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. While the Institute is particularly dedicated to fostering the study of German history in North America and of American history in Germany, its research and scholarly activities range beyond German and American history to encompass comparative, international, and global history. The GHI is especially committed to promoting international scholarly exchange and collaboration by bringing together European and North American scholars as well as academics from other parts of the world in its conferences and research projects.
The GHI was established in 1987 as an independent non-profit foundation. Since 2002 it has been part of the Max Weber Stiftung - Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland (Max Weber Foundation - International Humanities), a public-law foundation funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which coordinates an international network of humanities institutes in Rome (established in 1888), Paris (1958), Beirut (1961), London (1976), Tokyo (1988), Warsaw (1993), Moscow (2005), and Istanbul (2009). While the GHI's basic operating budget comes from the Max Weber Foundation, special programs and initiatives are funded by grants from German and American foundations.
To promote its mission, the German Historical Institute
- conducts advanced historical research
- organizes international scholarly conferences
- awards doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships
- organizes seminars for junior scholars
- offers public lectures
- maintains a research library
- publishes a journal and several book series