Binational Tandem Postdoctoral Fellowships at the German Historical Institute

German Historical Institute

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: September 1, 2018

German Historical Institute seeking applications for the Binational Research Tandem Program in the History of Knowledge and Knowledge Cultures and in Global History and Trans-Regional History
A member institution of the Max Weber Foundation – International Humanities, the German Historical Institute Washington is a distinguished non-university affiliated historical research institute, conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research with a transatlantic focus. Its fellowship program promotes cutting-edge research in history and related disciplines and international exchange of scholars. For this purpose, the GHI in cooperation with the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University is offering German and North American scholars the opportunity to develop binational research tandems which link up two academics (in each thematic area), one from Germany and one from North America to work on projects, either on:
  • the history of knowledge, ideally ones which focus on the development of transatlantic perspectives on the issues they examine
  • or, on projects which engage with global history or use transregional approaches.

Both types of projects should contain productive areas of overlap with the tandem partner either in their topics or in their conceptual frameworks. The two tandem programs present an excellent opportunity for scholars from Germany and North America to develop their expertise by collaborating closely, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields.

Areas of research the GHI is going to develop in the next years are “History of Knowledge,” “Religion and Ethnicity,” and “Spaces and Symbolic Boundaries.” The institute has also developed a strong interest in “Digital history.” Projects that address one of these fields or relate to them in any way are particularly welcome; we are, however, also happy to consider applications focusing on other topics.

The program is designed for postdoctoral, mid-career, and established historians from Germany and North America. In order to ensure successful collaboration, our preference is for applicants to already have identified their potential tandem partner. We welcome applications from both long-standing binational partnerships as well as from newly created partnerships for the purposes of the fellowship. Preference will also be given to candidates doing original research for a new book project.

Starting in September 2019, the successful applicants will be in residence at the GHI and invited to participate in GHI activities and events. They will be expected to plan and convene a joint conference or workshop, which will be funded by the GHI, as well as to give a public lecture at Georgetown University. The fellows will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing their research agendas.

Funding will be provided for a 9-month stay at the German Historical Institute Washington, DC. The monthly stipend will be graded, depending on the academic status applicants will receive between 3,400 and 6000 Euro per month (or the equivalent in USD; for specific amounts please visit the GHI website.

In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip economy airfare to the US. The GHI regrets that it is unable to provide accommodation for its fellows.

The deadline for applications is September 1, 2018. To apply, please

  • an application form,
  • send a cover letter
  • a CV, a copy of the certificate of your most recently achieved qualification,
  • a research project proposal (5 pages or 2,000 words max),
  • a one-page proposal for a collaborative project during the fellowship (e.g., a joint publication or a workshop [be aware that any proposal that requires additional funding will have to go through a separate approval process once the fellowship is granted]),
  • two samples of your academic writing (an article or a book chapter), and
  • the names and contact details of two referees.

While applicants may write in either English or German, we recommend that they use the language in which they are most proficient. We can accept applications in electronic form only. Please submit your documents in a single PDF file to:

For more information, please contact: Bryan Hart (

Posted: July 30, 2018