Reminder: CfA for Global Humanitarianism Research Academy open until 31 December 2014

We, Fabian Klose, Johannes Paulmann, and Andrew Thompson, would like to remind you that the Call for Applications for the first Global Humanitarianism Research Academy (GHRA) 2015 is still open until 31 December 2014.

The international Global Humanitarianism Research Academy (GHRA) offers research training to advanced PhD candidates and early postdocs. It combines academic sessions at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz and the Imperial and Global History Centre at the University of Exeter with archival sessions at the Archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. The Research Academy addresses early career researchers who are working in the related fields of humanitarianism, international humanitarian law, peace and conflict studies as well as human rights covering the period from the 18th to the 20th century. It supports scholarship on the ideas and practices of humanitarianism in the context of international, imperial and global history thus advancing our understanding of global governance in humanitarian crises of the present.

 Poster GHRA

The Research Academy invites applications for the 2015 Global Humanitarianism Research Academy (GHRA) from PhD students and early postdocs. The Steering Committee will select up to 12 participants. Applicants must be able to certify that they are fluent in both written and spoken English, the Academy’s working language. For researching the ICRC archives a fair command of reading French is desirable in order to use the finding aids as well as the material.

Participants of the international Global Humanitarianism Research Academy will be chosen by the Steering Committee on the basis of

  • a cover letter (of not more than 350 words) setting out the applicant’s reasons for wanting to participate in the academy and indicating the anticipated outcome of their research;
  • a draft article (of not more than 1,000 words) on a key term, concept, or event in the history of humanitarianism of the applicant’s own choice;
  • a statement (of no more than 1,000 words) summarizing their research project;
  • a brief curriculum vitae;
  • two supporting letters.

Each selected academy fellow receives the cost of travel to Mainz and Geneva. The Leibniz Institute of European History, the University of Exeter and the International Committee of the Red Cross will arrange accommodation for each fellow for the duration of the Research Academy.

If you are interested in participating at the research academy please send your application consisting of one pdf-document under the heading “Global Humanitarianism Research Academy” to the organizers at the following e-mail address not later than December 31, 2014:


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