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Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem, History of Migration

Posted: 1/7/2019 (Employment)

The German Historical Institute (GHI) is seeking applications for a Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem. The Fellowship program contributes to the creation of the new research network “Knowledge in Transit – Migrants’ Knowledge in Comparative Perspective” at the GHI West – Pacific regional office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC in Berkeley.

The GHI’s fellowship program promotes cutting-edge research in history and related disciplines and international exchange of scholars. For this purpose, the GHI in cooperation with the Institute of European Studies at UC Berkeley is now offering German and North American postdoctoral scholars the opportunity to develop a binational research tandem which links up two academics–one from Germany and one from North America–working on research in the field of history of migration. The projects should contain productive areas of overlap with the tandem partner either in their topics or in their conceptual frameworks. The visiting fellow tandem program at GHI WEST presents an excellent opportunity for scholars to develop their expertise by collaborating closely, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. It is funded by the VolkswagenStiftung, one of Germany’s most important (non-profit) research foundations.

The program is designed for postdoctoral historians with a strong interest in the history of knowledge and an outstanding academic record. For German applicants, a good working knowledge of English is essential. In order to ensure successful collaboration, our preference is for applicants who are applying together with their potential tandem partner. Preference will also be given to candidates doing original research for a new book project.

Starting in September 2019, the successful applicants will be in residence at GHI WEST for a nine-month fellowship roughly corresponding to the Berkeley academic year. They will be expected to conduct their research and fully participate in the academic life at GHI WEST. Most prominently, they are invited to participate in the annual Bucerius Lecture “Histories of Migration: Transatlantic and Global Perspectives” and the attached Young Scholar Forum. Further, in collaboration with the permanent staff at GHI WEST, they will organize workshops for the currently developing research network “Knowledge in Transit”.

As affiliated researchers at GHI WEST, the fellows will have access to the UC Berkeley academic and social facilities (library, databases, email address, office space at the IES, etc.) and are offered the opportunity to make use of further resources in the greater Bay Area–including the Magnes Collection, the Hoover Institution Library and Archives in Stanford or the National Archives/ Pacific Region in San Bruno–while pursuing their research agendas.

A member institution of the Max Weber Foundation, the German Historical Institute Washington is a distinguished independent research institute, conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research with a transatlantic focus. GHI WEST is located at UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies. It organizes a series of programs and scholarly events aimed at facilitating cooperation and dialogue among North American and German researchers in the humanities and social sciences. GHI West’s research programs center on histories of knowledge and migration in a broadly comparative perspective, addressing the experiences of many different migrant groups, home and transit lands, and receiving societies. Moreover, they widen the geographical focus to include Pacific histories of migrant knowledge.

Funding will be provided for a 9-month stay at GHI WEST/ UC Berkeley. The monthly stipend will be 3,500 Euro per month (or the equivalent in USD). In addition, fellowship recipients will receive reimbursement for their round-trip economy airfare. The GHI regrets that it is unable to provide accommodation for its fellows.

The deadline for applications has been extended to December 10, 2018 February 1, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. before the start date of the fellowship
  • Applicants should be affiliated with a North American or European research institution or university
  • Applicants should be able to take leave for the duration of the program to be in residence in Berkeley, CA for the fellowship

Applications Requirements
To apply, each tandem applicant should submit:

  • a application form
  • a cover letter
  • a CV
  • a copy of the certificate of your most recently achieved qualification or transcripts
  • a research project proposal (5 pages or 2,000 words max)
  • and the names and contact details of two referees (for each applicant)

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:

All candidates will be notified by the end of February early March 2019 of the result of their application. For more information, please contact: Bryan Hart ( or Andrea Westermann (

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Deadline: 02/01/2019

Location: German Historical Institute (GHI) WEST, Berkeley