living expenses while pursuing research at USC. Grant amounts are awarded up to $1600 and must be used within one year of notification of the award.

How do I apply?

An application form may be secured by contacting:

Michaela Ullmann
Exile Studies Librarian
Feuchtwanger Memorial Library
Doheny Memorial Library
University Park
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189

Phone: (213) 740-8185

In addition to the form, applicants are asked to supply:

Project abstract of 100 words or fewer
Budget for the amount of grant money requested
Outline of the project's goals, methods, and expected results reflecting its relationship to the German Exile Studies resources at the University of Southern
Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two references familiar with your research

When is the deadline?

Applications can be submitted at any point during the year; however, proposals must be made 2 months prior to planned research visit.

When will I know if I will receive a grant?

Applicants will be notified within two months of receipt of application.


Recipients of Research Grants

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Research Grants for German Exile Studies

Past Recipients

This webpage recognizes the recipients of the German Exile Studies Research Grants at USC's Feuchtwanger Memorial Library. The research grant was established in 1997, made possible by the generous gift of Marta Feuchtwanger to the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library at the University of Southern California.








             Sabine Berendse & Paul Clements, Penarth, UK
ranslation of the unpublished version of the German play HUAC - Der Fall Eisler nach Protokollen.

              Alexandra Tyrolf, Leipzig, Germany
Doctoral Thesis on German-speaking female exiles on the West Coast.

              Andrea Ressel, Kühlungsborn, Germany
              Research on Bertolt Brecht and his exile in Southern California for her publication Zwischen politischem Engagement und
              künstlerischer Freiheit: Bertolt Brecht im amerikansichen Exil




              Prof. Horst Weber, Essen, Germany
              Hanns Eisler's life and work in Los Angeles

              Johannes Gall, Berlin, Germany
              Hanns Eisler: Music for Hollywood (Doctoral Thesis)

              Beth Merfish, New York
              Doctoral Thesis on Mexico as a center of Anti-Facism.



                Felicitas Mielke, Potsdam, Germany
                Doctoral Thesis at the Film and Television University ‘Konrad Wolf’ in Potsdam on the emigration and remigration of Erich
                (Eric) Pommer and his work as film officer and producer.

               Armin Niedermeier, Landeck, Österreich
               Research on actor Oscar Homolka and his emigration to the US for his Master Thesis at the University of Innsbruck.



Evelyn Juers, Sydney, Australia

Research for her book House of Exile - about the world in exile of a group of writers and intellectuals who fled Germany in the 1930s, first for other European countries, and then for the USA.

Larissa Schütze, München, Germany
Dissertation about German-speaking film artists in the Warner Bros. Studios, 1933-1945

Anne Hartmann, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Project to review and reevaluate Lion Feuchtwanger’s travelogue MOSKAU 1937 and to reconstruct his stay in the USSR with the help of reports of interpreter D. Karavkina and materials from the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library for a possible re-reading of the travelogue.



Ian Wallace, Clevedon, UK
Research for a number of entries on the life and works of Lion Feuchtwanger for the web-based Literary Encyclopedia, and preparation for a talk and public discussion on the occasion of Lion Feuchtwanger’s 50th death year.

Christoph Schmitt-Maass, Cologne, Germany
“Feuchtwangers Visionen. Medienrezeption und Erzählstrategien in den späten historischen Romanen Lion Feuchtwangers.“ Paper presented at the 3rd Conference of the International Feuchtwanger Society.

Sandra Nagel, Memorial de la Shoah, Paris, France
Project to establish a temporary exhibition about the French internment camp Les Milles on the site of the former camp which will also illustrate the life, internment and emigration of Lion Feuchtwanger.

Christian Schärf, Universität Mainz, Germany
Research on the correspondence between Heinrich and Nelly Mann. The letters shall be transcribed and published for a critical edition. A detailed commentary of the relationship between Heinrich and Nelly Mann, its influence for the literary works of the author and a description of the general circumstances of his exile life will complete the publication.

Hanna Therese Maaria Hörmann, München, Germany
Research for a master thesis which will investigate Lion Feuchtwanger’s poitical an personal ideas on his novel DIE FÜCHSE IM WEINBERG and the influence and importance the constituting cosmopolitanism had on it.



Sally Bick, Windsor Ontario, Canada
Work on a book about the Hollywood film music of Hanns Eisler and his critical and theoretical writings in the field. Eisler was a central figure in Hollywood émigré circles and worked closely with Brecht, Fritz Lang and Theodor Adorno among others.

