Recruitment process

St Antony’s college is responsible for the recruitment of the Fellowship in consultation with a Steering Committee.  Its members are:

Professor Paul Betts (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Professor Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Professor Johannes Paulmann (Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz)
Professor Nick Stargardt (Magdalen College, Oxford)
Professor Margit Szöllösi-Janze (LMU, Munich)

Steering Committee Contact:

Professor Paul Betts
Professor of Modern European History
St Antony’s College
Oxford OX2 6JF UK


The long history of the Visiting Fellowship has led to the development of a unique network of German and British scholarship in history, politics and the social sciences, and it has had a considerable impact on developing the international orientation of German scholarship. Its continuation would be to the great advantage not only of St Antony’s College and the University of Oxford, but also of German scholarship. Further support would offer distinguished German historians and social scientists the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge debates in the different areas of study covered by the regional interdisciplinary research Centres and to enter into a fruitful dialogue with academics in all these fields.

Professor Jürgen Kocka (2004/5 fellow and long-time member of the Steering Committee):

I spent very fruitful months in Oxford, where I enjoyed very good working conditions which facilitated the work I had planned. My seminar on the ‘History of Work in Europe’ was a good way of presenting work done by German social historians to English colleagues. I profited from the very collegial atmosphere and the many conversations I had, and I enjoyed reviving old contacts with English colleagues and making new ones. Working contacts renewed during this year have continued into the following years. It was an excellent opportunity to accumulate fresh ideas and to renew intellectual energy. I felt privileged to have had this opportunity, and I very much hope that the programme will be continued.

Professor Gabriele Metzler (2022-3 Visiting Fellow):

I am very grateful that I had the chance to spend an academic year in Oxford. The European Studies Centre is a lively place for fruitful discussions on all topics of contemporary history. St Antony’s College offers a stimulating international community of younger and older scholars, a place for inspiring conversations, and excellent contacts with colleagues for new projects. The resources Oxford provides for research on European history are exceptionally rich. A year at Oxford promotes one’s own intellectual development, but also contributes significantly to the connections of German and British historiography. And that is what Europe needs these days.