Max Weber Network Eastern Europe

The Russian war against Ukraine, the political repression in Russia and Belarus and the massive threat to academic freedom have severely restricted research and work opportunities for Eastern European scholars. Research trips to Russia and Belarus are currently not possible. The Max Weber Foundation has discontinued all cooperation with Russian and Belarusian state institutions as well as the scholarship programmes to Russia.

The MWS is responding to this changed situation by establishing an Eastern European network that will bring together the Foundation's capacities in the region in future and is designed to expand. A first location in Tbilisi/Georgia is intended to create sustainable research and networking opportunities between academics at German institutions and in the Caucasus region. The network will be expanded to include the office established by the GHI Warsaw in Vilnius/Lithuania and will be complemented in the future by infrastructures in Helsinki/Finland, where particularly large relevant library collections are located outside Russia, and Ukraine.


Scholarship programmes

The network will offer the following scholarship programmes for scholars at German universities and research institutions:

Archive scholarship

The archive fellowship is aimed at early career researchers who have an institutional connection to a German university or research institution. It enables research stays of one to three months in the post-Soviet states (except Russia and Belarus) and Finland. Funding is provided for archival research on historical topics specific to Eastern Europe.

Scholarship for visiting researchers

The scholarship for visiting scholars is aimed at experienced historians or representatives of historical disciplines who are permanently employed at German universities or research institutions. It enables a short stay as a visiting scholar at the Max Weber Foundation's locations in Georgia and Lithuania. The stays, which generally last one month, serve to initiate collaborations and networking in research and teaching.

Current calls


Dr Sandra Dahlke

Head of Network



Dr Andreas Hilger

Deputy Head of Network and
Head of Georgia Branch Office