Historical college

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Kaulbach-Villa in Munich, since 1988 the seat of the historical college

The historical college was founded in 1980 in Munich. The college is sponsored by the “Foundation for the Promotion of the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the Historical College”. It is based in the Kaulbach Villa in Munich.


The historical college was founded by the foundation fund of Deutsche Bank , which aims to promote science in research and teaching, and by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft . Initially, it was supported by the “Foundation of the Historical College” and financed exclusively from private funds. Since 1988 it has been based in the Kaulbach Villa in Munich, which was repaired by the college founders and the Free State of Bavaria . Since the college year 2000/2001, the Free State of Bavaria has been assuming the basic financial resources of the college, while private donors provide the funds for the research grants. The college is headed by a board of trustees, whose chairman is currently the historian Martin Schulze Wessel .

Chair of the Board of Trustees

tasks and goals

The college serves to promote outstanding German and foreign scholars in the field of historical sciences. For this purpose, research grants are awarded for a period of one year. During this time, the scholarship holders are released from their university obligations so that they can concentrate on a larger research project and publish the results. During their research year, the fellows invite colleagues from Germany and abroad to a colloquium in which they present their scientific project and put it up for discussion. In addition, the scholarship holder has to give a public lecture from his work area. The results of the collogium and the public lecture are published in the writings of the historical college.

Scholarship holders (selection)

Prize of the Historical College

Every three years since 1983 the college has awarded the Prize of the Historisches Kolleg , which is also known as the German Historians Prize .


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