The DAAD awards the Jacob- und Wilhelm-Grimm-Preis to international scholars for outstanding work in the fields of German Literature, Linguistics, German as a Foreign Language as well as Germany Studies.

The prize honours those, that have contributed significantly to international academic cooperation and towards cultural understanding through their teaching and research activities outside Germany. Young German scholars outside of Germany are also honoured through the Jacob- und Wilhelm-Grimm Förderpreis, that was established in 2011. This advancement award goes to those young scholars that have already acquired visible merits in the exploration and mediation of the German language, literature and culture.

The DAAD Jacob- und Wilhelm-Grimm-Preis has a value of 10,000 Euros and a four-week research stay at a German university.

About the awardee:
Prof. Dr. Vibha Surana is the head of the Department of German at the University of Mumbai since December 2008. She also the director of the Confucius Institute there. She completed her MPhil and PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, where she has also held positions of associate professor and professor.

Her areas of specialisation include – German language and literature, cultural studies, comparative literature, aesthetics, intercultural literary criticism, Indo-German cultural discourses, travel literature, methodology of teaching German as a foreign language and learning of Marathi as a second/foreign language.
She has conducted extensive and intensive research in Germany and headed various projects with diverse teams to their successful completion. Moreover, she also been instrumental in facilitating several academic collaborations with many German universities such as University of Hamburg, University of Göttingen, University of Frankfurt and University of Freiburg in student and faculty exchange and joint research projects.

Prof. Surana is a DAAD scholar and the recipient of the Humboldt Fellowship and has won various other accolades.