Developed by the joint initiative of German and British historians, the German Historical Institute London (DHI London) has been an integral part of the bilateral academic community for more than four decades. Located in one of London’s typical town houses on Bloomsbury Square, it has become a point of reference for researchers from around the world. Having been the capital of the former British Empire, the metropolis is ideally placed to maintain a cross-border academic culture. Hence, in collaboration with scholars from India, the UK and Germany the DHI London ran the first transnational research group of the Max Weber Foundation (MWS) on Poverty and Education in India from 2013 to 2017. Thereafter, the Institute played a central role in the growth of the India office into a research hub, which in January 2021 became independent of the DHI London and is now known as the Max Weber Forum for South Asian Studies. Together with the London School of Economics it also hosts a visiting professorship funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 207 309 205 0
Fax +44 207 309 205 5


The institute is a centre of research for German and British academics and students. It organises international conferences, seminars and postgraduate workshops and annually awards a prize for outstanding theses as well as numerous scholarships and internships.

The publications of the DHI London – theses, dissertations, professorial treatises, conference volumes as well as the Edition British Envoys to Germany – are published by Oxford or Cambridge University Press and Oldenbourg Press. The extensive library and periodicals room ("Common Room") offer an important starting point for historians from across the globe.

Founded: 1976 (formerly "Verein zur Förderung des Britisch-Deutschen Historikerkreises e.V. - Association to Promote the Anglo-German Historian Circle")

Positions: 27 (average number according to recorded information, including project staff)

Areas of Research:
British History from the Early Middle Ages up to and including contemporary history, History of the British Empire and Commonwealth, History of German-British Relations

Library: approx. 86,000 media items on German History and the History of the Anglo-German relations

In memory of the former director of the German Historical Institute London, the institute annually awards the "Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize" to the author of an outstanding piece of German research on British History. The prize covers the cost of translating the work into English and publishing it in the institute’s series: "Studies in British and Imperial History".

Promotion of Young Academics:
Internships and research scholarships for young academics, PhD students and postdoctoral students, annual PhD conference for British doctoral candidates researching German or German-British history, annual week-long summer school for on British history, award for outstanding dissertations in the field of German, British and German-British history, internship programme, Junior Research Fellowship with the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London

- British Envoys to Germany
- Studies in British and Imperial History
- Studies of the German Historical Institute London
- Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London/Publications of the German Historical Institute London
- German Historical Institute London Bulletin
- Annual Lectures

Seminars and lectures, conferences and workshops, Annual Lecture, colloquium for scholarship holders and exhibitions, GHIL Debates about current academic and academic policy issues, Lectures on Contemporary German History in collaboration with the German Embassy in London, cooperation with the Institute of Historical Research and the History Faculty Oxford

Academic Advisory Council