DAAD Research Ambassador for Music Research
The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) has recently inaugurated a new "research ambassadors" program; AMS member Jennifer Ronyak, Ph.D. candidate at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, has agreed to serve as disciplinary representative for music research.
The DAAD hopes to increase the visibility of their large array of research funding programs (at all levels, but especially from the doctoral level on up), as well as other funding sources and research institutions in Germany (including DFG, the Humboldt Foundation, and other options).
In August 2009, the DAAD led the new "ambassadors" in a training seminar which spelled out the various types of research institutions and funding options available to scholars, including in the humanities. They emphasized, especially, recent reinvestment in research due to the temporary "excellence initiative" program, as well. The DAAD hopes that the research ambassadors will be available to help with inquiries concerning research in Germany from our "virtual campus" (i. e., not merely at our home universities but in our discipline).