The John F. Kennedy Institute

The John F. Kennedy Institute is renowned for its innovative interdisciplinary research as well as its rigorous study programs. Founded in 1963 by the political scientist Ernst Fraenkel, the institute is dedicated to the study of the United States and Canada in all its facets. The six disciplines brought together at the institute, the numerous scholarships and exchange programs which it sponsors in addition to its world class research library create a unique academic environment. Disciplinary diversity and in-depth intellectual inquiry lay the foundation for excellence in research and teaching.


The John F. Kennedy Institute brings together six different disciplines

Graduate School

The Graduate School of North American Studies has been funded by the German Research Foundation since 2006. The School's program is dedicated to a comprehensive and interdisciplinary analysis of the social, economic and cultural changes facing North America at the beginning of the 21st century.



Our newsletter appears once every semester and contains reports about recent events and activities, updates on new publications, and other news from the six departments. The official JFKI Blog is a new platform for students and faculty to announce events or publications and post research-based commentary or other noteworthy items.

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