LMU-UCB Research in the Humanities

In 2007, the University of California, Berkeley and LMU Munich established a joint program to pursue innovative, collaborative research in the Humanities. The program facilitates academic exchange of faculty members, graduate students and postdocs in the areas of the Humanities.

Visiting Professorships

Visiting Professorships to LMU Munich

The professorships are open to tenure and tenure-track UCB faculty in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences.

UCB departments and graduate programs eligible for application for LMU Visiting Professorships at LMU Munich

Arts & Humanities

Departments:

  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian Studies
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Rhetoric
  • Scandinavian
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • South & Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish & Portuguese
  • Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
Groups and programs:
  • Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
Social Sciences
  • African American Studies
  • History
  • Linguistics

Visiting professors will be given the opportunity to dedicate their time largely to their own research projects and to collaborative projects with LMU faculty. They will be asked to present their current research projects at LMU in the form of a public lecture. Depending on the length of their stay, visiting professors are encouraged to contribute to teaching through one of the following options:

  • Teaching or co-teaching a class of graduate or postgraduate students
  • Participation in an LMU-UCB workshop. Financial resources will be available to enable doctoral students or colleagues to travel from Berkeley for this purpose.
  • Giving a lecture

The duration of each professorship is flexible; it may vary from 3 to 9 months depending on individual needs and interests.

Visiting professors will receive a fellowship of 4,000 euros to 6,500 euros per month, depending on their academic rank. In addition, funding for research expenses, research assistance and travel may be available. LMU will cover travel costs for transatlantic travel up to 1,500 euros and will provide assistance with accommodation.

The selection committee will assess applications based on the following:

  • Research project description
  • C.V. and list of publications
  • Proof of contact with a research partner at LMU
  • Preferences with regard to giving a seminar, workshop or lecture at LMU
  • Preferred period of stay in 2022 (you are welcome to give more than one option)

Preference will be given to Berkeley faculty who can demonstrate that Munich is a relevant location for their research and who have research partners at LMU.

Please attach the following questionnaire (PDF, 45 KB) to the regular documents and submit your application electronically to lmu-ucb.international@lmu.de

The application deadline for visiting professorships in 2022 will be announced in 2021.

Contact

For more information regarding the fellowship and the application process, please contact Dr. Anna Jakubowska at anna.jakubowska@lmu.de

During their stay at LMU, visiting professors from UC Berkeley give a lecture on their research project in the Center for Advanced Studies at LMU.

Visiting Professorships to UC Berkeley

The professorships are open to tenure and tenure-track LMU faculty in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences.

LMU faculties eligible for application for visiting professorships at UC Berkeley

  • Faculty of Catholic Theology
  • Faculty of Protestant Theology
  • Faculty of History and the Arts
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion
  • Faculty for the Study of Culture
  • Faculty of Languages and Literatures

UCB departments and graduate programs eligible for application for visiting professorships at UC Berkeley

Arts & Humanities

Departments:

  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian Studies
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Rhetoric
  • Scandinavian
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • South & Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish & Portuguese
  • Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
Groups and programs:
  • Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Romance Languages and Literatures
Social Sciences
  • African American Studies
  • History
  • Linguistics

Visiting professors will be given the opportunity to dedicate their time largely to their own research projects and to collaborative projects with Berkeley faculty. They will be asked to present their current research projects in Berkeley in the form of a public lecture. Depending on the length of their stay, visiting professors are also encouraged to contribute to teaching through one of the following options:

  • Offering or co-teaching a class to graduate or postgraduate students
  • Participating in an LMU-UCB workshop. Financial means for inviting doctoral students or colleagues from LMU will be available.
  • Giving additional lectures
The duration of each professorship is flexible; it may vary from 2 weeks to 9 months depending on individual needs and interests.

The Visiting Professor will receive a stipend of up to 6,500 USD per month, depending on the rank of the professor and length of stay. UC Berkeley will cover travel costs for transatlantic travel at a flat rate of 1,500 USD and will provide assistance with accommodation.

The selection committee will assess applications based on the following:

  • Research project description
  • C.V. and list of publications
  • Preferred period of stay in 2022 (you are welcome to give more than one option)
  • Preferences regarding offering of a seminar, workshop, or lecture at Berkeley

Preference will be given to LMU faculty who can demonstrate that Berkeley is a relevant location for their research and/or who have research partners at UC Berkeley.

Please submit applications electronically to:

Anthony J. Cascardi
Dean of Arts and Humanities

c/o Andrew Susskind: susskind@berkeley.edu

Doctoral candidates and postdocs

As part of the research cooperation with the University of California, Berkeley, doctoral candidates and postdocs from LMU (faculties 1-2, 9-10, 12-13) can apply for funding of a research stay at the partner university.

The researchers will have the opportunity to present their projects to the relevant reading groups/colloquia at UCB.

Research visits at UC Berkeley can be funded for up to three months for doctoral candidates and six months for postdocs.

