Doctoral and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The GHI awards short-term research fellowships to European and North American doctoral students as well as postdoctoral scholars to pursue research projects that draw upon primary sources principally located in North America. We are particularly interested in research projects that fit into the following fields: 

  • German and European history
  • The history of German-American relations
  • The role of Germany and the USA in international relations
  • North American history and Pan American, including Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (European doctoral and postdoctoral scholars only)


The proposed research projects should make use of historical methods and engage with the relevant historiography. We especially invite applications from doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars who currently have no funding from their home institutions. The fellowships are usually granted for periods of one to five months but, in exceptional cases and depending on the availability of funds, they can be extended by one month.

The GHI will not provide funding for preliminary research, manuscript composition, or the revision of manuscripts. It will give clear priority to those postdoc projects that are designed for the "second book." The fellowship is open to both doctoral and postdoctoral scholars based in North America and Europe. The monthly stipend is € 2,000 for doctoral students and € 3,400 for postdoctoral scholars. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the U.S. 

The GHI has two deadlines each year for the fellowships: April 1 and October 1. Questions about applying or for the fellowship program in general should be directed to fellowships@ghi-dc.org.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants should be based at (or recent graduates of) a North American or European university or research institute.
  • For doctoral students applying, ABD status is required before starting the fellowship.
  • For postdoctoral scholars applying, the preference is for projects that are designed for the "second book" (Habilitation or equivalent).
  • The proposed project should require primary research that is principally located in North America.

No applications are being accepted at this time. The spring deadline will be April 1, 2022. Please check back later for the application form.