Tobias Lenz at the Leuphana Conference Week 2022


Academic positions


2023 – 2024

European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Visiting fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre

2020 – present

Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

Professor of International Relations
Leader of Leibniz Junior Research Group (German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Germany)

2019 – 2020

German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, Germany

Senior Research Fellow
Leader of Leibniz Junior Research Group

2013 – 2019

University of Göttingen and German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, Germany

Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessor) of Global Governance and Comparative Regionalism

2015 – 2016

European University Insitute, Florence, Italy

Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow

2011 – 2013

Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Postdoctoral fellow on the project “Causes and Consequences of Multilevel Governance”, directed by Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks 



2007 – 2012

St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, UK

Doctorate in International Relations (D.Phil.)

2005 – 2007

St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, UK

Master in Politics: European Politics and Society (M.Phil) 

2001 – 2004

University of Osnabrück, Germany

Bachelor in European Studies (B.A.)

Awards and grants (selection)

2018 – 2023

Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Germany

Project grant for “The Authority of International Organizations and Institutional Overlap” (4.5 years, with Yoram Haftel, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel)

2018 – 2024

Leibniz Association – Leibniz Best Minds

Junior Research Group on “Sources and Consequences of Legitimation Strategies of Regional Organizations” (6 years)


Teaching Award

Department of Social Sciences, University of Goettingen

2015 – 2018

Daimler-and-Benz Foundation

Project grant for “Diffusing the EU Model? The European Union’s Influence on Regional Organizations” (3 years)


University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

European Union Fellow, Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE)

2010 – 2011

Free University of Berlin, Germany

Predoctoral fellow, Research College, The Transformative Power of Europe

2003 – 2010

Foundation of German Business (sdw)

Merit scholarship for undergrate, graduate and postgraduate studies

2005 – 2009

Economic and Social Research Council, UK

Student Quota Award (2+2)


Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University, UK

Abbey-Santander Award and Cyril Foster Award for D.Phil fieldwork in South America, Southern Africa and Southeast Asia 

2004 – 2005

Carlo Schmid Programme [»]

Program funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German National Merit Foundation to support internships in international organizations  

1997 – 1998

Parlamentarisches Patenschaftsprogramm [»»]

Exchange program sponsored by the German Bundestag and the US Congress