Archival Seminar in Germany for North American PhD Students

Seminar, 23.06.-04.07.2014, Speyer / Koblenz / Köln / München

The Archival Summer Seminar, organized by the German Historical Institute, is a two-week program for advanced graduate students in German history and related fields. The seminar trains participants to read old German handwriting; it acquaints them with how German archives select and store documents; it familiarizes them with how to use German archives and libraries; and it provides a forum for students to network and discuss research methods.

Qualified applicants must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program at a North American institution of higher education. They can come from any of a broad range of fields concerned with historical studies, including not only history, but also art history, literature, and musicology. It is open to advanced graduate students whose projects require that they consult source material in German archives and research libraries as well as handwritten materials in old German script. Preference will be given to those who have already chosen a dissertation topic and will reach ABD status shortly before or after the Archival Summer Seminar takes place. Prospective candidates must have excellent German reading and listening comprehension because all parts of the program will be conducted in German. The organizers will evaluate applicants' German proficiency by telephone interview before participants are selected.

To apply, please email or mail the following materials to Mark Stoneman so that they arrive by January 31, 2014:

  • cover letter;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • project exposé of no more than 3,000 words;
  • graduate school transcript;
  • if your transcript does not show ABD status (you have finished your courses and comprehensive exams), please also submit a letter (or email) from your department stating when you are expected to reach
  • ABD status and begin your archival research;
  • at least one letter of recommendation emailed or mailed directly by the recommender.

Participants will assemble in Germany the afternoon before the program begins and go their own ways the morning after it ends. The seminar includes July 4 because we have to work around several German holidays when German research facilities will be closed.

If you have any questions, contact Mark Stoneman by email.

Mark Stoneman

German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC, 20009-2562


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