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German Historical Institute’s Research Grants (or Write Up)


  • Doctoral Fellowships - The GHI awards short-term fellowships to German and American doctoral students as well as post-doctoral scholars in the fields of German history, the history of German-American relations, and the history of the role of Germany and the USA in international relations. The fellowships are usually granted for periods of one to six months but, depending on the funds available, can be extended by one or more months. The research projects must draw upon primary sources located in the United States. The GHI will not provide funding for preliminary research, manuscript composition or the revision of manuscripts. It will give clear priority to those post-doc projects that are designed for the “second book”. The monthly stipend is approximately € 1,600 for doctoral students and € 2,800 for post-doctoral scholars. The deadline is normally in December. Visit the webpage German Historical Institute’s Research Grants for more information.
  • GHI Fellowships at the Horner Library - Together with the German Society of Pennsylvania, the German Historical Institute will sponsor two to four fellowships of up to four weeks for research at the Joseph Horner Memorial Library in Philadelphia between June 1 and July 15, 2008. The fellowship will be awarded to Ph.D. and M.A. students and advanced scholars without restrictions in research fields or geographical provenance. The “GHI Fellowship at the Horner Library” will provide a travel subsidy and an allowance of $1,000 to $3,500 depending on the length of the stay and the qualifications of the fellows. Opportunities to research at other special collections in Philadelphia may be available.

The Joseph Horner Memorial Library houses 70,000 volumes and is the largest German American collection outside of a university. The collection offers rich materials from the 17th to the 20th centuries to historians of German American immigration culture, especially in Pennsylvania, as well as historians of German fictional and non-fictional literature, including travel and popular literature. See the reference guide on the GHI web site and the catalog at the German Society of Pennsylvania. Applications (in English or German) should be made electronically to the GHI (c/o Christa Brown). They should include a project description of two pages, curriculum vitae, transcripts of academic degrees, and the name of at least one referee. Application deadline is usually March 1.

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