Brueckner Summer Travel Grant

The Department of German and Russian invites applications from students interested in German for the Hans-Dieter Brueckner Memorial Summer Grant.


The Hans-Dieter Brueckner Memorial Summer Grant, a $3,000 award, was established by Mark Wyland ‘68 in recognition of the dedication and service of Professor Hans-Dieter Brueckner to the students of Pomona College. From 1962 to 1990, Professor Brueckner introduced countless students to the German language and literature. Through his inspired course on Kafka, Hesse, and Mann, taught in translation, he reached many Claremont students even outside of German language studies.


The grant has no specific academic requirements. Intermediate knowledge of the German language is required. The key purpose is to expose the successful applicant to a broad cultural experience, and, if possible, to enhance this experience through a home-stay with a German family. 

Items Required for Application

  1. A letter of application to Professor Hans J. Rindisbacher, explaining the curricular, financial, and personal reasons for applying.
  2. A list of courses taken in various fields that are relevant to the German-speaking world, e.g., economics, government, history, international relations, language, literature, philosophy.
  3. A statement of purpose explaining the project or program of study the applicant intends to pursue during the summer.
  4. One letter of recommendation from a sponsoring faculty member.
  5. E-mail address, phone number, and times available for an interview in person with the German faculty.

Application Deadline: April 1st

Recent recipients

2017: Kyle Lenhart-Wees: Architecture / sustainable landscaping / organic farming
2016: Sitong Xu: Soccer in Germany today / German language course
2015: David Rosas: Slam poetry on German stages
2014: Sally Tianrong Zhang: Tracing Johann Sebastian Bach
2014: Morris Zhonglun Sun: The history of Chinese Studies at the University of Heidelberg
2013: James Reinke: Zen centers in Germany
2012: Mattie Johnson: social work in Dortmund
2012: Edie Harris: field work on the topic of “Heimat”
2011: Jennifer Schmidt: Environmental research in Germany
2010: Carly Hite: WOOFing in Germany
2009: Xinyi Guo: Wall-in-the-Head , 20 years later
2008: Andrea Gottstein: Visual Art in Public Spaces
2007: Luke Lindeman: “Dialects in Germany.”
2006: Brian Kastl: “Germany and the 2006 Soccer World Cup.”
2005: Jordan Meyer: “A Study of the German City: Street Music in Hamburg”
2004: Michelle Hae Min Park: “Life in a Community: Turkish immigrants and integration in Germany: A socio-economic observation through spatial lens.”
2003: Katie Spielberger: “Learning one language through another: A Study of German Sign Language”
2002: Jackie Mark
2001: George Casey