Welcome to the LBI London

The Leo Baeck Institute London is devoted to the study of German-Jewish history and culture. The LBI is an independent charity and aims to preserve and research this history by organizing innovative research projects, Fellowship programmes, and public events. Through the lens of German-Jewish history, the Institute seeks to address some of the most topical and timely questions of our times.


Announcement of the 2021/2022 Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme


Applications invited

Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme

BMBF – Studienstiftung – Leo Baeck Institute London


Aim of the Programme

The international Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme awards fellowships to doctoral students who carry out research into the history and culture of Central European Jewry. We welcome projects on any period or field (including literature, philosophy, history, musicology), and any region (such as Europe, Israel, the Americas), as long as they relate to German-speaking Jewry. In addition to financial support for one year, the programme provides opportunities to exchange ideas with peers from around the world. It is open to doctoral candidates of any nationality, studying at any university. All fellows remain at their home institution, but come together for two workshops in the course of the fellowship, which are jointly organised by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the Leo Baeck Institute London.


– University degree(s) with outstanding marks

– Date of latest degree not before February 2017

– Formal qualification for doctoral studies / acceptance on a doctoral programme at a recognised university

– Research project focussing on the history and culture of Central European Jewry

Programme schedule

Up to twelve fellows will be selected for the programme in the academic year 2021/22. The fellowships runs from October 2021 to September 2022. Regular workshops and an intranet platform provide support for scholarship holders and enable them to present their research and discuss methodologies and findings with other fellows. Working languages are German and English. After the first year, students enrolled at a university in Germany may apply for an extension of their scholarship within the framework of the Studienstiftung’s doctoral programme, subject to available funds.


Fellows receive a stipend of 1,350 € a month. In addition a monthly research allowance of 100 € is available. Fellows can also apply for supplements for health insurance (max. 100 €/month) and childcare, as well as travel allowances to support research trips and participation at conferences abroad. Contributions to tuition fees outside Germany may also be granted (max. 10,000 €). All funding is provided in accordance with the general regulations issued by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

Academic activities corresponding to 25% of a fulltime position may be pursued to supplement the scholarship in order to promote integration in the research context (cf. www.studienstiftung.de Doctoral scholarships, Financial support).


Candidates are invited to submit the following documents in English or German:

– Application form (DOC, 2.1 MB)

– Cover letter outlining the motivation for participation in the programme (1 page)

– Curriculum vitae with details on education, general interests and language skills

– Photocopy of university degree(s), including marks/grading

– Research proposal (5 pages)

– Research schedule for the academic year 2021/22, including planned research trips

– Letter of recommendation by the supervisor of the PhD project – Second letter of recommendation

The deadline for application is the 1st February 2021.

We accept applications by e-mail (as a single pdf document please, the letters of recommendation may be submitted separately) or conventional mail. Only complete application sets will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to two video-based interviews in April/May 2021.




Program Coordinator

Dr Peter Antes
Telephone: +49 (0)228 82096-286
E-Mail: leobaeck@studienstiftung.de


Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
Martina Lang
Ahrstraße 41
53175 Bonn
Telephone: +49 228 82096-285
E-Mail: lang@studienstiftung.de

Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2019/20 – Acting Jewish: Between Identity and Attire – Svenja Bethke

Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, London 2019-20

Acting Jewish: Between Identity and Attire


A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season’s lecture series investigates the complex nature of what it means to act or appear Jewish and for whom this appearance is important. Examples are drawn from a wide range of performative settings: on stage, on screen, in daily life. Under which conditions do certain elements of fashion and attire appear ‘Jewish’? How do Jews consciously showcase or hide their identity by way of ‘acting’ and dressing in certain ways? And how were these elements conceptualised in the wider discourse: as ‘natural’ – self-expressions of an ethnical identity, as attire communicating a social role, or ‘prejudiced’ – as a ‘costume’ hiding the wearer’s true identity?

For more information on the lecture series please refer to the leaflet here.

We are delighted to be able to resume our LBI Lecture Series on Zoom. Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London) has the pleasure of warmly inviting you to the fifth lecture in the series: 


Svenja Bethke

Lecturer in Modern European History University of Leicester, UK 

How to dress in Eretz Israel? Clothing, Fashion and Nation Building, 1880s–1948

6.30pm, 19th November 2020

The identities of many Eastern European and German Jews who immigrated to Eretz Israel between the 1880s and the foundation of the Israeli state in 1948 oscillated between their roots and identification with the new Zionist project. This lecture explores how immigrants expressed social, cultural and political belonging through clothing and, focusing on gender and visual materials, offers fresh perspectives on how clothing became fashion, or ‘anti-fashion’, and to what extent a consensual mode of dress emerged. It also explores how clothing habits of Arab people and changing Ottoman and British occupying authorities influenced ‘Jewish’ fashion.  

Svenja Bethke is a Lecturer in Modern European History and the former Deputy Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Leicester. Her research interests include the Holocaust, legal history, the history of modern Palestine/Israel, visual culture and fashion history. She is currently a visiting Marie Curie Fellow at the Abraham Harman Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University Jerusalem for her project on ‘Clothing, Fashion and Nation Building in Eretz Israel’.


This lecture will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, November 19th 2020 and will start punctually at 6.30pm (UK time) 

To join the event please click this link: https://zoom.us/j/97823750514?pwd=aC9xVDlmM2xYN2F2TzRvZXBFSVZWdz09 at the appointed date and time, wait to be admitted by the host and follow the instructions on your screen. If you have any difficulty joining us on the night, please contact volunteer@leobaeck.co.uk and a member of staff will be able to assist you. 

Admission is free but we would welcome if you could inform us of your intention to participate prior to the event by emailing us on info@leobaeck.co.uk. This would help us to prepare in advance for participant numbers and management. 



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