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German Studies Awards from the DAAD go to India and the Ukraine

Bonn, November 26, 2018

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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will award the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize and Promotion Prize on November 26th in Berlin: This year, the renowned German Studies Prize of the DAAD goes to German studies professor Dr. Vibha Surana from Mumbai. With the sponsorship award of the same name, the DAAD honors the Ukrainian literary scholar Dr. Lyubomyr Borakovskyy. In addition to the prize money of 10,000 and 3,000 euros, the winners can look forward to a research stay in Germany.

We are pleased to honor Prof. Vibha Surana, an internationally renowned scientist who deals with the German language and literature in a variety of ways“, Says DAAD President Prof. Margret Wintermantel. "She has earned herself in research and teaching as an exceptionally committed and innovative scientist whose cultural perspective is able to give new impulses to Indian German studies and international and cultural understanding.

Prof. Vibha Surana and Dr. Lyubomyr Borakovskyy

With Vibha Surana and Lyubomyr Borakovskyy, the DAAD is honoring a foreign scholar this year who are both committed to promoting intercultural dialogue with their work“, Says DAAD Vice President Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee. "Both are networked around the world, take up internationally relevant issues in exchange with colleagues and thus help German studies to achieve far-reaching visibility.“

Prof. Vibha Surana teaches at the Department of German at the University of Mumbai and did his doctorate with an intercultural study on Goethe's 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' and 'Agyeyas Shekhar: ek Jivani'. Her research focuses on the analysis of cultural dynamics in literary discourses. As an alumna of the DAAD, a member of international German studies associations and the Goethe Society of India, Prof. Surana has an excellent network and is an internationally respected expert on German language and culture.

The winner of the Grimm Prize is the Ukrainian Germanist Dr. Lyubomyr Borakovskyy from the Chair of Intercultural Communication and Translation Studies at the Ivan Franko University of Lviv. In particular with his research on Judeo-Christian literature, Dr. Borakovskyy excelled. In 2017 he supervised a successful DAAD project (“Synergiya”) as part of the German-Ukrainian Language Year. His extraordinary scientific and political commitment will enrich the Ukrainian German literature studies in the long term.

For this year's award ceremony, DAAD Vice President Prof. Joybrato Mukherjee will welcome the award winners and guests to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Ronald Münch will address the audience from the Foreign Office. The laudation for the award winner will be given by Prof. Andrea Bogner from the Georg-August University of Göttingen.

Journalists are welcome to attend the award ceremony on November 26, 2018 around 6.30 p.m. invited to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Please register by email at [email protected]

Please find attached the program of the evening, further information about the event as well as photos of the award winners.


With the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prizes, the DAAD honors foreign scholars who, in addition to their professional performance, are particularly committed to international cooperation in the fields of German studies and German as a foreign language. The award jury is the German Studies Advisory Board of the DAAD, which advises the DAAD on all matters relating to the promotion of German studies and German at universities. The prizes are funded by the Federal Foreign Office.


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the organization of German universities and their students for the internationalization of the science system. It creates access to the best study and research opportunities for students, researchers and teachers by awarding scholarships. It promotes transnational cooperation and partnerships between universities and is the national agency for European university cooperation.
The DAAD thus supports the goals of foreign cultural and educational policy, national science policy and development cooperation. To this end, it maintains a network with over 70 foreign offices and around 450 lectureships worldwide, as well as the international DAAD Academy (iDA).
In 2017, the DAAD, including the EU programs, funded almost 140,000 Germans and foreigners around the world. The budget comes predominantly from federal funds from various ministries, the European Union as well as from companies, organizations and foreign governments.