The International Women's University

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We (DAAD) would like to introduce you to the International Women's University (Internationale Frauenuniversität - IFU), the first gender specific university of its kind in Europe. Its first semester will be held on the occasion of the World Fair Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany from July 15 through October 15, 2000. Based on the theme "Technology and Culture" postgraduate academic programs will be offered in six project areas: Body, City, Information, Migration, Water, Work. The University of Hanover will be the center of most of the activities in the Project Areas Migration, Body and Work. However there will be excursions and courses held at other higher education institutions in the northern part of Germany. The International Women's University aims:
* to provide the chance for female senior and young researchers to present their special contributions in the six project areas of the International Women's University.
* to encourage cooperative interdisciplinary teaching and research of established and young academic women in these topics, in order to harness their innovative capacity.
* to open up a permanent network to academic women on a worldwide level which will enrich the existing academic structures and the contents of their disciplines.
* to combine the added value of international cooperation with the innovative effects of paradigm changing approaches of women's research.


* Only women scholars may apply.
* Academics with a first degree (at least bachelor or the equivalent).
* You are expected to commit yourself to one of the six project areas, and your academic specialization should be from a related field.
* Applicants should have accomplished further academic work or professional experience in the project-area's major point of emphasis. Applicants showing an interdisciplinary orientation in their studies and/or projects to date will be give reference.
* A background in women's and/or gender research will constitute a plus.
* Very good knowledge of English is required; knowledge of one further foreign language, preferably German, is desirable but no essential.
* Your academic achievements will be credited by IFU in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the IFU partner-universities. To complete the course it is necessary to regularly attend classes during the whole time of the IFU and submit a piece of your own work, a tangible product. This can take the form of an academic paper, an artistic product, such as a film, an exhibition, a performance, a radio play, or a relevant communication "event" etc.


Students will be able to apply for stipends to cover travel, tuition, health insurance and cost of living. There will be a total of 360 stipends available, 100 of which will be provided by the DAAD.


October 15, 1999- Applications must be received by this date.

Application and for more information

For complete guideline and application information please contact Carmen Kolodzey at the DAAD office in New York. The text of the brochure and application forms can also be obtained through the Internet: Completed application forms may ve sent to the DAAD New York office.

New York Office
German Academic Exchange Service
950 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212)755-5780 fax

For more information, interested students are strongly encouraged to review the brochure for more specific program information.