Prestigious DAAD Grant Awarded

BUFFALO, NY ― Zhasmina Tacheva ’14 is the recipient of a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) or German Academic Exchange Service Grant.

Tacheva is a junior German, philosophy and economics/finance triple major at Canisius College. 

The DAAD Grant will fund Tacheva’s research at Katholische Universitat Eichstatt-Igolstadt, where she will investigate “Four Contemporary German-Language Authors of Bulgarian Descent and Their Influence on Bulgaria-German Relations.”  The grant also provides Tacheva’s airfare and health insurance for the spring 2014 semester.

“The DAAD Grant is among the most prestigious and competitive scholarships a student can be awarded to study in Germany,” says Peter Böhm, PhD, associate professor of German at Canisius. “The applicant must present a singular and original project with a preferably German topic. Zhasmina’s success in winning one of the very few DAAD grants available to students from the US is remarkable and significant.”

“Germany and the German culture in particular have always been a prominent part of the education of a well-rounded Bulgarian,” says Tacheva, who is a Bulgarian national. “Many of the brightest thinkers of Bulgaria either received their higher education in Germany or spent time there to further their education or invigorate their knowledge of academic disciplines such as literature, philosophy, sociology or economics.”  

Tacheva’s research will involve authors such as Ilija Trojanow, Dimitre Dinev, Evelina Jecker Lambreva and Sibylle Lewitscharoff, whose works she says “facilitate the creation of more efficient cultural politics between the two countries.” Tacheva plans to interview four of the authors while in Germany.   Tacheva is the first Canisius undergraduate student at Canisius to win a DAAD grant. Two Canisius alumni won DAAD grants during their graduate and post-graduate studies.

The Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education and provides financial support to more than 70,000 individuals per year. DAAD also represents the German higher education system abroad, promotes Germany as an academic and research destination, and helps build ties between institutions around the world.

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.