- The International GRHS Essay Contest encourages students from around the world to learn about the history and culture of the German-Russians, people who emigrated from Germany into Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, in the USA, Canada and other countries in the Western Hemisphere, these people have become known as Germans from Russia. The GRHS Essay Contest is open to all students attending public, private, parochial or home schools and to students attending accredited universities as full-time undergraduate students. The subject of the paper must be directly related to German-Russian history heritage or culture and be the contestantâs original work. A contestant does not need to be ethnic German-Russian to enter the contest. Resubmission of previously judged work is not permitted. For more information about this year's theme and to download application forms, please visit our website.