Forum Transregionale Studien

The Max Weber Foundation and the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin cooperate to support the pursuit and to increase the recognition of transregional research. This collaboration is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, initially for a period of five years. Projects include joint conferences, summer academies, winter schools, and explorative workshops designed to discover new, innovative research areas and to develop an international perspective for the humanities.

The Forum Transregionale Studien is funding research which seeks to connect systematic and regionally specific issues using a transregional approach. It was funded in the fall of 2009 as an association and is based in Berlin. The Forum is being financed by Berlin-based universities and by research institutions based in the capital and all over Germany.


Historisches Kolleg

The Max Weber Foundation and the Historisches Kolleg annually hand out the International Research Award. The award recognizes outstanding scientists from the countries hosting the institutions of the Max Weber Foundation, who have contributed exceptional research to the fields of the humanities and social and cultural sciences. Particularly innovative and original approaches that aim to help to link the humanities and social and cultural sciences are likely to be rewarded. 

The Historisches Kolleg, founded in 1980, has been based in Munich’s Kaulbach-Villa, located between the Bavarian State Library and the English Gardens, since 1988. The institution awards grants to scholars to allow them to complete publications without needing to worry about other obligations. The Historisches Kolleg is further, as the site of scientific colloquiums and lectures, a center for research in the field of history. It also aims to address a broad audience with its discussion series “Blick zurück nach vorn”.


Union of German Academies of Science and Humanities

The Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities is the umbrella organization of eight German academies of sciences and humanities. More than 1,900 scholars of all kinds of subjects are part of the union, all of whom are considered outstanding representatives of their respective research fields, both nationally and internationally. These scholars join to engage in scientific exchanges, outstanding research, and the promotion of young academics.


Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Once a year the Max Weber Foundation offers Gerald D. Feldman travel grants to young academics with support of the Peters-Beer-Foundation in the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. The grant aims to improve the professional opportunities for outstanding, internationally orientated academics in the humanities. The academics carry out a research project of their choice in at least two and at most three host countries of institutes of the Max Weber Foundation. Travel support is granted for a maximum of three months and can be used for stays in up to three host countries of the Foundation’s institutes. These stays are specifically designed to facilitate research in libraries or archives in the respective host countries. This support is expected to produce transnational studies, contributing new and original aspects to research.

The Stifterverband is a joint platform created by economic actors across Germany. It includes around 3,000 businesses, trade associations, foundations, and private individuals who have come together to advance science, research, and education. The Stifterverband exclusively finances its non-profit activities through contributions and donations from its members and patrons. Due to this exclusively private financing model, the association is able to act in a non-bureaucratic manner, free from any government regulations.


Forschungszentrum Europa

The Max Weber Foundation has joined the Bavarian State Library (BSB) and the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in a project aiming to further improve digital research possibilities for collected scientific editions and data bases. The network, called FuD 2015 was built for the special research area 600 “Fremdheit und Armut” (2005-2012).



Weber 2.0, the scholarly blog portal of the foundation, is run in cooperation with the Centre pour l’édition electronique ouverte (OpenEdition). The portal provides a platform for scientific blogs contributed by the Max Weber Foundation, its institutes abroad, and other partners under the umbrella of Hypotheses, whose German language portal was initiated in 2011 by the GHI Paris. The aim is to connect scientists at the institutes abroad with those in the respective host countries but also to facilitate communication with the scientific community in Germany by providing new, contemporary modes of communication, collaboration and presentation.

OpenEdition is the umbrella portal for three platforms for electronic resources in the humanities and social sciences, namely Revues.org, Hypotheses, and Calenda. It was developed by Cléo (Centre pour l’édition electronique) for the institutions of CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), EHESS (École des Hautes Édutes en Sciences Social), the Université Aix-Marseille, the Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, the Bibliothèque scientifique numérique and TGE Adonis.


Gerda Henkel Foundation

The Max Weber Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Foundation cooperate to improve the accessibility of science on the internet and to help intensify online communication in the humanities and cultural and social sciences. The aim is to improve the visibility of contributions from the humanities on contemporary debates in society. Specifically the portals L.I.S.A., Weber 2.0 and perspectivia.net are planned to be connected.

The Gerda Henkel Foundation was established in 1976 by Lisa Maskell (1914-1988) in memory of her mother, Gerda Henkel. The sole object of the foundation is to promote science in Germany and abroad, primarily by supporting specific projects in the humanities at universities and research institutes which have a certain scope and are limited in time. The foundation is especially dedicated to help the advancement of postgraduates.


German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is funding short-term stays as part of internships at the foreign institutes of the Max Weber Foundation.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has since 1925 been one of the most important organizations for the support of international exchanges for students and researchers. As particularly universities distinguish themselves by having an international network, the DAAD helps universities in building these networks and realizing their strategies to develop an international profile. Since its foundation, the DAAD has provided funding for more than 1.9 million scholars in Germany and abroad. In 2013, the DAAD supported 119,906 people from all over the world.


Hong Kong Baptist University 

The Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is a tertiary institution publicly funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) with a special focus on both, education and research. 

In October 2014, the Max Weber Foundation launched a joint research group in cooperation with HKBU's Faculty of Social Sciences in Hongkong. This three-year research project has the objective of aggregating knowledge about “Migration, China, and the Global Context”.