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The Erika C. and Ward B. Lewis Award for German Studies

The Erika C. and Ward B. Lewis Award will be given to one or two German students each academic year for study at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich, Germany.

The Lewis Award celebrates Erika and the late Ward Lewis's passion for the arts, seeking to inspire younger generations of students through a sustained personal encounter with Germany's rich artistic and cultural traditions. 

Known for its museums, art galleries, and performing arts, Munich is a vibrant and welcoming city. The Bavarian capital is home to about 1.5 million people, and houses the World Class Bavarian Opera and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Students can easily access the nearby Alps, castles, lakes, and many festivals and cultural events.

Picture of Munich from above

Individual award amount up to $8,000

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be participating in the UGA-LMU partnership exchange
    • LMU study abroad application due Feb. 1st annually
  • Must have German language proficiency of at least GRMN 3010 level coursework

Application materials:

  • Unofficial transcript.
  • One-page statement of purpose explaining why the student wishes to study abroad and how the LMU exchange will fit into the student's long-term academic and career objectives.
  • Letters of recommendation from two UGA faculty members (at least one letter from a non-GSS faculty member).

Lewis Award Application

Please email your completed application to or drop it off at room 201, Joe Brown Hall by February 14th March 20th. 


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