The DZHK was founded in 2012 and is organized as a non-profit association.
Members are the partner institutions of the seven partner sites. The Rules of the DZHK e.V. allow the partner sites a high degree of autonomy and participation in the General Assembly (one vote per site).
The General Assembly meets twice a year and decides on all fundamental strategic topics. In return, all DZHK member institutions commit themselves to active participation in the committees, to adhering to basic rules at their sites and to implementing the overarching strategy.