The Founder's Fund

for Student Researchers

The Founder’s Fund was established in honor of the DEFA Film Library’s founding director, Professor Emeritus Barton Byg. Its purpose is to help support research into East German cinema on the part of student scholars in the U.S. and Canada.


During its initial three-year phase (2019-2021), $2,000 will be allocated to the Founder’s Fund annually. Graduate, undergraduate and high-school students are invited to apply for stipends to help cover costs associated with DVD rentals and/or research visits to the DEFA Film Library.


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All DEFA Film Library staff members are always happy to answer questions, advise students on our resources and help plan student research projects. Inquiries and applications for Founder's Fund stipends should be directed to Dr. Skyler Arndt-Briggs at Please get in touch as soon as possible in your planning process and include “FOUNDER’S FUND” in the subject line of all emails. 

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