Two PhD Fellowships in Global History (Freie Universität Berlin)

The Emmy Noether Research Group Reaching the People: Communication and Global Orders in the Twentieth Century invites applications for two fully-funded PhD positions. Successful candidates will be part of the Center for Global History at Freie Universität Berlin.

The Emmy Noether Research Group Reaching the People seeks to investigate the role of mass communication in twentieth-century conceptions of global order. The research group follows a broad definition of communication, including the study of language, of media and media technologies, and of the origins of communication studies as a scientific discipline.

The research group is funded by the German Research Council (DFG). It offers a stimulating research environment at the Center for Global History at Freie Universität as well as substantial financial support for archival stays. PhD students will be fully integrated into a strong network of international scholars in area studies and global history both at the university itself and in Berlin more broadly.

Successful candidates will develop a PhD dissertation in the field of global communication history in the twentieth century and contribute to the activities of the research group more generally. Dissertation projects will connect with the research agenda of the Emmy Noether research group and should focus on a specific area outside of Europe during the period of decolonization.

Fellowships are offered as research positions on a fixed-term basis, starting on 1 October 2018 (salary group TV-L 13, 65%, 3 years, with additional funds for research and archival trips available).

For a detailed description of the research programme, and more information on how to apply, please visit

For all further queries, please contact the head of the research group, Dr. Valeska Huber (

Valeska Huber
Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin

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