Starting in 2015, the Einstein Foundation Berlin is financing the development of the Einstein Center for Ancient Studies, initially for a three-year period. The goal is to expand upon the outstanding interdisciplinary research and cooperation activities under way within the field of ancient studies in Berlin that are highly regarded both within Germany and internationally and to establish them on a long-term basis. Emphasis is also being placed on targeted support for junior scholars and digitization efforts for research on the ancient world.
These activities are being supported by the Berliner Antike-Kolleg, which was formed in 2011 based on the cluster of excellence "TOPOI: The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations." Participating institutions include all the institutions in Berlin that work with questions and research fields in the area of ancient studies, including Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), in Berlin, and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) – Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation).