The German Historical Institute Washington (GHI), located in Washington, DC, is a center for advanced historical research in three core fields: German history, American & transatlantic history, and global history. Working with junior and senior scholars around the world, the GHI facilitates dialogue and collaboration across national and disciplinary boundaries.

The fellowships are granted for a period of 6 to 12 months in the following thematic areas:

  • History of Knowledge
  • Migration, Kinship & Belonging
  • History of Race & Ethnicity
  • History of the Americas

The identified thematic areas are intended to be broad in scope. Applicants are encouraged to identify up to two areas for which they wish to submit their application.

The Fellow is expected to be in residence in Washington, DC, and participate in GHI activities and events. The Fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington metropolitan area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research. Travel within the U.S. to work in archives and libraries will also be possible. Candidates doing original research for a dissertation or a second book project will be given preference.


Applicants should be based at (or recent graduates of) a North American or European university or research institute. Postdoctoral scholars should be untenured. For doctoral students applying, ABD status (or the equivalent) is required prior to commencing the fellowship. For postdoctoral scholars applying, the preference is for projects that are designed for the “second book” (Habilitation or pre-tenure equivalent).

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