Anne-Clara Schenderlein, Germany


Waltraud Maierhofer, University of Iowa, USA



Breixo Viejo, Graduate student at the New School University (New York) and University of Madrid

Breixo Viejo is writing his dissertation on Hanns Eisler's "Film Music Project" and creating a documentary "Stretta" about the origins, development and results of this project. Mr. Viejo consulted the rich correspondence files in the Hanns Eisler Collection in the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library for his two projects.


Heike Specht, Graduate student, University of Munich

Heike Specht's doctoral dissertation examines five generations of the prominent Bavarian-Jewish family of the Feuchtwangers. While at USC, Ms. Specht read the extensive correspondence files between Lion Feuchtwanger and his siblings and his diary. In addition, she also consulted manuscripts of Feuchtwanger's speeches and essays.

Noah Isenberg, Associate Prof. of German Studies, Wesleyan University

Dr. Isenberg's current book project, "Perennial Detour: The Cinema of Edger G. Ulmer and the Experience of Exile," brought him to USC to conduct research in the extensive collections of German emigre film makers in the Cinema-TV Library's Performing Arts Archive.


Catrin Schulz, Graduate student from University of Kansas, Lawrence

While at the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, Catrin Schulz researched the manuscript drafts and correspondence related to Lion Feuchtwanger's short stories, in particular "Herrn Wollsteins Gepäckscheine" ("Mr. Wollstein's Trunk Checks").




Jordan E. Bear, Student at Johns Hopkins University

Jordan Bear's research at USC focused on Fritz Lang and the relationship between the German émigré sensibility and the identity of Los Angeles.

Andrea Bunzel, Graduate Student, University of Montpellier

Ms. Bunzel's visit to the Feuchtwanger Library related to her dissertation topic of Lion Feuchtwanger's Josephus Trilogy. In particular, she research the relationship between the historical novels and Feuchtwanger's source materials.




Ian Wallace, University of Bath

Dr. Wallace is currently researching German-Jewish writers forced into exile in the 1930s. For his project at the Feuchtwanger Library, he focused on Lion Feuchtwanger's autobiographical work Unholdes Frankreich and novel Exil, with particular interest in the creation of Unholdes Frankreich and its relationship to other texts based on experiences in French internment camps.



Hélène Yeche, University of Poitiers

Dr. Yeche's research project focused on Feuchtwanger's novel Narrenweisheit oder Tod und Verklärung des Jean-Jacues Rousseau to study the reception of the political and philosophical ideas of the French Revolution in German exile literature in Southern California.

Thomas David, writer, Hamburg

Mr. David used archival materials in the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library for his biography of Fritz Lang; his goal in specific was to learn more about Lang's relationship with his fellow German exiles in Southern California.

Christine Heine-Teixeira, Assistente, University of Madeira

While conducting research for her dissertation, Ms. Heine-Teixeira focused on Feuchtwanger's expansion of the genre of historical fiction and Feuchtwanger's portrayal of Jewish topics and themes.

Melanie Krob, independent scholar, New Orleans

Dr. Krob's project examined the German exiles' use of France and its cultural icons as symbols in their writings.

Vera Stegmann, Assoc. Professor of German, Lehigh University

During Dr. Stegmann's stay, she researched the Hanns Eisler Collection with particular attention to Eisler's correspondence and his writings on film music.



Courtney Peltzer, graduate student, University of Kansas

Ms. Peltzer researched Lion Feuchtwanger's historical play and novel Jud Süß and his play "The Devil in Boston" while visiting the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library.

Jonathan Skolnik, graduate student, Columbia University

As a component of his doctoral dissertation, Mr. Skolnik's research at the Feuchtwanger Library examined Feuchtwanger's relation to the literary model of the popular German-Jewish novels of the 19th century.

Alexander Stephan, Professor of German, University of Florida

Dr. Stephan researched a number of topics related to Lion Feuchtwanger during his visit to the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, including investigation of the surveillance of German exile writers in the United States and reviewing lesser-known Feuchtwanger texts for publication.


Frank Baron, Professor of German, University of Kansas

Dr. Baron conducted research at the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library investigating the background (in particular Thomas Mann's role) in the August 1943 declaration signed by several German exiles Southern California which argued the need to fight for an unconditional capitulation of Germany.




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