The quality of future research in general, but also the future performance capacity of individual higher education institutions and research sectors depends on one thing above all else: qualified junior talent. For that reason, supporting and educating budding scholars and scientists is one of the most important tasks performed by Freie Universität Berlin.
Strategic support for junior researchers at Freie Universität Berlin is also one of the three core areas in the university’s future development concept, which won funding in the Excellence Initiative jointly sponsored by the German federal and state governments in 2007 and 2012.
There are a large number of programs and options for providing targeted support for outstanding junior talent.
Freie Universität supports junior researchers by providing advice and services having to do with applying for doctoral grants and fellowships, structured doctoral programs, academic awards and external funding as well as support from the Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium of the state of Berlin. The career path model also provides targeted support to early career scholars and scientists across the various phases of their educational and working lives. The Dahlem Research School designs structured doctoral and qualification programs as well as fellowships for junior scholars and scientists at the university. The Center for Research Strategy provides further strategic support for junior scholars and scientists through various activities, including in junior research groups.