International Humanities and Social Sciences

Societal challenges do not end at national borders. The internationalisation of the humanities and social sciences is therefore becoming increasingly important.

Symbolbild für internationale Vernetzung: Weltkarte mit Stecknadeln und Bindfäden; © Thinkstock


Integrated into the Federal Government's strategy for the internationalisation of science and research, it focuses on three priority areas:

  1. Strengthening technical competence in world regions,
  2. Promotion of worldwide research cooperation and
  3. Qualification of young academics.

Whether Africa's visions of the future, China's capacity for innovation, or change in Eastern Europe, cross-border questions can be addressed solely in terms of international cooperation, as regional studies in Germany show. To enable them to communicate their academic findings even better, they will continue to receive funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Unique among all the institutions, the Merian Centres, which are located in different regions of the world, facilitate research in long-term, transnational working contexts. Further Merian Centres will be established in the future.

The Max Weber Foundation, which is supported by the BMBF on a long-term basis, also makes a significant contribution to understanding and networking between Germany and the host countries or regions with currently ten institutes worldwide as well as other research groups and offices, promotes the dialogue between specialist cultures and increases the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences.

The largest research and innovation support programme in the world is Horizon 2020, the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, with a total budget of 77 billion euros for the period 2014-2020. Particularly interesting for the humanities and social sciences is the third part, "Social Challenges", in particular here, the 6th Social Challenge, "Europa in einer sich verändernden Welt: "Europe in a Changing World – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies", on which the National Contact Point (NCP) Society gives advice. The HERA – "Humanities in the European Research Area" – network also provides funding options. International networking and the search for potential project partners is supported by Net4Society , the international network of the “National Contact Points of the Humanities and Social Sciences".