The Leibniz ScienceCampus Europe and America is funded by the Leibniz Association to promote collaboration between IOS and the University of Regensburg. It brings together various centres and institutions working in area studies across the disciplines to develop innovative, interdisciplinary research. The project also contributes to the internationalization of research and teaching in Regensburg through support for a network of international partnerships with institutions across Europe and America. The partners in Regensburg and internationally are outlined below.
Funding for International Conferences
The ScienceCampus invites applications from the research community in Regensburg – at IOS and the partner institutions at UR – to apply for funding to attend international conferences. The next deadline for applications is 15 October 2023. Details are available here. Applications from doctoral researchers will be given priority.
Incoming & Outgoing Fellowship Program
The ScienceCampus offers outgoing visiting fellowships to postdoctoral researchers, faculty members (PD, Akad. Rat/Rätin, etc.) and professors based at IOS and UR to travel to our international partners, listed below. The ScienceCampus offers financial support towards travel costs, accommodation and related fees for stays of two weeks to one month at our partners. If you are a postdoctoral researcher, faculty member or professor at IOS or UR and would like to become a visiting fellow, you can apply here (English) or here (German). The deadline for the current round of applications is 1 November 2023.
We welcome incoming visiting fellows from our partner institutions. The ScienceCampus can fund one-month stays in Regensburg for professors, faculty members and postdoctoral researchers. Each institution organizes the allocation of places in Regensburg differently. Please contact the coordinator at your institution for more details.
You are also welcome to contact the ScienceCampus directly for more information: email@example.com
For researchers from other institutions working on regions and themes relevant to the Regensburg Leibniz ScienceCampus, other funding opportunities are available. Please contact us for more information.
The Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies is one of the largest and longest-standing non-university research institutes in Germany on the region. Its research focuses on interdisciplinary projects working across history, economics and the social and political sciences, while also supporting numerous publication series and journals, doctoral and postdoctoral programmes, guest researcher programmes and event series. Thematically, the research agenda at IOS focuses on Path Dependence, Change and Contingency, the Concept of the SocialInstitution, and the Relationship Between Continuity and Discontinuity as Guiding Research Perspective.
IOS is also home to one of the largest research libraries on the region.
Universität Regensburg, founded in 1962 as the fourth Bavarian regional university, is a modern campus university at the southern edge of the Old Town of Regensburg. Originally designed as a regional university, Universität Regensburg has developed into a renowned international centre of teaching and research over the last decades. Among its attractive features are a broad spectrum of disciplines, a favourable student-teacher ratio and excellent infrastructure. There are currently more than 21,000 students enrolled at Universität Regensburg.
Besides teaching, Universität Regensburg is also very actively involved in research, as shown by six special research areas supported by the German Research Society (DFG), DFG Research Units, graduate schools and its participation in research initiatives and EU projects, among others. Very close ties within as well as between the areas of research – university and non-university – are a typical feature of Universität Regensburg.
This will be furthered through the ScienceCampus, a collaboration with the Leibniz Institute IOS. One of the University's strategic reserach foci is area studies, a field which is central to the ScienceCampus.
The Regensburg European American Forum (REAF) was founded in 2008 by the Chair of American Studies, Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel. Since 2013, Prof. Hebel has been President of the University of Regensburg.
REAF is dedicated to transnational American Studies in research and practice, serving as the central international and interdisciplinary platform for collaborative research, academic exchange and cooperation, political intervention, and public outreach in the field of European American Studies at the University of Regensburg.
Drawing on its interest in transnational areas, trajectories, and entanglements, REAF fosters cutting-edge research in European-American relations, interactions, and crossroads and their multifarious historical, cultural, and political dimensions. REAF hosts visiting scholars from all interdisciplinary areas of American Studies and organizes special lectures and conferences with nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers. It supports innovative interdisciplinary BA-, MA-, and PhD-programs in American Studies and European-American Studies with international courses, graduate research roundtables, and an MA / PhD exchange program with the University of Kansas.
The Spanish Research Centre - Forschungszentrum Spanien - El Centro de Estudios Hispánicos - is part of the Institute of Romance Studies at the University of Regensburg. The Centre promotes research and teaching on Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. By supporting events such as lecture series and film festivals, it also engages the broader public in discussing issues relating to Spain and Latin America. The Centre is a partner in the MA in Intercultural European Studies and the binational BA German-Spanish Studies.
The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies offers excellent interdisciplinary doctoral training in the field of East and Southeast European Studies. We believe that East and Southeast Europe is an especially interesting region because of its frequent transformations, its heterogeneity, and its particular entanglements with other regions. Better understanding of this region’s past and present while communicating this knowledge to the public is what motivates us.
The primary objective of GS OSESUR is to advance research on East and Southeast Europe by training a new generation of scholars. Our doctoral fellows and postdocs enjoy an international and interdisciplinary research and training environment, which also integrates specialists working on other world regions. Our broad international network is a source of vital innovation and intellectual stimulation.
The GS OSESUR continues the doctoral programme that was established and jointly organized by LMU Munich and the University of Regensburg (2012–2019) as part of the German Excellence Initiative. Since 2020, GS OSESUR has been financed by the Universität Regensburg and the Free State of Bavaria.
The DIMAS emerged in 2023 out of CITAS. CITAS was founded in 2017 as a platform for coordinating and developing collaborative area studies activities between institutions, projects and colleagues in Regensburg. DIMAS is continuing this academic tradition with so far six permanent professorships. Find out more about the concept and ideas shaping DIMAS here.
The Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS) at Regensburg University was founded in 2017 as an interfaculty research centre involving the Faculty of Philosophy, Art History, History and Humanities, and the Faculty of Languages, Literature and Culture.
The aim of CITAS was to develop synergies between the existing expertise in the field of Area Studies in Regensburg provided by institutions within the University and by non-university research centres. The key partner in this respect is IOS - the Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies. CITAS contributed to the successful application for a Leibniz ScienceCampus - Europe and America in the Modern World: Transformations and Frictions of Globalisation.
CITAS promotes the specialist research being conducted across the disciplines in Regensburg on the regions of East and South-Eastern Europe, Western and Southern Europe, and North America and Latin America. The Center works towards developing comparative, transregional and global approaches to Area Studies with a focus on these regions and relations between them.
In collaboration with IOS, CITAS coordinated a Doctoral exchange program with the Institute for European Studies at University of California - Berkeley.