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For the Department of International History at the LSE, cutting-edge historical research lies at the centre of our activity, underpinning our international reputation as one of the leading centres for the study of history in the UK, contributing to the quality of our teaching, and providing the source of our impact and public engagement. Faculty members are all active researchers who publish in the top journals in their field and produce books for major academic presses; in the last national research assessment, over half of this output was rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent. Throughout the year faculty convene specialist seminars, speak at international conferences, and contribute their expert knowledge on radio and television. Our strengths extend across numerous areas of the discipline, ranging in time from the early-modern period to the Cold War and contemporary world history, and in geographical scope across Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and North and South America.

Faculty members are closely linked with two major LSE research centres: IDEAS (covering International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy), and the Canada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies. The Department also maintains strong links with the Institute of Historical Research and the German Historical Institute in nearby Bloomsbury. A number of outstanding international historians are welcomed by the Department and IDEAS every year as Philippe Roman visiting professors, where they teach courses and deliver specialist lectures, including in the past Paul Kennedy (Yale), Chen Jian (Cornell), Gilles Kepel (Sciences Po), Niall Ferguson (Harvard), Ramachandra Guha, Anne Applebaum, and Timothy Snyder (Yale). The Department and IDEAS also have a number of international partners with whom they collaborate in terms of joint research workshops and student and staff exchanges. The closest partner is the History Department at Columbia University in New York, but links also exist with George Washington University in Washington DC, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Peking University and Sciences Po in Paris.

Reflecting the wide range of interests at the staff level, the Department has a vibrant PhD programme with students tackling a broad range of topics from the early-modern period to the contemporary. The doctoral students are provided with research methodology training and benefit from the rich research environment provided both at the School and internationally by the Department and IDEAS. In addition, the students organize their own methodology workshop at the start of each academic year and their own research seminar which runs every fortnight.
Located in the centre of London, the Department is in an ideal setting for engaging in historical research, enjoying easy access to some of the most significant sets of historical resources in the world, from the collections of the British Library to government documents and papers in the National Archives at Kew. The LSE library is home to its own archives and a book collection of international significance, as well as providing a large range of online resources.

Dr Antony Best
PhD Programme Director

Professor Matthew Jones
Research Committee Chair




The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies is closely linked to the Department of International History. It was set up in 1994 with private funds generously donated by the Vicente Cañada Blanch Foundation.

Under the directorship of Professor Paul Preston, the Centre has become the focus of a flourishing new interest in contemporary Spain in Britain.

The Centre organises occasional conferences and weekly research seminars. Prominent Spanish politicians, writers and academics are frequent visitors and speakers.

A number of both doctoral and post-doctoral scholars is based in the Centre. Distinguished professors from Spain who come as Visiting Fellows, are offered the full facilities of the London School of Economics through the Centre. The Centre has published a substantial number of important books in both Britain and Spain based on research carried out at the LSE and other UK universities. The Cañada Blanch Series is the principal outlet for work in the English language on Spanish history. The Centre's newspaper collection and other documentary archives are increasingly being used by specialists from other universities in Britain, Europe and the United States.

Thanks to the support of the Fundación Cañada Blanch of Valencia, the Centre offers optimum facilities for research and teaching which it is hoped will contribute to the deeper understanding of contemporary Spain.

For more information about the Centre, please visit the Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies' website.


LSE IDEAS was founded in 2008 and now runs a series of regional and topical programmes.

Under the directorship of Professor Arne Westad and Professor Michael Cox, the centre currently does research on the international affairs of East and Southeast Asia, the Balkans, the United States, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and on the history of the Cold War.

With the International History and International Relations departments, IDEAS has pioneered a unique two-year Masters degree in international affairs with the School of International Studies at Peking University, the first European-Asian elite degree of its kind. The centre also works together with other international partners, such as Columbia University, Princeton University, Sciences Po, and the National University of Singapore, in developing new programmes and research initiatives.

IDEAS is a centre of PhD training within the LSE and hosts a number of visitors, advanced doctoral students, academics and foreign policy practitioners, from across the globe. The centre has also developed training programmes for foreign service officers from several countries.

LSE IDEAS proudly manages the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy. The aim of this programme is to enhance decision makers' confidence in their strategic vision on how to address global challenges of the 21st century.

LSE IDEAS organises numerous public lectures and seminars and publishes two journals, two book series and a number of occasional publications. It contributes to the LSE's Summer Schools in London and in Beijing and organises a number of out-of-term events outside London, in Cambridge, Bologna and elsewhere.

LSE IDEAS holds the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs, a one-year distinguished visiting professorship for leading scholars based outside the UK. Philippe Roman professors contribute to teaching within the Centre's key areas of activity. The Philippe Roman Professors for 2007-2012 have been Paul Kennedy (Yale), Chen Jian (Cornell), Gilles Kepel (Sciences Po), Niall Ferguson (Harvard), Ramachandra Guha and Anne Applebaum. The 2013/14 holder of the Chair is Professor Timothy Snyder.

For more information about IDEAS, please visit their website.


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Applications to the Visiting Fellowship are only open to post-doctoral researchers or equivalent. The scheme is not open to PhD students.

We encourage Visiting Fellows to participate fully in the research life of the Department, for example through attending staff and PhD research seminars, seminars run by the different research groups and research projects and other events related to their research.

The title of Visiting Fellow is given to individuals from outside the School associated with School departments, institutes and centres. Visiting Fellows will be able to enjoy access to the facilities of LSE as a whole, for example the LSE Library, and will be provided with a LSE login and email address, enabling them to use computer facilities at the School (for example, in the LSE library). We regret that we might not be able to provide visiting fellows with desk space.

At present applications can only be considered from those who already have (or expect to have) adequate financial support. The Department does not provide Visiting Fellows with a research allowance. The School is not able to make any arrangements for living accommodation for visitors, either.

Visiting Fellowships require a review and selection process and applications are considered for approval four times a year.

Applications are considered on a quarterly basis and should be submitted electronically by no later than 4pm on the day of the deadline for the round in which you apply. Late applications will not be considered. The deadlines for 2015/16 are as follows:

    ▪    5th October 2015
    ▪    4th January 2016
    ▪    28th March 2016
    ▪    27th June 2016

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Head of Department, Professor Janet Hartley, and to the Departmental Manager, Demetra Frini.

Your application should include the following:

1. A summary curriculum vitae (of no more than two A4 sides in length). This should include a list of relevant publications.

2. An application form, which can be downloaded from the Human Resources website or sent to you via email.