Archival Summer Seminar in Germany

The Archival Summer Seminar, organized by the German Historical Institute, is a two-week program for advanced graduate students in German historical studies. The majority of the time in Germany will be spent in various German archives where participants will be trained to read old German script, discuss research methods, and become prepared for prospective dissertation research trips. Applications are due December 31, 2011.

Participants in the seminar will be exposed to a variety of approaches that archivists, librarians, and scholars use to locate source material in an exceedingly complex repository landscape. They will also learn about how historical materials are acquired, stored, and made available to scholars. Scholars actively engaged in research will be available for questions on research methods, strategy, and planning.

Applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a North American institution of higher education. This program seeks qualified applicants with an interest in historical studies in a broad range of fields (art history, history, literature, musicology, etc.) The program is open for graduate students whose projects require they consult source material in German archives and research libraries as well as handwritten materials in old German script. Those who have already chosen a dissertation topic, written a dissertation proposal, but have not yet began on actual research (ABD). Prospective candidates must have excellent knowledge of written and spoken German. All parts of the program will be conducted in German. The organizers will evaluate applicants' German proficiency by telephone interview prior to participant selection.

The program pays for round-trip air transportation to and from Germany, ground transportation to, from, and during the program, and accommodations. Participants are expected to bring funds for private travel and most meals (lunches and dinners).

Applications are due December 31, 2011. Please click here for the current call for applications.