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KNOXVILLE — Two doctoral students and one undergraduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have been awarded prestigious grants to study and do research in Europe this academic year.

Tracey Hayes of the history department won a Fulbright Scholarship to Poland, and Jacob Hamric of the history department will be going to Germany on a DAAD fellowship. Amy Hill, a junior studying German, won a DAAD scholarship.

Hayes will be going to Poland for a year to research her dissertation topic, “Shattered Communities: Soldiers, Rabbis, and the Ostjuden during Occupation: 1915-1918.” She will consult the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, state and military archives, and other archival resources in museums.

By examining the relationship between the German, Austrian and Polish Jewish communities during the Great War, her work will contribute to a better understanding of fracture that took place under the pressure of total war in 1917.

The Fulbright Program is an international education program, established in 1946, sponsored by the U.S. government with the goal of facilitating relationships between the U.S. and other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards fellowships to recent bachelor’s graduates, master’s and doctoral students, young professionals and artists for study and research abroad.

The German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, provides study scholarships and research grants to U.S. and Canadian students from all academic fields wanting to study in Germany. Programs include study scholarships, research grants, summer programs, professional internships and German language courses.

Hamric will be in Germany for a year doing research for his dissertation, “The German Temple Society: Culture, Religious Nationalism, and Ideology in Palestine, 1861-1918.” He will work at the Federal Archives and the Foreign Office Archives in Berlin and consult other archives in Stuttgart.

His dissertation examines the Temple Society, a German Protestant missionary society resolved to build an ideal society in Palestine. Ultimately, this project serves as a case study for the connections between religion and nationalism.

Hill will be studying at the Universität Dortmund.

DAAD recipients receive a monthly stipend, plus additional funds to help defray travel and research expenses, as well as health insurance.

UT students who wish to apply for a 2009-2010 Fulbright or DAAD should contact the Office of External Scholarships at external@utk.edu.

More information about Fulbrights, DAADs and other prestigious fellowships is available at http://externalscholarships.utk.edu.


Rebekah Page, Office of External Scholarships, (865) 974-7825, rjpage@utk.edu

Noah Rost, Center for International Education, (865) 974-3177, rost@utk.edu