Long-term Visiting Fellowships at the GHI

The German Historical Institute Washington (GHI) is now accepting applications for its long-term visiting fellow program. The fellowships will be 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. Please be sure to make clear in the application why your research project fits within the identified area as well as why the GHI would be a good place for you to work on your research project. Additionally, the proposed research projects should clearly make use of historical methods and engage with the relevant historiography related to the specific thematic area.

The fellowship will preferably start in September 2024. 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.

The fellowship is open to both doctoral and postdoctoral scholars based in North America and Europe. The monthly stipend is € 2,400 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.

Eligibility Requirements

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).

Questions about applying or for the fellowship program in general should be directed to fellowships@ghi-dc.org.


Apply Online

To apply please send the following materials using the online application form by December 5, 2023 January 15, 2024 (deadline extended):

  1. A brief cover letter 

  2. Curriculum vitae

  3. A copy of your most recent diploma or transcripts

  4. Project description (5 pages or 2,000 words max)

  5. Research schedule for the fellowship

  6. At least one letter of reference (preferably sent separately to fellowships@ghi-dc.org)

Please combine all of your application materials except for the application form into a single PDF and include a word count at the end of your project description. Applicants may write in either English or German; we recommend that they use the language in which they are most proficient. Applicants will be notified about the outcome approximately two months after the deadline. If needed, short-listed candidates will be invited to short video interviews.