The GHI Building on New Hampshire Ave NW
The GHI Building on New Hampshire Ave NW


  • The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington DC is an internationally recognized center for advanced study. It serves as a transatlantic bridge connecting American and European scholars and seeks to make their research accessible to decision-makers in the public and private sectors as well as to a general audience. Read on


  • The German Historical Institute's work is at the forefront of international historical and interdisciplinary research and covers a broad geographic, methodological, and thematic spectrum. The GHI's research agenda is international and includes German, European, and American history as well as comparative and transnational history. The Institute's research projects also represent the remarkable diversity of approaches that has come to characterize the field of history in recent decades - including political, economic, social, cultural, gender, religious, environmental, and legal history. Current foci of GHI research include the history of knowledge, digital history, as well as the subject areas "religion and ethnicity" and "space and boundaries." Read on


  • The GHI houses an outstanding research library. The library has a comprehensive collection of the German and English-language research literature on modern German history and German-American relations, including many titles not held at the Library of Congress. The library is open to the public and provides open-stack access but does not lend. Readers can search the library's holdings through the online catalog.

Conferences and Lectures

  • The German Historical Institute organizes a considerable number of international scholarly conferences on a wide variety of historical topics in cooperation with historians at North American and German universities. Please visit our website for a list of upcoming conferences, current Calls for Papers, and reports on past conferences. Conference reports are also published in the Bulletin of the GHI.
  • The GHI also organizes public programs and lectures throughout the year. Some of the lectures, including the Annual Lecture, feature renowned German and North American scholars who present their research to a wider public, while other events feature public figures from Germany who offer "eyewitness" perspectives on contemporary German history and politics. Recent lecture series topics have included: Intelligence Services and Civil Liberties: Security and Privacy in Historical Perspective; Historians Shaped by History: East German Intellectual Biographies; Ending Slavery: Nineteenth-Century Emancipations in a Transatlantic World; Measuring Risk and Human Needs: New Perspectives From the History of Knowledge.

Seminars for Young Scholars

  • The German Historical Institute is particularly dedicated to supporting the research of promising graduate students and recent Ph.D.'s. To this end the GHI offers a variety of seminars for doctoral students and junior scholars from North America and Europe. For further information and current application deadlines, please visit Programs for Young Scholars.

Fellowships, Internships, and Prizes

  • The German Historical Institute seeks to further international dialogue, particularly between European and North American academics, by offering fellowships open to scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. It is particularly committed to supporting doctoral and postdoctoral research through a variety of competitive fellowships, prizes, and internships.For further information - including eligibility criteria and application deadlines - as well as other fellowships offered, please visit Fellowships and Prizes.


  • The GHI has an extensive publishing program in both English and German. In addition to the Bulletin of the GHI, the Institute publishes several book series in collaboration with major academic presses. The GHI's highly regarded English-language book series include the Publications of the German Historical Institute published in collaboration with Cambridge University Press (more than 50 titles) and the series Studies in German History published together with Berghahn Books. The GHI has also partnered with Palgrave Macmillan to publish the series Worlds of Consumption. The GHI also publishes the leading German-language series on U.S. and transatlantic history, Transatlantische Historische Studien with the Franz Steiner Verlag in Stuttgart (more than 35 titles). 
  • The Bulletin of the GHI provides a window on the GHI's research activities and scholarly programs through articles and conference reports. Once a year, a thematic issue appears as a Bulletin Supplement. The GHI also publishes Reference Guides on different topics. Recent References Guides have been devoted to German Jews in the United States, North American history in Europe, German Americana, and medieval history. You may sign up for a free subscription to the Bulletin and other GHI publications. Back issues of certain publications are also available for free downloading in pdf format.

Friends of the GHI

  • The Friends of the German Historical Institute (FGHI) was founded in 1991 by prominent American historians as a not-for-profit organization to support the programs of the German Historical Institute. Its officers are senior scholars who represent major professional associations such as the American Historical Association, the Central European History Society, the German Studies Association, and the Society for German-American Studies. The purpose of the Friends is to provide a link between the North American academic community and the GHI, and to help support special programs. Read on

Equal Opportunity Policies

  • The GHI, together with the Max Weber Foundation, will advocate for partners of employees deployed from Germany to receive work permits for the United States so that they can continue their own careers.
  • To support employees with children and other relatives in need of care, the GHI offers flexible work hours to the extent that the requirements of one's position allow for this.
  • In application procedures, those who are members of groups that are currently underrepresented at the institute will be encouraged to apply.
  • The GHI supports the equal treatment of men and women and strives to offer an attractive workplace for disabled persons and other heretofore underrepresented minorities and thus to fulfill the requirement of being an "equal opportunity employer."

Max Weber Foundation: German Humanities Institutes Abroad

  • Since 2002 the GHI has been part of the Max Weber Stiftung: Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland. Read on

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