Call for Applications: Gerda Henkel Postdoctoral Fellowship for Digital History [DHI Washington]

Deadline: January 31, 2017


Graph representing the metadata of thousands of archive documents, documenting the social network of hundreds of League of Nations personals. Published in: Grandjean, Martin (2014). „La connaissance est un réseau“. Les Cahiers du Numérique 10 (3): 37-54.

With the generous support of the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Historical Institute (GHI) Washington and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at the George Mason University (RRCHNM) invite applications for a 12-month postdoctoral fellowship in digital history.

Over the last few years there has been a stunning growth of new and exciting digital tools and methods that have the potential to augment and revolutionize traditional historical research. Scholars increasingly need to develop their own familiarly and facility with these new digital tools and approaches. As a means to build out that capacity, this fellowship is intended to equally support junior scholars working in the field of digital history as well as for scholars who are perhaps new to digital history but are interested in developing new skills and methods that could aid their research.

The fellowship will provide a unique opportunity for the recipient to develop an innovative research project at RRCHNM, where she/he will be in residence for one year. One of the Center’s Associate Directors will work with the fellow to develop a project further and help her/him develop the skills needed for that project. The fellow will also have the opportunity to join teams working on projects in development at RRCHNM as well as to sit in on graduate digital history classes at GMU. Depending upon qualifications and visa status, the fellow might teach or co-teach undergraduate courses involving digital history.

The fellow is also expected to cooperate with the GHI on a regular basis. She/he will participate in the Institute’s scholarly activities and its digital projects. Moreover, the fellow will have the opportunity to get in contact with other North American Centers for Digital History or Digital Humanities. The Max Weber Foundation – International Humanities will invite the fellow to organize a workshop on new perspectives in the field of Digital History after completing the fellowship.

A member institution of the Max Weber Foundation – International Humanities, the German Historical Institute Washington is a distinguished non-university affiliated historical research institute that conducts inter- and transdisciplinary research with a transatlantic focus. Its fellowship program promotes cutting-edge research in history and related disciplines and the international exchange of scholars. The GHI seeks to foster inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation and contributes to the advancement of digital history and digital humanities.

Founded in 1994, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University is an internationally recognized leader in using digital media and computer technology to preserve and present the past; transform scholarship across the humanities; advance history education and historical understanding; and encourage popular participation in creating history. The Center collaborates with teachers, museums, libraries and archives, and university researchers, and trains graduate students though research assistantships and required courses.

Starting at the beginning of the 2017 GMU fall semester, the successful applicant will be in residence at the RRCHNM and will also participate in GHI activities, events, and digital projects. The fellow will be expected to plan and convene a joint conference or workshop at the end or shortly after the fellowship, which will be funded by the Max Weber Foundation.

Funding will be provided for a 12-month stay for postdoctoral scholars, who are currently affiliated with a German research institution. The monthly stipend will be € 3,000. The fellow will also receive reimbursement for his or her round-trip economy airfare to the US and a grant for travel to other North American institutions up to € 5,000.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2017. To apply, please send a cover letter, a CV, a copy of the certificate of your most recently earned degree, the names and contact details of two referees, and a research project proposal (5 pages or 2,000 words max.). The proposal should outline a research question, the main sources to be used, and ideas about what digital tools and methods could be used to analyze those sources. We can accept applications in electronic form only. Please submit your documents as a single PDF file to: fellowships(at)

All candidates will be notified in early February 2017 of the result of their application.

For more information, please contact: Bryan Hart at the GHI or Stephen Robertson at the RRCHNM.

Max Weber Stiftung

The Max Weber Foundation promotes global research, concentrated around the areas of social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities. Research is conducted at ten institutes in various countries across the globe with distinctive and independent focal points. Through its globally operating institutes, the Foundation is able to contribute to the communication and networking between Germany and the host countries or regions of its establishments. By promoting scientific dialogue and merging academic as well as non-academic employees from several countries with different cultural backgrounds, the Max Weber Foundation is able to strengthen the Internationalization of research in its three fields of dedication.

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