Centre for Contemporary History

HumanitiesHistory and archaeology

The Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF) is a research institute in the Leibniz Association, based in Potsdam. It focuses on contemporary German and European history during and after the Cold War and places special emphasis on the implementation of innovative theoretical and methodological approaches.

ZZF offers an inspiring academic environment and excellent support for currently more than 40 doctoral candidates. Most of them hold either third-party funded positions or fellowships.


The four departments’ central research themes include the history of communist societies, 20th century economic and social upheavals, cultural history of the political as well as the history of media and information societies. Its doctoral candidates are closely integrated into the departments and participate in their respective academic activities. They receive individual support from their particular departmental supervisors and benefit from the doctoral candidates support program which includes

  • a weekly doctoral colloquium
  • an annual international postgraduate research symposium organized by the doctoral candidates
  • six-month completion scholarships for doctoral candidates

In its doctoral supervision the ZZF cooperates closely with the HU Berlin, the FU Berlin and Universität Potsdam.

center Prof. Dr Frank Bösch Prof. Dr Martin Sabrow Dr Rüdiger Bergien programme organised Freie Universität Berlin Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Cold War, contemporary german history, contemporary european history, communist societies, history of media societys, history of information societies

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Frank Bösch
Prof. Dr. Martin Sabrow
Coordinator: Dr. René Schlott
The Centre for Contemporary History
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam
Telephone: +49 331 74510174
E-mail: schlott@zzf-pdm.de
Web: http://www.zzf-pdm.de/DesktopDefault.aspx?lang=en
Deadlines: calls and deadlines vary
Places: no fixed number
Scholarships: short-term grants