The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe - Institute of the Leibniz Association is one of the central institutions of historical research on East Central Europe in Germany. It is a member of the Leibniz Association.
The institute devotes itself intensively to the history and culture of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Kaliningrad region. Its work focuses on transnational links in both this region and with other parts of Europe, as well as on the history of historic German settlements. The institute has many years of experience in the construction and operation of research and information infrastructures and goes new ways in developing and making available digital knowledge. It offers its users one of the best special libraries and has extensive collections. It conducts research and development projects and organizes conferences, workshops and lectures. A fellowship program allows for research stays lasting from one to three months. Its numerous publications include the Journal of East Central European Studies (ZfO).