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Leibniz Programme

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The Leibniz Programme at the Research Academy promotes international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational exchange between scholars.

Through the Leibniz Programme, the Research Academy develops new formats for encouraging long-lasting exchange between junior scholars and experienced international scholars. The Programme creates a “temporary learning community” beyond the conventional graduate education for the purposes of exchanging knowledge and experiences, as well as catalysing new ideas through collaboration between generations.

Thus, from the outset of their careers, we encourage doctoral researchers and postdocs at the Research Academy to develop their professional reputation as scientists and to build networks that will be important for their careers.

The Leibniz Programme includes the guest international Leibniz professorship and the exchange programme Leibniz MOBILITY.

The Leibniz professorship is awarded biannually to a highly regarded and experienced international scientist, who teaches and researches in collaboration with junior scientists at the Research Academy.

The active participation of junior scientists at the Research Academy is promoted particularly through the exchange programme Leibniz MOBILITY. Through this programme, young scientists can invite guest scholars (Leibniz INVITATIONS) and travel abroad for research and networking stays (Leibniz TRAVEL).


Opportunities for Junior Scientists



Through Leibniz INVITATIONS international scientists can be invited to Leipzig University for lectures, symposia, workshops on methodology and similar events. Doctoral researchers and postdocs may submit applications to invite guest scholars to the university. The Leibniz programme will cover the cost of travel and accommodations.

Further information is available under Leibniz MOBILE

Leibniz TRAVEL

Leibniz TRAVEL

Leibniz TRAVEL provides financial support to junior scholars at the Research Academy for research and networking stays at international universities and research institutes. The Leipzig Programme awards an allowance of up to 650€ for travel and accommodations for trips within Europe and up to 1000€ for trips outside of Europe.

Further information is available under Leibniz MOBIL


Why Leibniz?

The program is named in honour of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, described as "the last universal scholar" of the early modern era and one of the most famous students of Leipzig University.

Leibniz engaged in international, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational exchange. His work was truly interdisciplinary in nature and he developed an international reputation as a mathematician, philosopher, historian, diplomat, and politician. He considered academic exchange with international scholars as being of critical importance and he travelled throughout Europe. These journeys always provided him with new insights about the subjects on which he was working. When he wasn’t traveling, he engaged in lively written exchanges with more than one thousands colleagues across the globe. Thus, more than likely, he would have been an enthusiastic supporter of the programme that bears his name.

More information on the life and work of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz


Prof. Dr. Monika Wohlrab-Sahr

Research Academy / Leibniz Programme
Wächterstr. 30, 04107 Leipzig