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Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin

Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies


The program promotes a new generation of young North American scholars with specialized knowledge of modern and contemporary Germany and Europe. The program supports scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on the period since the mid-18th century. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research which leads to completion of a monograph.

Art der Förderung

The program offers a stimulating academic environment that combines excellent research opportunities at one of Germany’s most distinguished research universities with intellectual and cultural interaction. Our biweekly colloquium serves as a central meeting point for all fellows to share, discuss and support each other’s work.

Essential to the program’s mission is our close cooperation with our North American partner, the German Studies Association (GSA), – the largest professional association of scholars focused on German, Austrian, and Swiss history, literature, culture studies, political science, and economics (www.thegsa.org). Each year, our Summer Workshop and the GSA Distinguished Lecture at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as our Alumni Panel at the GSA Annual Conference in the U.S. provide a forum for scholarly exchange and seek to strengthen ties between fellows, alumni and the academic community in Berlin and beyond.


The program accepts applications from U.S. and Canadian nationals, permanent (Greencard holders) and long-term residents (applicants whose main residence was North America before they entered the Ph.D. program, who have received previous academic degrees (B.A. or M.A.) or worked in North America.

Applicants for a dissertation fellowship must be full-time graduate students at a North American university, must have completed all coursework required for a Ph.D. and must have achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status by the time the proposed research stay in Berlin begins.

Also eligible are U.S. and Canadian Ph.D.s who have received their doctorates within the past two calendar years. Fellowships are awarded for a period between ten to twelve months and must be held for a single continuous period. Approximately twelve fellows are selected. The number of reapplications for each fellowship category is limited to two.

The Berlin Program Fellowship stipends are EUR 1400 per month for fellows working on a dissertation project and EUR 1600 per month for fellows working on a postdoctoral research project. In addition, the program reimburses costs for transatlantic travel up to a maximum of EUR 1200.

We offer two commencement dates in accordance with our academic calendar: October 1 (winter semester) and April 1 (summer semester).

All applications will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee of distinguished scholars whose area of specialization is matched as closely as possible with your field and topic. Your proposal should therefore be as thorough as possible, but written in clear non-technical prose.

Selection committee members are guaranteed that their comments and ratings remain confidential. Notifications are mailed in March. The committee understands the time and effort that go into preparing proposals. The comprehensive selection process ensures that all proposals are reviewed thoroughly.


Start preparing your application early. Download the forms provided, save them onto your computer and include your name in the file names (e.g., Miller_application.pdf, Miller_evaluation, Miller_reference etc.). You will need Adobe Reader 8 or higher. Do not use Preview (Mac OS X’s application for displaying PDF documents) to fill out the forms. There is a known problem of compatibility; PDF forms filled out in Preview will not display all form data when opened in Adobe programs.

Read the instructions carefully and determine how much time is needed for the preparation of your application.

Contact the persons you will ask to write a reference on your behalf well in advance.

Acquire (a) language evaluation(s).

Make arrangements for official transcripts.

Write your proposal including a bibliography.

Submit your application before the deadline on December 1. Make sure to proofread and double-check all documents. Once your application is submitted, it will no longer be possible to change it.

Questions: If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de.

Weitere Informationen


  • Allgemeine Förderung (Lebenshaltungskosten)
  • Forschungsprojekte


  • Deutschland


  • Ausländische Studierende


  • Promotion
  • Habilitation

Angestrebter Abschluss

  • Interne Promotion
  • Externe Promotion

Geförderte Fachrichtungen

  • allgemein: Gesellschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften
  • allgemein: Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften, Kunst und Gestaltung


Freie Universität Berlin
Garystr. 45
14195 Berlin

Telefon: +49 30 838 56671
Telefax: +49 30 838 56672
E-Mail: bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de
Internet: www.fu-berlin.de/bprogram


Karin Goihl
Telefon: +49 30 838 566-71
Telefax: +49 30 838 566-72
E-Mail: bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de
Internet: www.fu-berlin.de/bprogram

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