GHI Archival Summer School in the United States for Junior Historians 2017

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Summer Program
January 31, 2017
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Archival Science, Graduate Studies, Research and Methodology, World History / Studies

The German Historical Institute of Washington is now accepting applicants for an archival training summer school in the United States for doctoral students from Germany and the United States from July 24 to August 2, 2017.

This ten-day summer school prepares Ph.D. students working in various fields of history for their prospective research trips and teaches them practical research skills. Participants will learn how to contact archives, use finding aids, identify important reference tools, and become acquainted with various American research facilities in multiple cities, among them the National Archives and the Library of Congress in Washington and the Newberry Library in Chicago. They will gain insight into how historical sources – both traditional and digital – are acquired, preserved, and made accessible to historians. In addition, they will have the opportunity to connect with their peers, to meet a number of prominent scholars, and to discuss their research with them.

We hope that participants will gain an appreciation for the various kinds of archives and special collections located in the United States, either for future reference or for their general training as scholars of American history, culture, and society. Students are also welcome to extend their stay in the United States to do their own exploration and research after the program ends.

Applicants must be registered as Ph.D. students or enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a German or U.S. institution of higher education. Students working in the fields of U.S., transatlantic, transnational, and global history are especially encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from disciplines that apply historical research methods, provided that the proposed projects require consulting sources located in U.S. archives.

Preference will be given to those who have already chosen a dissertation topic and written a dissertation proposal. Prospective candidates must have excellent knowledge of written and spoken English. All parts of the program will be conducted in English.

To apply, please email the following materials in one PDF file named LASTNAME_APPLY2017.pdf to no later than January 31, 2017:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • project description (exposé) of no more than 3,000 words

Additionally, at least one letter of recommendation must be received via email or mail by January 31.

The program will pay for round-trip air transportation to and from participants’ hometowns, accommodations, and transportation between the cities that will be visited during the program. Please note that participants are expected to share double rooms and bring funds for meals and incidental expenses.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Atiba Pertilla
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hamphsire Ave NW
Washington DC 20001

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