School of History


At the School of History we pursue our research interests through international collaborations and exchanges.

As a Masters or PhD research student you will have the opportunity to take part in a programme of international exchanges.

There are many benefits to taking part, including research conferences and international travel, as well as access to additional funding and scholarships.

Current exchange programmes

The School of History at Queen Mary, University of London is currently involved in the following international postgraduate research exchanges:

Freiburg Exchange


Our interdisciplinary Freiburg Exchange began in 2009 and involves several Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Hosted alternately at Freiburg and Queen Mary, University of London, it brings together a small group of junior researchers who present research related to a particular theme.

Past themes include: Power and Image, Secrecy and the State, Friendship, or Heroism and the Heroic.

Research work is invariably accompanied by museum and site visits and time for socialising.

From our students: Katherine Rossy 

The exchanges provided me with a unique opportunity to liaise with like-minded scholars in Germany and to build cross-cultural connections. I was delighted to see that a number of the students and faculty that I met in Freiburg participated in the exchange in London the following year. Both exchanges allowed us to present research on a wide array of topics and time periods in a collegial and supportive atmosphere. This year’s Queen Mary-Freiburg exchange was a great success. It featured a fascinating lineup of papers and well-informed discussion. After seeing the best of Freiburg the previous year, we were inclined to show our German friends and colleagues the very best of London. We accompanied them on a guided tour of Beefeater Gin Distillery in Kennington, followed by dinner on the Thames with spectacular views of the City. The evening ended on a high-note with a brilliant adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe. It was a memorable exchange, and I am grateful to have been a part of it. 


Find out more about the University of Freiburg(link is external).

Basel Exchange

African history, the Renaissance and Jewish history are the fields with the greatest overlap of our research agenda with Basel. Other areas of common interest are visual and material history, and history of modern Eastern Europe.

Our last workshop with Basel University’s History Department took place in December 2016. The theme was Transcultural Exchanges(link is external), and involved 4 members of staff and 7 PhD students. The next exchange will be held at QMUL in 2018.


From our students: Joseph Cronin 

I feel I benefitted in a number of ways: firstly by gaining the experience of delivering academic papers to a predominantly non-native English-speaking audience. This required me to deliver my presentations with more clarity, and in a more accessible manner than I had previously been used to. Furthermore, I was able to make some really useful contacts at the universities we visited (probably helped by the fact that I study German history!) And finally, I gained a better understanding of the broader academic culture in other national contexts, which is very useful when applying for postdoctoral funding in those countries. 

Find out more about the University of Basel 

Visual and Material Culture Exchange with the University of Delaware

The inaugural Postgraduate Exchange in Visual and Material Culture welcomed students and faculty to a three-day event exploring methods, approaches, and new research in Visual and Material Culture in January 2018.

The exchange offered postgraduate students a chance to present research where their primary evidence base is visual and material culture. Participants also had the opportunity to take part in a workshop to explore theoretical approaches to material culture, attend a keynote address, as well as a hands-on workshop in historic plaster making and a private tour of the V&A. The Keynote Lecture, delivered by Zara Anishanslin is available below, or on our YouTube channel. 

Northwestern University Exchange Programme

The School of History also takes part in an exchange programme with Northwestern University. The 2017 exchange focused on 'The Popular and/in History'. The 2016 exchange focused on the theme 'Negotiating Relationships'.

Erasmus+ research grants available for postgraduate and doctoral exchanges in Israel

Looking to gain international academic experience and to give your CV a competitive edge while benefitting from funding? This is a fantastic, life-changing opportunity to boost your employability and personalise your postgraduate or doctoral degree with niche international experience by conducting a portion of your research at one of our History partner institutions in Israel.

You can apply to complete a 4-month exchange during the final months of your postgraduate degree or during your second or third year as a doctoral candidate in the form of a research visit, facilitating access to primary sources and archives, as well as specialised training opportunities. The exchange must take place between September 2017 and July 2019 and be hosted by one of History’s ICM partner institutions through the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) Programme:

Israel (4 total grants available, with 2 exchange spots maximum at a single partner institution):

The Erasmus+ ICM grant provides individual support funding at EUR 650/month to contribute towards your living cost as well as a one-time travel grant of EUR 530 to contribute towards your return airfare. The Erasmus+ Programme is committed to widening participation and increasing the number of mobile students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Discuss first with your tutor or supervisor and, with their support, apply for the funded research visit exchange directly with the School of History (contact: Dr Eyal Poleg, Please also visit the Erasmus+ ICM Programme for Outgoing QMUL Students webpage for further information about the opportunity.