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Since 1986, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been a partner university of Freie Universität Berlin. This partnership was taken to a new level in 2011, when both universities signed an agreement for strategic cooperation. This agreement has since served as a role model for the development of further strategic partnerships of Freie Universität. More than 60 scholars from all university departments are actively collaborating in research and teaching with colleagues in Jerusalem. A special emphasis is put on the collaboration in the promotion of junior scholars. In February 2015, a contract for the award of joint PhD-degrees was signed. In October, the Berlin-Jerusalem Joint PostDoc Fellowship Program is going to start. 

Cooperation in the Social Sciences and Law

Within the framework of the Berlin-Jerusalem Initiative in Social Sciences, annual joint PhD workshops have been held regularly since 2009 by the Berlin School for Transnational Studies and the Department of International Relations of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Joint symposia and the exchange of doctoral candidates have been the focus of cooperation in the field of European Studies, as well as in the field of Communication Studies between the Institute of Media and Communication Studies of Freie Universität and the Smart Family Institute of Hebrew University. In October 2014, the first DFG (German Research Foundation)-funded joint German-Israeli Graduate School took up its work entitled “Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law, and Politics”. 20 doctoral candidates from the fields of Law, Political Science, History, Philosophy, and Ethics each in Berlin and Jerusalem will be participating in the program over the coming years.

Cooperation in the Humanities

Next to the traditionally strong ties in the fields of Jewish Studies and Theology, scholars in the Humanities actively collaborate within the framework of the excellence cluster TOPOI, as well as the special research fields (Sonderforschungsbereiche SFBs) in the Humanities at Freie Universität.

Since 2010, the joint summer school series “New Frontiers in Islamic Studies” has brought together outstanding scholars of Islamic Studies and their doctoral candidates and students. Humanities scholars of the Hebrew University are also involved in the new DAAD-funded strategic network “Principles of Cultural Dynamics”. An especially strong cooperation exists in the fields of Literature and History in the form of joint conferences and research exchanges, including the development of joint modules for teacher training. Further synergies in teaching are also benefited from in the Master’s program “Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World,” which has been established at Freie Universität by the research unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World. Freie Universität Berlin also takes part in the Axel Springer Lecture Series, which aims at providing new impulses for German Studies at Hebrew University.

Cooperation in the Sciences

In the Sciences, cooperation focuses mainly on the exchange of junior scholars as well as the development and implementation of joint research projects, especially in the Focus Area “NanoScale”, the Center for Supramolecular Interactions, the Berlin Mathematical School, and in the field of Geology. In the Life Sciences, scholars from Berlin and Jerusalem particularly cooperate in the fields of cancer research and the research of infectious diseases. Since 2015, both universities engage in the project "University Alliance for Sustainability" together with the other strategic partners of FU Berlin.

Annual Calls

From 2015 onward, a number of PostDoc Scholarships will be awarded anually within the frame of the Berlin-Jerusalem Joint PostDoc Fellowship Program.

To promote the strategic partnership, a fund has been established for the development of new projects through “seed money”. The call for applications is published annually and follows a competitive procedure.

With the generous support of the Zoologischer Garten Berlin AG the Ludwig Armbruster Fellowship Program offers research fellowships to doctoral students enrolled at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who wish to pursue parts of their doctoral research at Freie Universität Berlin.

Examples for funded projects since 2012:





Prof. Oncken

Prof. Agnon

Preparation of a joint research project proposal
Educational Science

Prof. Röttger-Rössler

Prof. Ajzenstadt

“Implementing Culture into Developmental Research”
Veterinary Medicine

Prof. Eule

Prof. Ofri

“Physiology and defense mechanisms of the ocular surface in the pathogenesis of infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis“
Political and Social Sciences

Prof. Risse

Prof. Börzel

Prof. Levi-Faur

Prof. Kacowicz

Short Intensive Graduate Workshop


Prof. Holger Reich, Prof. Günter Ziegler

Joint Symposium „Actions Now!“

International Relations

Prof. Thomas Risse

Pilot project joint PhD Workshop series, and development of a proposal for third party funding

European Studies

Prof. Carina Sprungk

Joint workshop „External Governance in Theory and Practice: Insights from Israel and the European Union“

German Studies

Prof. Irmela von der Lühe

Joint symposium „Forms and Function of Human in German Jewish Contemporary Literature“


Prof. Rainer Kampling

Preparation of a joint research project proposal


Prof. Martin Lücke

Development of joint academic course “Memory, Remembrance, and Public History in Germany and Israel”


Prof. Stephanie Reich

Doctoral exchange and preparation of a joint research project proposal

Literary Studies

Prof. Joachim Küpper, Prof. Susanne Zepp

Development of a joint lecture series


Prof. Klaus Hoffmann-Holland

Preparation of DFG-proposal for an international research training group “Human Rights under Pressure”

Earth Sciences

Prof. Konstantin Terytze

Bilateral workshops to identify research synergies in the field of geo-ecology and preparation of joint research proposals

Earth Sciences

Prof. Steffen Mischke

Bilateral workshops (paleontology)

For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the partnership coordinator: