In addition to promoting individual networking activities (among HIAS fellows as well as between HIAS fellows and Hamburg researchers), HIAS engages in long-term cooperations with international academic institutions. In order to have stable networks with different geographical regions that go beyond the temporary presence of individual fellows, HIAS seeks to establish cooperations with institutes from African, South American, Asian, and Eastern European countries. For instance, HIAS has established a collaboration with the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in South Africa. Similarly, a joint fellowship has been set up with the Center of Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS).

Networks between Institutes for Advanced Study in Germany and internationally also play an important role. For HIAS, as a relatively young institute, it is crucial to be part of a learning community and to contribute to the ongoing process that Institutes for Advanced Study around the world are undertaking to gain public visibility. For instance, HIAS was admitted to the European Network of Institutes for Advanced Study (NetIAS) in 2021. HIAS is also actively involved in the informal but regular meetings of German Institutes for Advanced Study initiated by FRIAS.

These meetings provide an opportunity to learn from each other as institutions while focusing on best practices, to address common challenges, to discuss issues of common interest, and to position oneself within the research-related discourses in Germany. At the last meeting, a joint paper on the specific potential of Institutes for Advanced Study was published.


HIAS participates in NetIAS networking meetings within Europe, as well as in a number of innovative NetIAS programs. One of these is the CAT program (Constructive Advanced Thinking), which aims to invite groups of young international researchers to meet for a short period of time at different Institutes for Advanced Studies across Europe to work on their joint research topics – and to interact with different IAS and their fellows.


The Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS) and HIAS annually announce a joint fellowship that has the unique feature of combining teaching and research while getting to know several institutions in Germany.


Through the cooperation with STIAS, HIAS regularly invites early career researchers from the African continent who have been awarded a three-year Iso Lomso fellowship (Iso Lomso meaning “the eye of the tomorrow”), to spend a few months researching in Hamburg.


This local cooperation is an example of how HIAS can act as a platform to connect incoming fellows from Hamburg partner institutes with the interdisciplinary dynamics of the HIAS fellow community. This local cooperation with the Research Centre for Contemporary History in Hamburg (FZH) is an example of how HIAS can act as a platform that allows fellows from other Hamburg research institutions to participate in and benefit from the interdisciplinary dynamics within the HIAS fellow community.

The FZH invites applications for fellowships on urbanity and urban history from a contemporary historical perspective. The fellowships offer scholars with a track record of relevant research the opportunity to work on their own project in this field in Hamburg. The call is primarily addressed to scholars (PostDoc/Professor) working at universities or research institutions outside of Germany. The duration of the fellowships is up to four months each.

The cooperation with the FZH offers fellows the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the academic life of both the FZH and the HIAS. This includes public events as well as transdisciplinary exchange in internal colloquia. In this way, the collaboration offers the fellows as well as the two cooperating institutions valuable networking potential beyond their own respective disciplines.