The German Academic Exchange Service, Research Opportunities in Germany, and German Research Funding after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 20224:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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John Paul Kleiner, Senior Manager, University Relations at DAAD German Academic Exchange Service, will speak on Funding and Research Opportunities in Germany.

Christian Strowa, Head of Division Knowledge Exchange and Network, DAAD, will provide an overview of German Foreign Cultural and Education Policy after February 24, 2022.

The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. Based in Bonn, Germany, the DAAD is part of Germany’s foreign cultural and educational policy (AKBP), which is often described as the “third pillar” of German foreign policy. Following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, it has become necessary to question pre-conceived notions of what this third pillar can – and should – achieve.

Characterised as a “paradigm shift” or “fundamental turning point” (Zeitenwende) by German Chancellor Scholz, the Russian attack on Ukraine marked a rupture not only in German Foreign, Security and Defense Policy, but also in the field of AKBP. After looking at some concrete funding opportunities offered by the DAAD, this talk will focus on how the events of February 24th, 2022 affected academic exchange and scientific co-operation from a German (and European) point of view, taking a closer look at the German notion of science diplomacy and how it is being rethought in terms of a foreign cultural and education “Realpolitik”.

This event is funded by the DAAD with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).


Larysa Iarovenko


Christian Strowa
Head of Division Knowledge Exchange and Network, DAAD

John Paul Kleiner
Senior Manager, University Relations, DAAD Information Point Toronto

Main Sponsor

Joint Initiative in German and European Studies


Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

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