Binational Research Tandem Program in Global 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 now offering German and North American scholars the opportunity to develop binational research tandems which link up two academics, one from Germany and one from North America, to work on projects which engage with global history or use transregional approaches and contain productive areas of overlap either in their topics or in their conceptual frameworks. The tandem program presents 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.

The successful applicants will be in residence at the GHI and invited to participate in GHI activities and events. Additionally, they will be expected 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:

  • €3,400/month for Postdoctoral Scholars / Habilitierende  
  • €4,500/month for Assistant Professors / W1-Professoren  
  • €5,200/month for Associate Professors / W2-Professoren  
  • €6,000/month for Professors / W3-Professoren

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.

Funding for the tandem program is currently under review for the 2020-2021 cycle. Please check back later for information about the deadline and how to apply.

For more information, please contact: Bryan Hart (