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The Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society

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The Bucerius Institute at the University of Haifa promotes research on contemporary history and on the social, cultural and political reality of Germany. It addresses different disciplinary backgrounds and methodologies, historical periods and immediate geographical contexts, to bring to the fore aspects of modern German and Jewish history, and to reveal the complexity of contemporary German history. The Bucerius Institute was established in 2001 by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and its chairman Prof. Dres. H.c. Manfred Lahnstein. Its basic idea is to foster greater familiarity and understanding of modern Germany among the academic community as well as among the Israeli public, and create a bridge between Germany and Israel in particular.


The Bucerius Institute realizes its perceptions on three levels:

1. Research:

The Bucerius Institute conducts through its academic staff own researches in a broad range of topics within the fields of its interests such as German and Jewish History, Philosophy, Sociology, Science, Photography, Racism, Immigration, German-Israeli relations and more. The institute also supports its researchers with the means of financial aid, helping them with expenses that may arise in the publishing process.

2. Academic Events:

The Bucerius Institute organizes various public activities in order to facilitate direct encounters between Academia and the broader public. These events include the following: 

  • Inviting international guest lecturers and visiting research scholars to give lectures and seminars under the institute’s auspices

  • Conducting academic workshops, seminars, conferences and organizing special events such as film festivals or musical and theater performances

  • Hosting international delegations


3. Scholarships and Academic Exchange:

The Bucerius Institute facilitates academic exchange between Germany, Europe, US and Israel at different levels: M.A., Ph.D, Post-doc.

  • It offers financial support to students of the University of Haifa whose thesis or dissertation addresses the research interests of the Institute.

  • Each year, the Institute offers financial support to foreign young researchers (Ph.D. or M.A. students and post-docs researchers), who are in the process of writing thesis, dissertation or an article in the Institute’s fields of interest.

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