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.
In order to animate and lift the spirit during these uncertain times the Leo Baeck Institute London is once more delighted to invite you to join our LBI Film Club. This online project offers interesting and thought-provoking fiction films linked to the German-Jewish and Israeli experience which we hope you will enjoy.
The LBI Film Club’s fourth offering is:
Hanna’s Journey (Germany/Israel, 2013)
Ambitious Berliner Hanna (Karoline Schuch) decides that if she is going to succeed in business, she will need some volunteer service on her CV. So she heads to Israel to work with the disabled. Itay (Doron Amit), the Israeli social worker supervising her volunteer work, picks on her with cynical comments on German history, whilst obviously flirting with her. Hanna initially reacts with rejection, but as her interest in her own family history grows, so does her attraction to Itay. Probing the effects of the Holocaust’s looming shadow on third generation Israelis and Germans, the film skilfully weaves the personal and the political, illustrating how they are inextricably linked.
Further LBI Film Club screenings will be announced via our LBI website, Facebook page (Leo Baeck Institute London), Instagram (@leobaeckinstitutelondon), and Twitter (@lbi_london) in the future. Please keep checking!
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
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:
– 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.
Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2019/20: ‘Acting Jewish: Between Identity and Attire’
We are happy to announce that the recording of the fourth lecture in the series, Svenja Bethke‘s How to dress in Eretz Israel? Clothing, Fashion and Nation Building, 1880s–1948, is now online.
To listen, please click here.