The IZEA is headed by the Managing Director in consultation with a Board of Directors, which is composed of professors from various disciplines (English Studies, Evangelical Theology, German philology, History, Musicology, East European History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Romance philology). The Board of Directors puts forward new research projects and organizes the conferences and series of lectures at the IZEA. Its members work in collaboration with partners from within and outside Germany, and represent the IZEA in other scientific institutions. The Board is responsible for the publication of the scientific editions of the IZEA, as well as for the awarding of fellowships.
The IZEA supports research projects and feels particularly committed to the promotion of young researchers. In order to do so, the Board appoints graduate (in particular Ph.D.) scholars for fixed-term positions, invites guest researchers, and awards scholarships and fellowships to doctoral students and postdocs.