From November 2012 to April 2014 Schaffenrath is fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation at the University of Freiburg.
In the field of Neo-Latin studies, Florian Schaffenrath is interested especially in epic poetry: As his PhD thesis, he published the poem Columbus of father Ubertino Carrara SJ (Rome 1715), an epic poem in 12 books about the first voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World. Shorter articles deal inter alia with Petrarch’s Africa and Sannazaro’s De partu Virginis. As a member of the research group “Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur in Tirol” (to be published in 2012), Schaffenrath is also interested in writing regional history of Neo-Latin literature. He has edited several texts and published numerous articles on the subject of the Tirol. Schaffenrath is member of the “International Association of Neo-Latin Studies” (IANLS) and of the “Deutsche Neulateinische Gesellschaft” (DNG). In the LBI for Neo-Latin Studies he is the key researcher in the politics line.