German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

Phone: Tel. +44-(0)20-7309 2050





The German Historical Institute London offers a wide range of opportunities for students and early-career scholars from Germany and Britain. It awards scholarships and prizes and organizes annual conferences and summer schools aimed at undergraduates as well as Ph.D. students and post docs. In addition, it provides internships for students from German universities.



Administrative Officer

Full (40h/week) or part-time (24 h/week)
Current gross salary per annum: £38.502 – £41.190 (full-time)

The German Historical Institute London is seeking to employ, at the earliest opportunity, an administrative officer.

German Historical Institute London

Closing date for applications: 30 June 2023


Prize of the German Historical Institute London

The Prize of the German Historical Institute London is awarded annually for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis on German history (submitted to a British or Irish university), British history or British colonial history (submitted to a German university), British-German relations or British-German comparative history (submitted to a British, Irish, or German university). The Prize is 1,000 Euros. To be eligible, applicants must have successfully completed doctoral exams and vivas between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023.

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2023




Post-graduate Students and Postdoc Scholarships

Library books in wooden bookshelves, visible titles reference Germany

The GHIL awards a number of annual research scholarships to post-graduate students, Habilitanden and postdocs at German universities to enable them to carry out research in Britain. The scholarships are awarded for a period of up to six months, depending on the requirements of the research project.

Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants

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The Max Weber Foundation confers these annual travel grants on young academics with an international focus. They are meant to improve the career opportunities of humanities/social-science academics during their qualification phase. Selected scholars conduct a self-chosen research project at two or three MWS institutes, or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History in Israel.

Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

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This fellowship is open to postdoctoral academics with an excellent research record in subjects with a strong research base at the Institute of Advanced Studies and the German Historical Institute London. Its purpose is to offer an early-career scholar from a German university the opportunity to pursue independent research in the stimulating intellectual environment of the two host institutions.


Student workshops


Postgraduate Students Conference

Group of postgraduate students gathered around the entrance to the GHIL

This two-day event gives postgraduate research students enrolled at British or Irish universities who work on German history an opportunity to present their work-in-progress, and to discuss it with other students working in the same field. In selecting students to give a presentation, preference is given to those in their second or third year who have already spent a period of research in Germany.

Medieval History Seminar

Seminar attendees seated around the tables set out in the Seminar Room at the GHIL

This bilingual seminar is organised by the German Historical Institute London and the German Historical Institute Washington. It is designed to bring together Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates in medieval history from American, Canadian, British, Irish, and German universities for scholarly discussion and collaboration on all areas of medieval history.

Summer School on British History

Students at the GHIL Summer School 2022

Der jährlich angebotene Kurs soll das Studium der britischen Geschichte in Deutschland fördern. Er wird von hochrangigen britischen Akademikern auf Englisch gehalten und richtet sich an fortgeschrittene BA und MA Studierende aller deutschen Universitäten. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 20 begrenzt.


The annual summer school on British history is meant to foster the study of British history in Germany. Held in English by senior British academics, it is aimed at advanced BA and MA students at any German university.  Participants are limited to 20.




The Prize of the German Historical Institute London

The Prize of the German Historical Institute London is awarded annually for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis. Topics considered are: German history (submitted to a British/Irish university), British history or British colonial history (submitted to a German university), and Anglo-German relations or Anglo-German comparative history (submitted to a British/Irish/German university).

The Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize

2010 Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize winner Tobias Wolffhardt being awarded the prize

The Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize is named in memory of the former director of the German Historical Institute London who died in 2004. This prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding piece of German research on British history. It covers the cost of translating the work into English and publishing it in the Institute's series Studies in British and Imperial History.





An intern looking up information in a book, with the wooden library bookcases behind her

The German Historical Institute offers approximately 20 internships each year to students from German universities studying history, library science or administration. Internships may run for a period of 4 to 8 weeks or up to 3 months in the library.