The Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum - a Center for Transnational Studies - is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research center at the University of Augsburg, which merges, connects and brings together research foci and key issues in the cultural sciences, humanities and social sciences and promotes their public visibility. It encourages academic exchange between its members, coordinates international cooperation, organizes conferences, facilitates the publication of research results and offers support in the administration and acquisition of third-party funds.


The Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum continuously distributes grants for


Research Labs (small project workshops)


The Research Lab grant scheme is only open to members of the Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum. The scheme enables JFZ members to invite 4-8 colleagues to a small project workshop held in Augsburg (on- or off-campus). The objective of a Research Lab must be to debate a research topic, to further develop an existing project idea or to work on a specific funding proposal. The Research Lab provides a framework for intense discussions and focussed work. 


Invitations to a Research Lab can be extended to colleagues from the University of Augsburg as well to national and international researchers involved in the corresponding project. If funding is approved for a Research lab grant application, the JFZ will cover the following costs: 


  • Accommodation and meal expenses for all participants for 1 or 2 nights at a conference center in the greater Augsburg area (up to € 200 per person per day), as well as the rent for a conference room
  • Travel expenses (2nd class train or economy class flight tickets) for participants not residing in Augsburg

JFZ will also provide administrative support for organizing the Round Table.


The Research Lab participants must submit a short final report that outlines the key findings and the next steps towards submitting a funding proposal. 

Guidance for applicants


Applications for a Research Lab should include the following documents:


  • Short description of the research topic (1-2 pages), including details about the funding institution and grant scheme the proposal will be developed for
  • List of participants to be invited
  • Tentative Research lab data
  • Statement on whether funding for this project has already been applied for from third parties and, if so, what the status of the review is.

Funding applications for Research Labs are accepted on a continuous basis but should be submitted no later than 3 months before the planned date. Funding decisions are made by the Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum management team. Please submit your application via email to:

Universität Augsburg
Jakob-Fugger-Zentrum – Forschungskolleg für Transnationale Studien
Phone: +49 821 / 598 – 5208


Center Management