Oxford Centre for European History

The Oxford Centre for European History (OCEH), based in Oxford University’s History Faculty, was set up in 1999 to generate new and exciting research projects in European and British history from the Renaissance to the present, to build research networks with research institutes and universities in the UK, Europe and worldwide, to provide opportunities for research collaboration and facilities for Visiting Researchers, and to train new generations of research students in the field of modern European and British History.

The Centre encourages international collaboration between research students through annual graduate workshops held in conjunction with the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Paris, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Humboldt University, Berlin, and with  Geneva University. It is supported by around forty leading historians at Oxford, from which it draws its management committee. This is headed by the Chair, Professor Giuseppe Marcocci, and the Centre's Research Director, Professor David Priestland.


Modern European History Research Centre
Graduate courses in this field
Research Aims

The OCEH has established networks with other research universities and research institutes from Princeton to Sydney. It currently has partnerships with Oslo University’s Forum for Contemporary History exploring aspects of the foundation of the modern world, and with Bielefeld University. It is part of EurHistXX - European Network of Contemporary History, funded by the French CNRS, which links ten major historical research centres in Europe, from Dublin to Budapest, and is developing a comparative project on the three postwar periods (1918, 1945 and 1989).

Seminars and Events

This centre has a number of seminars and events that run throughout the year. To see when these will next be running, please check the following pages:

The OCEH has modest funds to support projects within its remit. As a rule, grants range from GBP 100-500, although larger amounts may be granted in exceptional cases. Applications should take the form of a letter specifying the purpose, aims and objectives of the requested funds; the number of expected participants; and whether funding has been received and/or applied for from other sources. An itemized budget and curriculum/a vitae of the chief applicant/s should be attached. Please note that OCEH will not financially support ongoing events.

Please email your application to oceh@history.ox.ac.uk 



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