  • Travel expenses up to 1100 euros (flight costs, transfer to/from the airport)
  • Daily allowance (incl. accommodation) for a research stay of up to three months for doctoral candidates: max. 96 euros until day 14 of the stay at UCB and max. 72 euros thereafter
  • Daily allowance (incl. accommodation) for a research stay of up to six months for postdocs: max. 128 euros until day 14 of the stay at UCB and max. 96 euros thereafter
  • Visa and registration fees at UC Berkeley

  • Research project in an advanced state
  • Detailed information about the research context at UCB in which the project will be presented
  • Contact with the appropriate professor at UCB
  • LMU doctoral candidate or postdoc status at the time of application and during the research stay at UCB.
  • Postdocs must be employed at LMU Munich.

  • Short description of the research project, as well as previous studies and research work relevant to the proposed project
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor at LMU
  • Proof of existing contact with a professor at UCB in whose seminar the research project will be presented. If your contact person at UCB (primary collaborator) is not institutionally connected to the College of Letters & Science, you need to locate a second, co-collaborator in that College.
  • Information on current financial support, employment status at LMU, etc. (please fill out the following form (PDF, 258 KB) in German)
In addition to the qualifications of the applicant and his/her research project, it is important that the project should be received with interest at UCB – contacts with professors at UCB are therefore essential.

The application deadline for research visits in 2022 will be announced in 2021.

Please email applications in English to

Dr. Anna Jakubowska
Tel. +49 89 2180 3972
E-Mail: anna.jakubowska@lmu.de

Academic party responsible for the program:
Prof. Dr. Martin Schulze Wessel
Professor of Eastern European History
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Conferences and workshops

Application

As part of the Academic Cooperation Program with UC Berkeley, LMU Munich can support conferences and workshops conducted jointly by researchers from LMU and UCB with funding of up to 20,000 euros.

In order to promote new and innovative research areas within the Humanities, LMU and UCB researchers are invited to submit joint proposals for one or a series of workshops and/or conferences. Funding for a series of workshops is possible for up to two years. Proposals for research workshops aimed specifically at doctoral students are welcome.

Eligibility

LMU faculty members (Faculties 1-2, 9-10, 12-13) and their research partners from UCB are eligible to apply. Existing contacts with UCB researchers are a prerequisite. Applications from doctoral students are welcome. In this case, letters of recommendation from LMU and UCB supervisors are required in addition to the regular documents.

Project proposals (in English) should be e-mailed to lmu-ucb.international@lmu.de, and include the following information:

  • name of applicant
  • affiliation
  • department
  • time frame for the project
  • project description
  • names of cooperating partners at UC Berkeley
  • calculation of costs
  • other/current sources of funding

The application deadline for workshops and conferences in 2022 will be announced in 2021.

Contact

Dr. Anna Jakubowska
anna.jakubowska@lmu.de

Prof. Dr. Hans van Ess, Chairman of the Steering Committee
ess@lmu.de

Application

As part of the research cooperation with LMU Munich, the University of California, Berkeley, can support conferences and workshops in Berkeley conducted jointly by researchers from LMU and UCB with grants of up to 8,000 USD.

Eligibility

Faculty members in the Arts and Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences together with their research partners at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply. Existing contacts with LMU researchers are a prerequisite. The application must indicate at least one faculty member from Berkeley and one from LMU.

Project proposals (in English) should be e-mailed to susskind@berkeley.edu and include the following information:

  • name of applicants, affiliations and departments
  • time frame for the project
  • project description
  • names of other cooperating partners at UC Berkeley
  • detailed budget
  • other/current sources of funding

The application deadline for workshops and conferences in 2022 will be announced in 2021.

Contact

Anthony J. Cascardi
Dean of Arts and Humanities

c/o Andrew Susskind: susskind@berkeley.edu

Mini workshops

Academic staff from faculties 1-2, 9-10, 12-13 who want to expand existing research contacts and/or investigate the potential for future cooperation. Funding of Mini Workshops for doctoral students is possible. Applications by doctoral candidates need to be accompanied by letters of recommendation from faculty supervisors.

Within the framework of the Academic Cooperation Program with the University of California, Berkeley, funding is available for so-called “Mini Workshops” (small-scale, bilateral research workshops) conducted by researchers from LMU and UC Berkeley (UCB). It is meant to serve as kick-off funding for joint research projects.

Funding

Funding of up to 2,000 euros per person includes reimbursement for a stay of up to one month by LMU researchers at UCB and/or by UCB researchers at LMU Munich. One proposal can provide funding for up to two Mini Workshops (one each at LMU and UCB) with up to three researchers per workshop participating from each university.

  • Mini Workshop at UCB: Reimbursement for flight costs up to 1100 euros (economy class) as well as transfer to/from the airport, hotel costs up to 138 euros and a daily allowance of 42 euros (max.) per day.
  • Mini Workshop at LMU: Reimbursement for flight costs up to 1100 euros (economy class) and accommodation up to 120 euros/night. LMU researchers are asked to get in touch with their colleagues at UCB before handing in their application so they can organize their stay in regards to both content and timing of the workshop.
Documents
  • short outline of the research project (in English, max. 3 pages)
  • detailed budget

The application deadline for mini workshops in 2022 will be announced in 2021.

Contact

Dr. Anna Jakubowska
Phone +49 89 2180 3972
anna.jakubowska@lmu.de

Prof. Dr. Hans van Ess, Chairman of the Steering Committee
ess@lmu.de