LMU Munich is a lively centre of research on Eastern Europe: the Department of Eastern and South East European History, with four professorships, visiting lecturers, research assistants and numerous project staff, makes an important contribution to research and teaching on the turbulent past of the regions of Eastern and South Eastern Europe. From research into the imperial history of Russia and the Soviet Union to the religious history of East-Central Europe and ethnic conflicts in the Balkans, the regional, thematic and temporal focuses offer a wide variety.
Members of the institute are additionally members of larger research projects, among others the Centre for Advanced Studies ("Kollegforschungsgruppe") "Universalism and Particularism in European Contemporary History", which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The elite graduate program Eastern European Studies (in cooperation with the University of Regensburg) offers students an interdisciplinary education and trains their expertise for the area of Eastern, East Central and Southeastern Europe. The Munich Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies provides PhD-candidates with a framework for their dissertation.