Binational Research Tandem Program in Global History and Trans-Regional History, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

Another autumn day, another opportunity for scholars of global history—this time at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. As a recent announcement explains, 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 trans-regional approaches and contain productive areas of overlap either in their topics or in their conceptional 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.

The program is designed for postdoctoral, mid-career, and established historians from Germany and North America. We welcome applications both from individuals who would like to find a partner for collaboration and the sharing of ideas from the other country/region and from previously formed binational partnerships. Preference will be given to candidates doing original research for a new book project.

The program should appeal not just intellectually but also materially. The advertisement continues:

Starting in September 2016, the successful applicants will be in residence at the GHI and invited to participate in GHI activities and events. They will be expected to plan and convene a joint conference or workshop, which will be funded by the GHI, as well as 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 12-month stay at the German Historical Institute Washington, DC. The monthly stipend will be graded, depending on the academic status applicants will receive between 3.000 and 6.000 Euro per month (or the equivalent in USD); for specific amounts please visit the GHI website. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip economy airfare to the US.


If this sounds of interest, then make sure to submit your application no later than January 10, 2016. “To apply,” explains the call for applications,

please send a cover letter, a CV, a copy of the certificate of your most recently achieved qualification, a research project proposal (5 pages or 2,000 words max), a one-page proposal for a conference or workshop, two samples of your academic writing (an article or a book chapter), and the names and contact details of two referees. While applicants may write in either English or German, we recommend that they use the language in which they are most proficient. We can accept applications in electronic form only. Please submit your documents in a single PDF file to: 

Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than the middle of February 2016.

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