Like the Wissenschaftskolleg itself, the Ernst Reuter Foundation for Advanced Study was set up in 1980. Its task is to procure the funds needed to operate the Wissenschaftskolleg.
The Members' Assembly sets the guidelines for the Wissenschaftskolleg's work and determines its annual budget. It receives and formally accepts the Rector's annual report and annual statement of accounts.
The Academic Advisory Board advises the Kolleg's Rector on all academic matters. Particularly in regard to appointing Fellows, the Rector bases his decisions on the recommendations of this internationally composed body.