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Eligibility & Terms

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, 2016 (winter semester) and April 1, 2017 (summer semester).