The School for Historical Research is home to about 150 young and experienced scholars with different qualifications who are working on a whole range of individual and collaborative research projects. These include a Graduate School (Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology / BGHS and a Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 584 "The Political as Communicative Space in History"). It is also participating in the Research Network for Latin America: "Ethnicity, Citizenship, Belonging" (in cooperation with the Universities of Cologne and Bonn and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and the Center for InterAmerican Studies (CIAS, in cooperation with the Faculty of Linguistics and Literary Studies). One recent development is the establishment of the Research Group Entangled Histories: Asymmetries, Transfers and Identities in Global Perspectives (ENTRY). The School for Historical Research coordinates all academic activities and encourages interdisciplinary cooperation, international exchange, and both internal and external communication. Study groups, student exhibition projects, and courses are designed to integrate general skills, key competencies, and career orientations into academic education at all levels from Bachelor through to Doctorate.
The Bielefeld School has a national and international reputation for theory-driven interdisciplinary, and innovative historical research. This profile is reinforced by a unique tradition of regular colloquia. With a total of twelve Research Colloquia each week covering all the different epochs and thematic fields, the Bielefeld School offers a lively forum for presenting and discussing new developments in historical research. Distinguished historians from all over Germany and abroad contribute as guest lecturers. This provides a challenging and inspiring research environment especially for Master- and PhD-students.