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Facts and figures

You can read general information about the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in our overview flyer (e-paper in German, English version will be out soon)

Member statistics

December 2020

Section I male 45   Section I male 32   Young Scholars male 7
  female 8    female 5     female 12
  total 53    total 37     total 19
Section II male 29  Section II male 8  Honorary
  female 13    female 4   
  total 42    total 12   
Section III male 54   Section III male 32 
  female 3    female 1   
  total 57    total 33   
Section IV male 43   Section IV male 22 
  female 7     female 2    
  total 50     total 24   

Staff statistics

December 2020

scientific staff non-scientific staff
male female male female


Research funding

The Free State of Bavaria is the academy’s main source of funding. In addition, the academy derives over one third of its annual budget of approximately EUR 45 million from external sources such as the European Union, the German Research Foundation and various endowments. 

Academies’ Programme

The majority of the external funding comes from the Academies’ Programme, which was set up to fund long-term research projects with a duration of 12 to a maximum of 25 years. The German government and federal states have been supporting the programme since 1979/80. Currently worth approximately EUR 60 million per annum, this is one of Germany’s top research programmes for the humanities. 

Coordinated by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, the Academies’ Programme employs a staff of around 900 working on 144 projects at 199 locations. The current (2016) level of funding under the programme is EUR 62.9 million. The Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities is involved in 25 programme projects at 25 locations spanning Bavaria, three other German states and Switzerland. In 2015, it received EUR 9 million in programme funding. 


Academy funds

Most of the academy’s wealth from endowments and legacies, which was quite considerable in the early days, was largely eroded as a result of inflation during the 20th century. The money remaining was used to set up two funds, with the proceeds supporting the academy’s research endeavours.

Budget (as of 2020)

Government funding Amount

Administration and Young scholars

Projects 772.366
Kommission für bayerische Landesgeschichte 474.082
Walther-Meißner-Institute for Low Temperature Research 3.089.507
Leibniz Supercomputing Centre 17.097.223
Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation 3.317.304
Staatliches Personal 20.282.700
Government funding total 46.098.646
Third-party fundingAmount
Academies programme 8.531.827
Projects 498.416 ­
Kommission für bayerische Landesgeschichte 81.029
Walther-Meißner-Institute for Low Temperature Research 3.246.077
Leibniz Supercomputing Centre 4.121.591
Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation 24.931


Third-party funding total:          



Third-party funding rate in % 26,36    


The main offices of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities are located in the north-east wing of the Munich Residenz (the former royal palace). It has other locations on the campuses of Bavarian universities, including the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the University of Würzburg. 

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre and the Walther-Meißner-Institute are located on the research campus in Garching. The Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) is located in the center of Munich.

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