One-Year Dissertation Fellowship in European-American Relations at the German Historical Institute (GHI), Washington D.C.


The German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington D.C. offers a

one-year dissertation fellowship in European-American relations within the Transatlantic Perspectives project

to outstanding, advanced graduate students in history or a related discipline. Preferred staring date is January 2013 (no later than June 2013).

The fellowship is part of the interdisciplinary research project, Transatlantic Perspectives: Europe in the Eyes of European Immigrants to the United States, 1930-1980, which is funded largely through a grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research. Fellows will generally be expected to be in residence at the GHI for the duration of their fellowship.

The research project asks about transatlantic transfers facilitated by European migrants to the United States. What role did they play in transnational exchanges in the mid-twentieth century? The project further aims to trace trans-cultural perspectives of Europe and the emergence of hybrid European identities among immigrants and émigrés. How did immigrants who left the continent under a variety of circumstances look back at Europe? How did their views inform broader American perceptions of Europe? We invite applications from students pursuing a dissertation that falls within the project’s broader scope. We are especially interested in comparative and transnational approaches that emphasize one of the following themes:

  • Links between transnational migration experiences and hybrid European identities, self-identifications as Europeans or European-Americans.
  • The role of European immigrants and émigrés in transatlantic transfer and exchange processes and their impact on various fields in mid-twentieth century American society.
  • European non-state actors in transatlantic networks during the second half of the twentieth century.
  • The role of migrants and returning migrants as cultural and professional “translators” in postwar Europe as well as within transnational institutions.
  • Perceptions of “Europe” or “Europeanness” in U.S. society.

The fellowship carries a tax-exempt annual stipend of $22,800, covers some research and travel expenses, and provides office space. During their residency, fellows will present their research and participate actively in the GHI’s intellectual life.Thanks to its location in Washington D.C., the GHI offers students valuable connections to cutting edge scholarship in both Europe and the U.S. and to a host of institutions in the metro area. It also provides easy access to premier research facilities such as the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

Applicants should be finished with their coursework and working on a dissertation topic that fits the overarching themes of the overall project. Fellows are expected to contribute part of their time to the Transatlantic Perspectives project, including participation in project workshops and contributions to the website. For further information on the Transatlantic Perspectivesproject see:

Application Deadline: November 15, 2012

Application materials include: letter of interest, C.V., sample of scholarly work, letter of reference from dissertation advisor. Materials may be submitted electronically. Confidential letters of reference must come directly from the recommender. Please send your completed application as either a PDF or Word document to project director Jan Logemann (email: / Tel: +1 (202) 525-3545).

For any questions, please contact Jan Logemann:


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