Bavarian Academic Center for Latin America (BAYLAT)

The Bavarian Academic Center for Latin America (BAYLAT) is a service institution operating in Bavaria of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts (StMWK) facilitating partnerships and collaboration between Bavarian and Latin American universities, research institutions and government bodies. Brazil is one of the main partner countries in Latin America. BAYLAT advocates and promotes science, cooperation and higher education diplomacy.

Since the establishment of the German Science and Innovation House São Paulo, BAYLAT has maintained a dynamic network partnership with the DWIH and has been an associated supporter on the advisory board since 2018. This BAYLAT and DWIH São Paulo collaboration includes, among other things, exchange of information, event support, and referrals to potential partners.

BAYLAT offers various international research and teaching funding programs and support services. A peculiarity in Bavaria, the research and cooperation network LATinBAY (Lateinamerika in Bayern) established by BAYLAT not only facilitates professional exchange between scientists conducting Latin America focused research, but also promotes cooperation between Bavarian and Latin American researchers using a cooperation system:

The initial funding for scientists represents BAYLAT’s central subsidy program. Another important call for bids is the FAPESP/BAYLAT workshop tender. Since Bavaria is a partner region of the state of São Paulo, BAYLAT has maintained an active agreement since 2012 with the São Paulo Research Foundation (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo – FAPESP). This involves the establishment of sustainable research alliances and the organization of scientific events and more.

Furthermore, BAYLAT offers mobility grants for Bavarian students and scholarships for Latin American students. All these measures strengthen the professional cooperation with 20 Latin American countries and drive the internationalization of institutions in both regions.


Dr. Irma de Melo-Reiners

Executive Director