VISITING FELLOW : « Knowledge in Transit – Migrants’ Knowledge in Comparative Perspective », The German Historical Institute Washington DC, Berkeley — LIMITE : 01/​02/​2019

Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem Program in the History of Migration at GHI WEST in Berkeley

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 (