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 2022/2023 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 2018
– 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 2022/23. The fellowships run from October 2022 to September 2023. 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).


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

Application form (DOC, 2 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 2022/23, 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 2022.

We accept applications by e-mail (as a single pdf document please, the letters of recommendation may be submitted separately) or conventional mail (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Ahrstraße 41, 53175 Bonn, Deutschland). Only complete application sets will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to two video-based interviews in April/May 2022.




Program Coordinator

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


Ms. Martina Lang
Telephone: +49 (0)228 82096-285
E-Mail: lang@studienstiftung.de


2023 Leo Baeck Institute Year Book Essay Prize in German-Jewish Studies

The Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of the History and Culture of German-speaking Jewry is delighted to announce its 2023 Essay Prize. The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book is a fully refereed Oxford University Press journal and covers cultural, social, and economic history. A leading journal in the field, the Year Book has appeared annually since 1956.

The Essay Prize was established in 2011 to stimulate new research on the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry, and to promote young researchers in the field. The essay can be on any topic on the history and culture of German-speaking Central European Jewry from early modern times through to the present.


The Prize

The winner will receive:

  • Publication of the winning essay in the 2023 volume of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book
  • A cash prize of £500
  • A free year’s print and online subscription to the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book


How to enter

Entries should be prepared according to Year Book house style and submitted through our online submission system. Please refer to the Competition Rules for instructions on how to prepare and submit your manuscript. All entries will be peer reviewed anonymously. The winner will be selected from all entries recommended for publication by our peer reviewers.

The closing date is 31 March 2022.


Competition rules

The competition is open to recent PhDs and Postdocs who have received their PhD no more than 5 years ago. The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Full competition rules.

Winner of the 2022 Leo Baeck Institute Year Book Essay Prize

Congratulations to Stefan Boberg.

The Leo Baeck Institute London is pleased to announce the winner of the 2022 Leo Baeck Institute Year Book Essay Prize in German-Jewish Studies for his article Implementing the Reichsbürgergesetz. Registration, Statistics and the Deportations of German Jews, to be published in the 2022 Leo Baeck Institute Year Book.

Submissions for the 2023 Essay Prize should be submitted by 31 March 2022.



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