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The Central European History Society supports doctoral candidates and recent PhDs undertaking research. Support is intended primarily for travel to access relevant sources outside of North America. Grants may be awarded up to $4,000.

The following information applied to the 2024 grant cycle, which has now closed. Information for the 2025 grant cycle will be available in the Fall of 2024.

The Central European History Society (CEHS) seeks applications from North American doctoral candidates (ABD) and recent PhDs (up to three years after completion of degree) in Central European history for travel and research grants up to $4,000. To be eligible, research projects must demonstrate a clear and significant connection to Central Europe and involve travel outside North America. For the purposes of this grant, “Central Europe” includes the region’s historically German-speaking lands as well as the Habsburg Empire and its successor states. All grant-related travel must be planned to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2024.

Applicants need to be members of the Central European History Society at the time of application. (Membership also includes an individual subscription to the journal Central European History: $27/print edition and $17/digital edition annually for graduate students; $42/print and $32/digital for others.) To become a member, visit

Application Procedure:

The following materials are required, and should be combined into one PDF and e-mailed to   

  • Statement of Purpose (1000-word limit), including a project title, a succinct summary of the project and its scholarly contributions, as well as a cogent explanation of how the research to be funded by the grant fits into the larger research project. If the application is a resubmission, the narrative should indicate in which ways the project has advanced since the previous application.
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a clear indication of the applicant’s preferred mail and email addresses)
  • Budget Statement, totaling no more than $4,000, which should estimate and itemize costs for all planned expenditures (broken out into categories, e.g. foreign transportation, local transportation, lodging, copying, etc.), in keeping with the planned itinerary.

The application and one (1) letter of reference (which the recommender should e-mail directly to must be received by 15 January 2024.  Applicants are advised to give their recommender several weeks’ notice of their need for a letter.

For further information or inquiries about the grants (but not to submit applications), please contact the Executive Director of CEHS, Anthony Steinhoff, at